Lion of the Blogosphere

Social media platform of the decade

Out of the running

Google+ Abandoned by Google. This goes to show you that even the most powerful internet company can’t compete against an established platform like Facebook.

Blogs Blogs are dead. So sad.

Tumblr Isn’t that kind of like a lightweight blog without comments?

Flickr and all other photo-sharing platforms that are not Instagram (does anyone remember Webshots?) All dead.

Pinterest I can’t even look at this site without creating an account, and nothing about this site had made me want to create an account.

Honorable mention

Reddit It’s kind of useful, but run by SJWs. If you write a post that’s interesting or unique because it disagrees with the crowd, it will get massively downvoted. And also, the site has peaked.

PornHub It ought to get a mention, at least. It’s certainly not dead.

#6 Facebook

Facebook has too many users to ignore, but I don’t find it fun, and more importantly, young people no longer find it fun. Facebook usage among teenagers has plummeted, and probably less than a third of teens use it with any regularity. Facebook is the social media platform for Generation X, and as much as I may stick up for my generation, my generation as a whole isn’t a trendsetter.

#5 Twitch

Twitch is still up and coming, the place where people stream themselves playing videogames. Before the start it the decade, the very idea of this seemed strange and nonsensical, so Twitch deserves a place on this list for moving the culture forward.

#4 TikTok

TikTok is on an upwards trend. A big upwards trend. It can’t be ignored. Although I don’t think this platform has any appeal to old people (old being anyone old enough to have graduated college). Unless you enjoy looking at pictures of beautiful blonde slutty girls, many of them under the age of 18, bopping around for 15 seconds at a time. In which case you can enjoy TikTok as a spectator. Jeffrey Epstein surely would have enjoyed this app if he knew about it.

#3 YouTube

YouTube is the most useful social media platform. There is so much to watch here, it’s not just morons trying to become social media influencers. I use it to watch music videos, and Critical Role where “nerdy-ass” voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. If there’s something you want information about, you can usually find it on YouTube. Often, the video you find is actually useful.

#2 Twitter

Without Twitter, Trump wouldn’t be President.

#1 Instagram

Instagram has gone from practically nothing in 2010 to being the world’s most influential app. Instagram has changed photography, and changed the way we see the world. People may argue in ways not for the best. Instagram has caused overtourism, and changed food from being about the taste to being about the presentation, has changed pretty much everything to being about the presentation.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 7, 2020 at 2:08 PM

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  1. Not a major player, but what do you think of vsco?

    Jokah Macpherson

    January 7, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    • What is VSCO anyway? I do a lot of reverse image search on stuff I find on Pinterest. It has photos, but there must be more than that to it (?)

      Frau Katze

      January 8, 2020 at 1:59 AM

  2. My teenage daughters consider Snapchat a sm platform. Most of their socializing is through that and Instagram. Reddit has a solid standing as a nerd platform for all ages. Two of my teens are heavy users. I wouldn’t say Reddit has peaked but it will never be more than a gathering spot for nerdy/ aapergery types. I’ve also noticed if you add ‘reddit’ as a google search term you get higher quality answers.

    I agree about youtube. Big surprise because way back when I didn’t see it going anywhere beyond pirated music videos. Almost all my kids religiously follow various youtubers and I myself devotedly follow mark wiens.

    toomanymice

    January 7, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    • What’s with Mark Wien’s orgasm expressions every time he bites into something allegedly tasty? Strange man.

      Roli

      January 7, 2020 at 3:26 PM

  3. Blogs are not dead. Case in point: right here.

    Ripple Earthdevil

    January 7, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    • More properly, blogs peaked roughly a decade ago and are a shadow of what they once were.

      Wency

      January 7, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    • LONG LIVE BLOGS! And also message boards.

      GondwanaMan

      January 7, 2020 at 8:06 PM

      • Amen!

        S.J., Esquire

        January 8, 2020 at 7:50 AM

  4. Motherless.com. Best p*rn site anywhere. Huge amount of content catering to every fetish you’ve heard of, some you haven’t heard of, and some you’ll wish you haven’t heard of. Virus free and no pop up ads.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    January 7, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    • I will wait until AFTER I get home from work to check it out.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 7, 2020 at 3:06 PM

      • There was a Playmate by the name of Lindsey Vuolo who was actually part Italian on her father’s side (who later converted to Judaism) and she decided to pose for Playboy while attending Temple services. She is the 1st who is openly Jewish where she became a target of criticism from the Orthodox community.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 7, 2020 at 7:26 PM

      • do a review of motherless after you’re done checking it out

        gm

        January 7, 2020 at 10:09 PM

      • It looks gay.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 7, 2020 at 10:21 PM

      • I’d never heard of Lindsey Vuolo. But wikipedia says her mother was jewish and her italian father converted to judaism. So she didn’t convert. She was born and raised jewish. Which should be obvious from her shrewd business strategy — she had it, she sold it and she’s still got it!

        destructure

        January 9, 2020 at 8:09 AM

    • Not assuming anything about your age, but what do you think happened to all the copies of the pre-video era explicit stroke mags, i.e. from the period roughly 1977-85? They’d have very high quality color photography with a straight-on meat shot. Since Ebay won’t accept them for sale, I wonder if they all got destroyed.

      Vipltd

      January 7, 2020 at 7:01 PM

      • They are still in people’s attics.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 7, 2020 at 10:14 PM

      • Some comic book shops that are still around in Manhattan despite the high rents should carry a stock of adult/erotica magazines. Still a form of prole entertainment that attracts the same guys who like action heroes in a cartoon setting.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 7, 2020 at 10:44 PM

      • According to what I have read, all the old porn magazines are stashed out in the woods in soggy piles.

        Rosenmops

        January 8, 2020 at 4:02 PM

      • Maybe they’ve been digitized by “enthusiasts”. But of course they couldn’t be put on the web due to copyright. Mind you, lots of people don’t seem to care about that. Or they give a whirl.

        Otherwise there will be my predicted photo shortage from the days of colour film,

        Frau Katze

        January 8, 2020 at 10:45 PM

      • “According to what I have read, all the old porn magazines are stashed out in the woods in soggy piles.”

        Wait, are you really a teenage boy from the 70’s?

        Mike Street Station

        January 11, 2020 at 8:52 AM

  5. Reddit like youtube has also a lot of practical information if you ignore the political stuff. Many times when I need advice on a particular subject I search there rather than in the internet in general. But reddit is not a “social media” site because it is anonymous, it is more like forum and in that sense Stack overflow is even more of a social media site since people tend to identify themselves there more than in reddit and the whole stack echo system is very influential and critical for many people work life.

    Hashed

    January 7, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    • I used to spend a good deal of time on the Unresolved Mysteries subreddit, all sorts of discussions about mysteries with an emphasis on strange disappearances. Unfortunately, it’s turned into a group psychotherapy session for cowardly women, who are interested only in cases involving female victims (the Missing White Woman Syndrome) and who constantly natter on about how fearful and vulnerable they are because they’re women. Never mind the fact that men are far more likely to vanish and to become victims of foul play.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      January 7, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    • Being anonymous does not stop a platform from being “social media,” I don’t notice many people here without pseudonyms.

      I use the same pseudonym everywhere. This increases the chances of being found out. But since I retired I don’t care.

      Frau Katze

      January 9, 2020 at 8:35 PM

  6. Tinder ?

    Bruno

    January 7, 2020 at 3:53 PM

  7. Pinterest: a good site for nature and landscape photos. In almost all cases these are pinned from photo sites, the three biggest being Flickr, Instagram and 500px. So do the original photographers care? Flickr (the oldest of the three) lets each person decide. They can turn sharing off.

    Instagram doesn’t seem to care. 500px (the only one of the three that is not intended for your family photos) permits pinning but it’s good to read the photographer’s “about” section. If there are statements about no use then don’t use!

    I do a nightly feature at the blog Blazing Cat Fur that displays a dozen nature/ landscape photos. I’ve been doing it for years. I have about 150K pins, categorized by country (our readers are Canadians with some Americans and other English speakers) and season: fall, winter and green (spring and summer).

    The good thing about Pinterest is that you can create boards and sections within boards. A perfect way to find a set that looks good together.

    Note: I’m very careful to always give the photographer’s name on Pinterest, and of course in the nightly roundup. To reduce the risk of copyright complaints, I delete each post from Blazing Cat Fur after a week.

    I have a large collection of my own photos but they’re all on film. Anyone got suggestions for digitizing them? Buy a machine or send them out?.

    Frau Katze

    January 7, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    • Digitizing photos is an art, if you don’t do it yourself it won’t come out the way you want it to.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 7, 2020 at 4:33 PM

      • So if you digitized my photos for me I wouldn’t be happy?

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        January 7, 2020 at 5:49 PM

      • I wouldn’t because it’s too time consuming.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 7, 2020 at 10:13 PM

      • How so? Do the machines have settings? I’ve been told it’s time consuming.

        I also make a lot of use of a free version of Photoshop for the iPad (they say they going to start charging, no date yet.). It’s amazingly powerful. They rolled it out slowly, gradually adding new features so it wasn’t like starting as a novice with some hugely complicated program. It could help a lot.

        I should at least digitize the family photos,.

        Colour photos are prone to fading, whereas black & white are inert. They’ll be a huge photo gap in the era of colour film because of this.

        How do movie makers keep their colour films from fading? I realize that keeping film in the dark will slow down the fading, but still. (Mine are all away in boxes).

        Frau Katze

        January 7, 2020 at 6:13 PM

      • The best way to preserve color film is to scan them. Digital never degrades over time.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 7, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    • I know it never degrades,

      But I don’t if I should buy a machine (if so, which one) or send them out (if so, where to?). Surely some of your readers have done digitizing.

      Frau Katze

      January 7, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    • “I have a large collection of my own photos but they’re all on film. Anyone got suggestions for digitizing them? Buy a machine or send them out?”

      About 10 years ago I bought a flatbed scanner (Epson Perfection V200 color photo) and scanned in my photos. I scanned 3×5 color prints. The machine supposedly could scan negatives (which should have higher resolution) but I couldn’t get this to work properly (scanning prints produced better results). I was mostly satisfied with the results but I am very much an amateur photographer. The scanning process is time consuming. The scanner has also been useful for copying the occasional document.

      JAMES SHEARER

      January 8, 2020 at 1:34 AM

      • Thanks for the info. I’ve heard it’s takes a lot of time. But I must get at least the family photos done. Maybe I’ll send them out.

        Frau Katze

        January 8, 2020 at 1:31 PM

  8. Twitter has hung in there nicely – best site for following current events. Pinterest is very popular for certain women’s interest niches like decorating and wedding planning.

    I hope Instagram returns to obscurity.

    McFly

    January 7, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    • Twitter is useful in things like earthquakes and bad storms in your town, You feel the building swaying. You get right on Twitter, There will be lots of others noticing it too.

      In case of storm, it can let you know where power is out.

      In a bad earthquake or storm, this might not work if the cell towers are affected.

      Frau Katze

      January 8, 2020 at 2:08 AM

    • Instagram won’t return to obscurity. There are even people making money from it. It they’re good photographers they can get paid to photograph resorts and hotels.

      A lot of professional photographers are on multiple platforms. 500px is a site where you submit your stuff for consideration by Getty.

      There are more people still using Flickr than you’d think.

      One thing Instagram did: consider any program that the general public can sign up for. From a programming p.o.v., each person will have their name but also a unique identifier. This is typically a number, of no particular interest to the person.

      But then came the idea of letting people make their own unique identifier. Then it becomes a way for users to communicate with each other. I think Twitter was one of the early platforms to do this.

      They can only do it with a unique identifier, because there are so many people with the same names,.

      Instagram users routinely refer to each other using their identifier. They’re typically prefixed with an @ sign. Instagram also copied the # sign to prefix terms that of interest.

      I think that helps explain their success,

      Pinterest, being stupid, does everything in its power to prevent users from communicating with each other. They claim they’re not “social media,” I learned this from an article at WSJ.

      Frau Katze

      January 8, 2020 at 2:31 AM

    • I enjoy Pinterest quite a lot. It has a reputation (and appearance) of being “girly” but as a matter of fact I have gotten great utility from it for woodqorking projects, landscaping, etc.

      S.J., Esquire

      January 8, 2020 at 8:08 AM

  9. Instagram ensures Facebook will not disappear. It is contemporary culture par excellence; in fact I’ve received more newsletter sign-ups through using it as a publishing platform than my 100K+ words indexed in search engines. I am very bullish on its durability as an evolution of the World Wide Web for commerce; and the consideration of followers as valuable as emails this decade.

    A Dilettante

    January 7, 2020 at 4:57 PM

  10. Re Gen X, what do you suppose happened to all the black leather jackets from 1995-2005? Still hanging in closets? You guys really had conformity down pat.

    Department 11

    January 7, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    • I still wear mine from high school. Keep meaning to take it to a tailor in fact, to repair the lining.

      S.J., Esquire

      January 8, 2020 at 8:09 AM

  11. “Reddit It’s kind of useful, but run by SJWs. …”

    One reddit group that I sometimes browse is wallstreetbets which is definitely not run by SJWs.

    JAMES SHEARER

    January 7, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    • I agree with whomever said that if you avoid anything that could become even slightly political, Reddit can be enormously useful. I enjoy /colorizedhistory as well as (sometimes) /history, although I’ve been banned from that one for crimethink. It’s a surreal experience to be banned not even for intentional trolling but merely speaking the truth as I see it.

      S.J., Esquire

      January 8, 2020 at 8:19 AM

  12. There’s a pretty waitress at a restaurant I frequent who posts lots of glamour (not porn) photos of herself on Instagram. I’d like to check them out more frequently but I refuse to sign up for another SM site after being harassed into signing up for Facebook. Instagram punts you off their site if you lurk without signing up.

    Curle

    January 7, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    • Instagram is a bit odd, Obviously I cannot post my own, on film. I’ve been told that digitized stuff isn’t very good. Not good enough to display.

      So for my project I use stuff from Instagram (among others).. If you “like” too many it won’t let you like any more it. guess they’re worried about bots.

      I’ve established there absolutely no way to contact them. I guess you can’t contact Facebook either.

      I don’t much like Facebook but it’s I useful to see grandchildren photos, I rarely post anything.

      Frau Katze

      January 7, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    • You need to get on. I spent the last year self-reflecting on its significance; and I’ve concluded what may appear to be self-evident to most: humans beings have a public persona and a private one. Instagram has taken that public persona – which is the kingdom of females – and jacked it to the nines. And the fact that many pretty but simple young things are making lead funnels with a few finger swipes is a tremendous accomplishment, and why I think the web crawler is seriously antiquated.

      In short, IG is what FB was promised in regards to marketing potential.

      A Dilettane

      January 8, 2020 at 12:03 AM

  13. So where do I go to to (a) talk to people by text (b) meet new, interesting people, not just the few I already know and (c) have it be anonymous and not run by SJWs? All I’ve got are niche blogs like this one which, as you said, is a dying art form. I guess you can kinda do that with twitter, but limited to 140 characters and with a high risk of doxxing.

    ack-acking

    January 7, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    • I frequent several blogs. Are they really dying? Maybe my use just shows how old I am.

      Frau Katze

      January 7, 2020 at 11:02 PM

    • The character limit on Twitter has been 280 for a couple of years now, although it is still poorly suited for blog-style, long-form commentary (although some insist on using it that way, creating mammoth threads). It’s easy to not get doxxed if you don’t share personal information but most people are bad at that.

      Matt

      January 8, 2020 at 3:06 AM

  14. Reddit is gay, but there are some interesting subreddits over there. The layout is terrible though. If a comment goes past 2 or 3 replies, then instead of branching it out, you have to open “Continue this thread” in a new tab! So in order to read 50 comments you could have to open 6-8 different tabs just to finish the comment trees. There is no option to just show all the comments.

    And then they have another unnecessary button you have to click when you first open a thread, Show More Comments, because any given thread will only show you the first ~5 comments, and then you have to click to see the rest. Seriously, who is opening a thread and going, “Nah, I don’t want to read ALL the comments. Just show me the first 5 and then I’ll close the thread and open another one. I can’t read more than 5 comments in one thread. In fact, don’t even show me more than 5. I only want to see 5 comments for any given thread.”

    This is part of an overall trend in UI towards “decluttering,” which is actually completely unnecessary and just makes everything more of a PITA to use, when it’s supposed to be simplifying it.

    Fact Checker

    January 7, 2020 at 9:38 PM

    • Reddit looks horrible, I never use it. But you can likely some good discussions, but finding them is the problem.

      Frau Katze

      January 7, 2020 at 11:05 PM

      • I have seldom had good discussions on reddit. Just arguments with trolls or stupid people. But I kind of like the r/Donald subreddit, which contains Trump supporters. The subreddit is “quarantined”.

        Rosenmops

        January 9, 2020 at 12:13 AM

    • Maybe I should try it again. Occasionally I’ll find photos there (if someone on Pinterest has got one from there.

      Frau Katze

      January 8, 2020 at 1:07 AM

    • I use the old reddit layout and I don’t have those problems. I think you can still activate it from your settings.

      Matt

      January 8, 2020 at 2:56 AM

  15. Ubiquitous IPV6 will obviate “platforms”. Once every device can talk to every other device you don’t need billion dollar data centers and some kids can write simple protocols. Hashgraph/blockchain algorithms help. The stuff people use next won’t have companies and branding. It’ll be a lot more like email, where you pick from hundreds of options for the same network. Pick a client you like and set up your own filter rules. Nobody will be making money off it and there will be no ads. It will be encrypted and uncensorable. Jack Dorsey basically admitted this impending reality in some recent tweets where he went public about funding people to build out on this front. If you can’t beat them try to join them, I guess.

    bobbybobbob

    January 7, 2020 at 11:21 PM

  16. I knew a guy who was in IT, who was born and raised in a conservative evangelical Christian family, was a CS major at a conservative evangelical Christian college (in other words, what Lion would refer to as a “college,” with scare quotes,) who climbed the ladder of the tech world and eventually moved out to SF and landed a job at Reddit, where AFAIK, he still works. I’m not in touch with him anymore but from time to time I wonder how he landed a job at a woke SJW tech company with a conservative Christian school on his resume, or if he has to hide it or explain it away somehow living in SF and working at Reddit.

    Hermes

    January 8, 2020 at 12:32 AM

  17. 1. Ease of contacting the product people is also a useful thing to know.

    2. The number of blog platforms are in decline. I used to see Blogspot ones all the time. Blazing Cat Fur uses WordPress too. It seems to be one of the best. I have no problem using it.

    Maybe this is just the inevitable result of competition. There can’t really be two Facebooks for example.

    ****
    There were numerous sites like Pinterest but the others are gone or shutting down. Pinterest was a good product. About 75% female users.

    I say “was” because they recently screwed up the descriptions that accompany the photo. You can submit complaints but they don’t make it easy. They just recently took the company public too.

    I got a curt response to my complaint but I know many others are angry. For the life of me I can’t understand why they would wreck their own product.

    Frau Katze

    January 8, 2020 at 1:22 AM

  18. You forgot vk.com from the list.

    tmmm

    January 8, 2020 at 2:19 AM

  19. I notice a number of blogs (like this one!) have a “blogroll” that is usually tremendously out-of-date.

    S.J., Esquire

    January 8, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    • I’ve noticed that too, and my own defunct blog is an example. What I find weird is that a lot of it is due to people deciding to stop blogging, and deleting their blogs entirely. Why do people do that? Note: I’m not talking about people who change their views or regret what they wrote in the past for some reason. In that case I understand. But there have been numerous cases over the years of blogs I followed, whose authors at some point announced that they simply had no more to say, or had young children so they didn’t have time to blog anymore, or something like that–and completely deleted their blogs. It’s as though they feel a blog is an “active” thing rather than a collection of writings, so by definition once it’s no longer being produced it ceases to exist.

      Hermes

      January 8, 2020 at 8:43 PM

      • HBD Chick is a case in point. She didn’t say she was quitting but was on a break due to health reasons. That was quite some ago. Either her health problems are chronic or she has quit. She is still active on Twitter.

        After I retired, I was a coblogger at Blazing Cat Fur for two years but I burnt out. The amount of time it requires is a lot more than it looks. Pretty much 24/7. I stayed on doing the nightly photos. Even that takes a lot more time than it looks.

        HBD Chick was reading obscure books to follow the status of clans in Europe. I imagine it was pretty time-consuming.

        I wonder if the sheer time involved is the reason many quit (or scale back to Twitter).

        Frau Katze

        January 9, 2020 at 7:50 PM

      • I don’t understand why one would one would delete a blog, unless one’s views had changed. I can certainly understand quitting because it just takes so much time.

        Frau Katze

        January 9, 2020 at 7:53 PM

      • ***The amount of time it requires is a lot more than it looks***

        I believe that. It’s a shame, there are not nearly enough quality Canadian blogs.

        As for why people baleet their blogs, I think for many of them it’s something of a therapeutic exercise, until it isn’t – they’ve said what they needed to say – and then they develop this fear of the writing coming back to bite them. I agree that this is actually a bit weird, as if writing isn’t meant to endure.

        But then again, what do you think when a favourite blogger mysteriously stops writing – and then does just leave it? Do you keep checking in periodically? Do you hope he someday comes back, like an ancient figure returning from the mist? Foseti, where art thou?

        https://foseti.wordpress.com/

        S.J., Esquire

        January 10, 2020 at 6:45 AM

  20. You left off 2 I know of: discord and line, which are used by gamers and others. Tumblr killed itself by banning porn: it was common for teen girls to post all their naked selfies there behind a password, but that passed 3-4 years ago. Flickr served a similar purpose. VSCO is a PG13 version of that.

    fubardubar

    January 9, 2020 at 5:53 AM

    • I know someone actively blogging on Tumblr. You can attach Disqus commenting to a Tumblr blog. Much easier to comment on Disqus than this lumbering system offered by WordPress.

      He had had two Blogspot blogs taken down by Google.

      Tumblr lets you opt out of having your blog searchable by Google.

      Searching brings people who may be very hostile to the contents and start complaining. Blazing Cat Fur is more moderate than this other fellow, but even he was hit with a warning. He was on Blogspot originally.

      The warning means that everyone trying to access your URL gets a page saying “Warning: this blog may contain offensive content” (I can’t recall the exact words). Only after reaching this warning page could one continue to the blog itself.

      Within 24 hours he started a self-hosting blog using WordPress and moved the entire Blogspot contents over.

      Being self-hosting helps. With Blogspot it was easy to complain to Google. Google (also runs Youtube) is extremely censorious. But being self-hosting involves more time and money.

      Frau Katze

      January 9, 2020 at 8:11 PM

    • You might wonder how a non-searchable blog could get traffic. But Disqus helps there too. You need a few people at the start (people who were following before going unsearchable.)

      There are entire (unofficial) communities on Disqus, because it is so popular and heavily used. So you get traffic from the “community” members. Kind of like a private club with only friends even knowing about it.

      The communities, because they are not official are quite homogeneous in viewpoint.

      Frau Katze

      January 9, 2020 at 8:26 PM


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