Secure Social Media (SSM) using Signal

If you’ve paid attention to my posts over the years you know that I’ve never been a huge fan of social media companies primarily for the advertising and “customer as product” approach. You also know that I am a fan of Signal messenger for their end-to-end encryption, cross platform apps, and desktop app (for easy hands on keyboard chatting). You may have also noticed I haven’t been as active on the socials lately. Well, with some of the recent additions to the Signal app I think it’s time to put it to use as not only a messaging platform, but also for secure social media (SSM).

But how do I do this you ask? Simple. Once you’ve installed the Signal app create a new “Group”. I would suggest starting the group name with something like “SSM Timeline” then adding the name (yours or the group) after. So, for instance, my group is named “SSM Timeline: Mark Jacobsen”. From there it’s a matter of what you want to do with the group, but here are a few ideas…

Personal Timeline: So, just like above, named something like “SSM Timeline: John Doe”, decide if you want “Disappearing Messages”, set “Admins” for “Who Can Add Members” and “Who Can Edit Group Info”, and finally create a “Group Link” if you want to share (be sure to turn on “Approve New Members” so you get a say on who can join). For instance, here’s my link if you want to join my timeline.

Moderated Group: Sometimes there are groups that need a few admins. You can accomplish that with the same settings as above and just adding other group members as admins.

Business/Public Interest: I don’t know about you, but I like to hear about my favorite businesses. In that case, you can create a group and allow anyone to add members and turn of new member moderation. As an admin you’ll still have the ability to remove someone if they’re being difficult. Be sure to create a “Group Link” too. For example, here’s a group for my real estate business, FreedomRE.

So, as you can see, using Secure Social Media (SSM) via Signal gives you your privacy back without being the “product”, gives you control (mute people/groups with too much activity), and allows you to do it all from one cross platform app! Join me today!

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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 28

Day 28 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 389 items, but since it’s the last day of the month I threw in an extra 11 to bring the total up to a nice round 400. If you’re curious to see how the whole month went view the Tag.

What did I learn in the course of getting rid of 400 physical items? Mostly that I had a lot of tech and misc wires/cables πŸ™‚ but also that it wasn’t so bad. Looking around there’s definitely more to purge especially if we add in more family/kids items, but that’s for the whole family to decide on. For now I prob just need to move on to a shredding or burn party for old docs.

If you did the #LessIsNow #MinsGame challenge in the past, this last month, or are thinking about it for the future, drop a message in the comments. I’d love to hear your story.

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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 27

Day 27 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 361 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Moving on to some of the kids stuff
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 26

Day 26 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 334 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Moving onto the garage
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 25

Day 25 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 308 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Breaking into the glassware
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 24

Day 24 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 283 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Starting to dip into the tools now too…
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 23

Day 23 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 259 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Still more cables, but also a good deal of history
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 22

Day 22 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 236 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Mostly old mementos I have touched or looked at in forever
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 21

Day 21 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 214 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

Starting to get serious with what where some bigger purchases back in the day…
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#LessIsNow #MinsGame Day 20

Day 20 of the β€œMinimalism Gameβ€œ. That’s 193 total items. If you want to follow along and see how far I can make it: Watch the Tag

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