It’s a new year, and I’m going to try something new, even though this involves writing a post on a topic I thought I was done with–social media. But hey, time moves on, things change, and all that. Twitter has a new CEO, and they’ve ratchetted up their censorship to what I think are ridiculous levels. I’m still on Twitter, though–they’re not threatening to kick me off or anything like that since my content is pretty inoffensive. So this is in addition to my current Twitter plus Facebook.
Using Gettr.com is a lot like using Twitter. Your posts still need to be reasonably brief–777 characters or less. And there does need to be a way to ban people on social media platforms–otherwise you end up with a feed that’s full of Nazis and porn. I get that. The following is an excerpt from the terms of service:
“GETTR holds freedom of speech as its core value and does not wish to censor your opinions. Nonetheless, GETTR may, but will not have any obligation to, review, monitor, display, post, store, maintain, accept, or otherwise make use of, any of your UGC, and GETTR may, in its sole discretion, reject, delete, move, re-format, remove, or refuse to post or otherwise make use of UGC without notice or any liability to you or any third-party in connection with our operation of UGC venues in an appropriate manner, such as to enhance accessibility of UGC, address copyright infringement, and protect Users from harmful UGC. Without limitation, we may, but do not commit to, do so to address content that comes to our attention that we believe is offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, pornographic, violent, harassing, threatening, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate, or to enforce the rights of third parties or these Terms or any applicable Additional Terms. For example, this may include content identified as personal bullying, sexual abuse of a child, attacking any religion or race…” https://support.gettr.com/hc/en-us/articles/4410447029267-GETTR-TERMS-OF-USE
The downside for me is that it’s like a return to 2015. Instead of thousands of followers, I have hardly any. And that’s no fun.
So I thought I’d invite people to join me there. If we get enough, then our networks should start to grow organically. I figure the people there might want to read something besides politics, right? And we bloggers and authors are constantly generating content. Having read a lot of it, I’ll go so far as to say we produce entertaining content. So who knows? It might be a way to break through the static-y fog of Twitter and Facebook. They’re so huge, it’s hard to stand out. I thought I’d try someplace that’s just starting.
One quick note: Gettr seems to be as conservative as Twitter has become left-leaning. As a centrist, it doesn’t bother me much. If that’s a problem for you, you might want to give Gettr a pass.
You can find me on Gettr here: https://gettr.com/user/cathleent. Please leave your username in the comment section, and I’ll follow you. Hopefully, we can all follow each other.
Happy New Year! : )