My leave from Instagram, some thoughts on online platforms, and what I'll do next
I'm glad I've subscribed to the newsletter. It reminds me the reason I made a twitter and Instagram in the first place, which was to keep up with creators I like. Now, years later is when I realize that I've been swimming in the hot muddy algorithm swamp with no escape. I had forgotten that I signed up to this, so I was pleasantly surprised to read your username in my inbox. This newsletter thing has given me solace that if all social media goes belly up, there will always be ways to share the things we make with others. Love your stuff wavetro, whatever it is.
This newsletter is awesome and I'm glad you know it. In the last year I've subscribed to two other e-mail newsletters and am really enjoying it. As you mentioned it's great to have a route of communication to fall back on and at this point I'm considering setting up my own e-mail newsletter for a major project I'm working on once I get around to publishing the first things.
Completely understandable for ditching Instagram and not considering opening up a Twitter alternative. Heck while I am still mourning the loss of the Discord server at the end of the day your mental health and priorities are first and if social media is getting in the way of your work then by all means the more you cut out the better. Sorry to hear that the game dev stuff didn't work out in the end but I am very interested to see what you have in store in the next coming months.
I think you did the right thing. Moving away from Big Tech is always the right choice.
Also, from the article:
> Google only loses money on keeping YouTube alive so that there's never a better alternative.
This is wrong, YouTube made $29B in 2022, excluding running, moderation and R&D, which is nowhere close to $29B, the reason why making a YouTube competitor is not viable is because you need a fuckton of users to cover the storage and bandwidth costs - and nobody is willing to move away from YouTube, *yet*.