There should be a picture of me here

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I assume most people looking at this already know me irl- but in case you don't, here's a little bit about me

I've always been a bit more on the expressive side. I was a theatre kid growing up, and I did plenty of journaling and video-ing as well. I suppose you could chalk that up to me being an attention whore, (and you'd be partially right) but I did a lot of that without showing anyone. I can only assume it's because I want to keep an archive of who I was for my future self. I mean, I have journal entries dating all the way back to the second grade!

Something else I've been called is an internet addict. I was glued to computer screens far before the advent of social media- and was bitten by the bug as soon as I was old enough to figure out how to lie about my age on forms. Recently, though, I've started to consider the way that my behavior has been affected by what I look at online. More specifically, I looked at the type of person that Instagram or TikTok's algorithm tends to prefer and wondered why I wanted that for myself.

I could have just created a profile on a federated social media platform like mastodon (and I have) and been done with it, but I wanted something that gave me a little more direct control over the layout. That, and a desire to learn HTML/CSS led me to build this site! My goal is to show people that there is an alternative to traditional social media sites run by large tech companies, and that those tech companies do not have your best interest at heart. Meta, Twitter and the like pour many millions of dollars into developing algorithms which not only learn what you like, but also change it incrementally over time.

On one hand, I'm aware that this sounds very tinfoil hat. On the other, I know that most of this stuff about Facebook selling your data to advertisers and god knows who else is all public knowledge. Everyone knows their feed is determined by an algorithm and still nobody cares. Why would they if it's not posing an immediate threat- especially if it serves its purpose? People are gonna do what they want to do but it's important to keep in mind that although your instagram feed is based on your preferences, it's still ultimately built by a machine. How do you really know if what's being suggested to you is what it thinks you'll like or what it wants you to like? See, it's hard to talk about this stuff without sounding like a crazy person.

It's up to everyone to decide what internet we want.