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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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Screens, Social Media, and Middle School Kids

Personally, I’m a huge fan of our middle school principal and his measured and thought provoking commentary on what is happening in the school. This is just a snippet from a recent newsletter, but thought it worthwhile to share:

We notice how much of the drama and struggle kids have at school is linked directly to the time and influences they are getting from social media, edgy television, and interactive gaming when those things go unmonitored. I can’t tell you how many friendship break-ups happen in 5th and 6th grade because someone insulted someone else while playing Fortnite! I can’t tell you how many issues that would have been forgotten by 4pm but have grown into anxiety because kids continue the petty conversations through their texting apps and social media late into the night. I can’t tell you how many parents seek the school to fix these things or label other people’s kids as “the problem” when the real problem is any kids having unlimited access to interactive technology when their brain is not developed enough to deal with it. This is a societal problem.

Something I can tell you, is I believe as parents we’re all trying to do our best. I can also tell you that no child is born mean. Kids just aren’t ready for all that we’ve allowed them access to, because it’s so darn intriguing (and designed to addict us all).Like this? Consider joining my mailing list, or at least using my affiliate link when buying from Amazon 🙂

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Is it time to quit social media?

As I read this article what was running through the back of my mind was, “is it time to quit social media?”, and to be honest… but for being involved in real estate and a large bulk of that requiring being “engaged” I’m not sure I have much use for it. Never before has it been easier for marketers to target and connect with their “target audience”. You do realize that’s what social media has become right? The proverbial barrel where the fish are to shoot.

So, is it possible to take back the social networks? I’m not sure it is – at least with the current companies. Built from the ground up, or under a completely different model – maybe. But as the article linked to above points out it would be to the detriment of the “bottom line”.

Would I like a feed where I only see posts from my family, and maybe some other groups at my leisure? Of course, but unless I’m paying for that the only recourse I have is to a platform that has the resources to provide it based on the party that is willing to pay for it – the marketers.

So what would this “social media” service of the future look like? Number one, it should be built on a privacy, no-advertising first model. Second, I believe it should be decentralized, but speak a standard protocol – just like how email service is provided. Then, organizations like companies, teams, or even families could manage their own little groups and individuals could determine what they want to see or who they want to connect with…

And yet, as I sit here writing this, I wonder if it’s even possible or needed. After all, I’m able to run my own little blog right here. You can share it on social media if you so choose. In fact, I’ll probably post it to my account – and try not to look at the “likes” or “comments” that fuel the FB “engagement” engine.

So, while I may have just rambled for a number of paragraphs, let me finish by encouraging you to consider your use of social media, and at a minimum strongly consider turning off your notifications and moving the app to a sub-folder on your phone (just those two things alone have made a huge difference in my life). I would also encourage you to look into downloading and using Signal Messenger in place of text messaging and especially in favor of the social media messaging platforms.

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Porn is not the worst thing on obscure social media sites

Love the reminder why my kids aren’t getting a phone or going on social media any time soon (if ever)…

“Puberty is harrowing enough in physical form, asking a child to also manage an online ego is like asking them to thread a needle while the plane is going down”

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You, Too, Can Live Like Royalty and Delete All Your Social Media Accounts

Something to think about…

For centuries, inbred weirdos in castles ruled every aspect of our lives. These days, they mostly just suck up public assistance that might be better spent on, I don’t know, helping sick kids or something.

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Billionaire ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg and admits he helped build a monster

Yes, I realize the irony of posting this to FB, but it will also be on my blog which is where I’d like to see a lot of what goes on SM now distributed to.
Billionaire ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg and admits he helped build a monster

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