I’ve never had any particular fear of social media. It has served a purpose and I’ve had a good time over the years on many platforms. I surprised myself, however, when I decided to get myself off of Instagram this week. It was a long time coming I suppose. A number of things have changed since I joined the service in 2013.
Essentially, I found that engagement has bottomed out and like so many social media platforms, it has become more of a personal broadcast and advertising service. Communication is, in other words, mostly one way. With the rapid adoption of the Snapchat-like Stories, what did remain has mostly been taken into private conversation. With all that, I decided that it wasn’t for me anymore.
I still take plenty of pictures though. They’re up at pics.historynerd.ca, which can also be found in this site’s navigation menu above.