The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.

The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/

I haven’t been very active here in a long time. Mostly these days I’ve been on Mastodon. it’s more like Twitter than Google+, but it’s really a collection of smaller networks that talk (almost) seamlessly to each other like different email servers. You can sign up on a server based on topic, location, language or just on a whim, and you can interact with people on every other Mastodon instance…and several other networks that use the same system to interact, but handle photos, blogging, etc.

It’s an open-source project where each server is run by volunteers, which means:

1. Real people can handle moderation for their servers.
2. Different servers have their own policies on both content and conduct.
3. The network has no incentive to data-mine your activity for advertising or show you the posts that are most likely to get you angry and keep you reading , replying and reposting.

I wrote up a brief comparison of what makes Mastodon different from Twitter, in terms of actually using the service.
https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/consider-mastodon/

You can get started here:
https://joinmastodon.org

Finally, if you want to follow me on Mastodon, I’m KelsonV on Wandering.Shop. You can see my profile here: https://wandering.shop/@kelsonv (I also have two other accounts where I focus on books and photography, both of which are linked from my main one.)