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There are several reasons why avoiding social media and instead using federation and RSS feeds can be beneficial.

* Ownership and control: Social media platforms typically take ownership of any content that you post, which means they can manipulate, distribute, or delete it as they see fit. With federation and RSS feeds, you retain ownership and control over your content, deciding how and where it is shared.

* Privacy: Social media companies are well-known for collecting and using personal data for targeted advertising and other purposes. By avoiding social media, you can reduce the amount of personal data being collected about you. Using federation and RSS feeds allows you to share content only with those you choose to share it with.

* Avoiding algorithmic filters: Social media companies use algorithms to decide what content is shown to users. As a result, users can get stuck in echo chambers, only seeing content that aligns with their existing beliefs. Federation and RSS feeds allow you to curate your own content sources, avoiding these filters.

* Decentralization: Social media platforms are centralized, meaning they are controlled by a single entity or group. Federation and RSS feeds are decentralized, allowing for more democratic control and ownership. This can be particularly important for communities or organizations that want to maintain independence and autonomy.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to use social media or not is up to the individual. However, there are many potential benefits to avoiding social media and using federation and RSS feeds instead.


Tags: #indieweb #localfirst #federation

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