Change

Change happens. For better or for worse, you can’t avoid it.
Now, in certain walks of life, that’s a good thing. Technical, medical and scientific advances and changes are all things that we (mainly) embrace and profit from.
Other changes, sometimes, not so much. “Früher war alles besser” which loosely translates to: “Everything was better before/earlier”. But of course, we only feel that way if we’re having a hard time right now, at this moment with whatever it is that has changed. Who hasn’t ever regretted saying something, or doing something that they shouldn’t have, that has changed something for the worse? Yes, and when that happens, maybe everything WAS better before/earlier. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get as good ever again. It doesn’t mean it’ll stay “as bad” as it is right now.

With a bit of change, by making it different… who says it can’t be even better than it was?

(Lego being the prime example here, obviously)

I left social media…

…well, Isaac Simpson did and he wrote about it on Medium here.

People need other people to validate them, to reassure them that their thoughts and feelings are correct.

I haven’t logged into Facebook for almost a year. I only post infrequently on Instagram. The only “social” channel I still use frequently is Twitter and that’s mostly just to be astounded at the state of things around the world (and Susie Dent).
I’ve stopped caring what vague acquaintances are doing let alone what they think of my stuff. I’ve stopped checking in on people I don’t know out of habit – because let’s face it, a lot of celebrity posts are dross ( and I use the word celebrity in the broadest possible sense). I’ve stopped focusing on followers and likes. I take what I need and want from it all. I’ve started to use minimal social media how I want to use it and not like “IT” wants me to or how other people use it.

It works quite well.

Disclosure: I keep my eye on important stuff. Just discretely, randomly and when I want to.

Use Android? Tracked!

So Google knows where you are if you’re using an Android phone. Even with location services turned off.  Great piece from Keith Collins at Quartz

The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android phones for the past 11 months, according to a Google spokesperson. They were never used or stored, the spokesperson said, and the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz

So why collect the info then?

Find out what websites know about you

Go and visit Webkay. You can see what any website you visit knows about you. Location, the device you’re using, your IP address, social media accounts you’re logged in to, etc. It also handily tells you how to plug these information leaks by using various services.

Oh and by the way, they ARE using this info. Don’t think for a minute that they aren’t.