👍 #888 - How I Avoid Social Media Algorithms
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We've heard a lot about "the algorithm", of late, and how it's impacting our consumption of media, pariticularly on social media sites like Facebook.
There is no single algorithm, of course, but the goals of the various services are certainly similar: to get you to spend more time on those services.
This week's featured article discusses just what "algorithm" means, how it works on social media sites, and perhaps most importantly, the steps I take to avoid it where I can.
Also this week: switching to Linux, that thing called RSS, and how not to bypass keystroke loggers.
All the links are down below.
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No episode next week, due to the holiday.
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How I Avoid Social Media Algorithms
Take back control.
The goal of many social media companies is to keep you engaged as long as possible. You can avoid social media algorithms and take back (some) control.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
Should I Switch to Linux?
|Linux is a viable alternative to extend the life of older machines, or if you're just fed up with Windows. I'll look at some of the issues involved if you switch to Linux.|
What is RSS, and Why Should I Care?
|RSS is a powerful information-publishing and -collection mechanism that bypasses email and makes it easy to stay up-to-date with a large number of websites and other RSS-enabled services.|
Will Using a Password Vault Thwart a Keylogger?
|A password tool may bypass a few keyloggers, but not all. Think about your overall computer and account safety first.|
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Will Using a Password Vault Thwart a Keylogger?A password tool may bypass a few keyloggers, but not all. Think about your overall computer and account safety first.
What is RSS, and Why Should I Care?RSS is a powerful information-publishing and -collection mechanism that bypasses email and makes it easy to stay up-to-date with a large number of websites and other RSS-enabled services.
Should I Switch to Linux?Linux is a viable alternative to extend the life of older machines, or if you're just fed up with Windows. I'll look at some of the issues involved if you switch to Linux.
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