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    • Apologies to @apm for the tongue in cheek title, but let's talk a little more about the perceived commitment of social media, resulting in the sense of needing to announce our exits.

      I've posted a few "Goodbye" posts over the years on social platforms, but they were primarily on forums or mailing lists where either I wouldn't get notified of posts directed at me (forums), or I was unsubscribing, and would no longer be receiving the messages (mailing lists).

      I've never felt the same compunction on the current batch of planet class social platforms. Chances are, I will get notification of the activity via a push notification or email, and these days, I tend to drop a profile on platforms whether or not I intend on using them for the long run, just to have a login there should I choose to use it.

      Cake is one of the first platforms to really benefit from that behavior. I had a burst of activity when first testing the platform, noted the current low level activity, and only came here when I thought I had something thoughtful to share (given that thoughtful posts tend to do better to spawn thoughtful conversations on smaller platforms than on large).

      However, given that I'm married to my inbox, every time a tag or reply or reaction came up (like APM's on their exit post), it was an excuse to take a break from what I was doing and pop over.

      When more notifications come through, I'm here more. When less come through, I'm here less. Nowhere in that range does the thought "Delete my account" come up. As @Chris mentioned in his comment on that thread, I have lots of platforms like Quora where maybe I participate, maybe I don't.

      The one place where I do see "Goodbye" posts frequently is Facebook Groups, where you leave a trail of greyed out name posts behind, so it seems appropriate to say something if you care about folks in the community.

      For Cake, though? Leave your account live, @apm. The worst that happens is you're reminded of or drawn into a thoughtful conversation.

    • This post made me think of all the places I am. Wow, I wonder how unusual I am. Amazon sometimes to post product reviews. GoodReads and Audible. LinkedIn to occasionally post. BH Photo for camera reviews. Petapixel. YouTube for comments on videos. Strava for runs. Sometimes comments on The New York Times, sometimes read editor's picks comments there. Reddit and YouTube every day, sometimes commenting, sometimes uploading a video. I have a few boards on Pinterest. Medium for the occasional essay. Product Hunt now and then. Twitter and Facebook every other day or so. ADVrider daily. Flickr and SmugMug often. Instagram sometimes.

      The only one I remember not going to anymore that I used to go to is Google+. Dunno quite why.

      Tumblr never stuck with me.

      Here's something awesome from Quora:

    • I have a dormant FB account, but I don't post there nor do I open it for content. I don't have any intention of using it, but I just haven't gotten around to deleting my profile yet. When I eventually do, it'll just be a silent deletion.

      Google+ on the other hand was different.

    • Leaving social media channels. Interesting concept. But if we think about it, what does it really mean? We've had interactions that created a mental bond, but was it with others or just as much with ourselves? It's not like real life, because once one meets there, the whole phenomena no longer applies.

    • There are users and words sent and received to include tags to add context. These can be connected via a phone number or an email which can be authored or received in written, video or audio form through an open feed on the web based on permissions given or granted. Oh how I wish it could be that easy. But really what is the difference between a voicemail, a text, a video, a podcast, a social post, a comment, an email, a word doc or a data file? Not much other than barriers of code coralling users into monetized gardens of interest. Still love Cake though. They are the least of the violators in my utopian dream. LOL.

    • Your comment about Cake running ads against topics is spot on Chris. I just wrapped up this podcast with Joe Rogan and Jack Dorsey where Dorsey repeatedly expresses his regret Twitter has not built in better features to search and follow by topics and interests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mP9OmOFxc4

      Seems like Twitter may be looking at adding these features but my god does this seem like such a no brainer to me. I think this demonstrates how in front of this movement to bring controls back to the user Cake really is. Dorsey may have even referenced thoughtful conversations in the interview or something close to it. His wishful thinking sounded quite a bit like Cake. I'm sure you guys feel like you have quite a ways to go but at least you are one of the few platforms on the right path.