silo-quits

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silo quits are public statements by individuals announcing they have publicly quit posting on or using (at all) various silos, either with intended permanence, or temporarily (sometimes referred to as taking a "social media break").

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Future silo quitters

Silo quits announced far in advance, either based on a specific future date or a particular event that does not have a specific date associated with it yet.

Meredith L Patterson considering

Stack Overflow - 2016-02-08 https://twitter.com/maradydd/status/696656959706112000
Considering deleting my @StackOverflow account. Haven't wanted to login in years, and my answers are now being farmed for editing rep.
... and https://twitter.com/maradydd/status/696657390301790208
[...] Sanctimonious edit spam.

Kylie Jenner

Instagram - upon having a child. 2015-12-13 Kylie Jenner Plans to Leave Instagram Once She Has a Kid

Silo quitters 2016

Lynn Cyrin

2016-08-16 LinkedIn

Ilya Grigorik

2016-07-28 Flickr

Joe "begriffs" Nelson

2016-05-01 Twitter

  • Deleted my twitter account and went back to the original social network. Been off Twitter for months and rarely think about it anymore. Primarily using email to talk with people now and have found we have higher quality conversations.

Tim Burks

2016-05-28 app.net

Replacing it evidently with IndieWeb usage, next tweet in reply:

Various Milennials

2016-03-17 Twitter, Facebook

Julieanne Smolinski

2016-03-01 Twitter

  • Twitter Has Become a Park Filled With Bats and Perverts
    I’m quitting Twitter for a specific, practical reason: Because I keep getting bothered by assholes and perverts and Twitter doesn’t seem willing or able to do anything about it. I’m quitting Twitter the way you quit your favorite restaurant when it suffers an E. coli outbreak. I'm quitting Twitter for the simple fact that Twitter’s been bumming me out.

Stephen Fry

2016-02-15 Twitter

  • Too many people have peed in the pool
    It’s no big deal – as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my twitter account. I’ve ‘left’ twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room. I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad.

Silo quitters 2015

Darren Mothersele

2015-11-10: Facebook

Previous challenges:

  • I have posted before about my decision to leave Facebook. In fact, that was almost exactly 2 years ago. I tried to leave. It didn't work. Six months later I returned.

    The main reason for my return was that Facebook had become the single place where my friends organised social events. I was locked in.

    Emphasis added.

whaity

2015-11-08: Instagram

Rob Fairhead

2015-11-01: Google Photos, Evernote

Joss Whedon

Twitter Joss Whedon Calls “Horsesh*t” On Reports He Left Twitter Because Of Militant Feminists

  • 2015-05-04:
    Whedon said, is that he chose to embrace his longstanding desire post–Age of Ultron to reclaim his personal life and creative spark — and that meant saying goodbye to Twitter.
    Whedon laid out a portrait of the constant noise of Twitter and his complicated relationship to it to explain what eventually led him to leave.
    “Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict. … I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what, if I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.”

Antonio Savorelli

Facebook The Friction of Quitting

  • 2015-03-31:
    A couple of months ago I decided to quit Facebook once and for all, and stop considering it an inevitability of my digital identity. Its business strategy had always creeped me out, even before the advent of frictionless sharing, which is something bad labeled as something good. Nothing I’ve done throughout the years has ever fully succeeded in toning down the sources of creepiness, from the so-called Facebook envy to the feeling I have that even the smartest of my friends become shallow, babbling dummies the moment they open Facebook—which makes me certain that I too, in their eyes, must appear the same way, even more than my offline self does.

Dan Gillmor

Facebook (except to stay "up to date on how it works") https://www.facebook.com/dangillmor/posts/1757944654431393

  • 2015-01-31:
    Please don't be insulted if I don't accept friend requests -- I'm using FB solely to make sure I'm up to date on how it works, and will be spending very little time here. So it's unlikely I'd catch up with you this way in any case.
    his last post on his Facebook profile.

Graydon Hoare

Twitter (and perhaps other "social media") https://twitter.com/graydon_pub/status/556131987564408832

Silo quitters 2014

Geoff Nicholson

Facebook

  • 2014-12-12:

    A few people have recently asked me why I left facebook. Mostly, it was because I was compulsively checking it for no real reason. Yes, I miss out on the heartwarming stories that people post, and I miss out on hearing what my friends are doing in places far and near. But I also miss out on tracking cookies, being an outlet for advertising, and siloing my data in Facebook's vaults.

    Mostly, I've decided to implement the #indieweb. This is a set Principles which I think the web is missing out on. [...]

    [1]

Brad Colbow

Medium, Tumblr

Chuq Von Rospach

Facebook

  • 2014-06-29: Announced he is probably leaving Facebook in one week.
  • Facebook Steps In It
    My bottom line is that I keep looking for ways to spend less time on Facebook because I get very little value for the time spent there — I’d rather put that time into more productive things. Facebook just isn’t that interesting or useful, and I’m not thrilled with their tendency to set policies that ignore the needs and interests of their users in favor of things that benefit Facebook.

Brennan Novak

Facebook

  • 2014-06-06 Dear Facebook, Goodbye
    In honor of the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden's revelations and in effort to #ResetTheNet, I am leaving Facebook. I will first download all my pictures, updates, and private messages and then delete my account data.

Tyler Finck

Facebook, Instagram, Google+

  • 2014-05-06 Tyler Finck: Antisocial Networking

    Last weekend I deleted my Instagram account, my Facebook Page, and my Google+ profile. [...]

    Over the past year I’ve tweaked my website almost every month, editing code and experimenting live. I’ve also started to create content two or three times a month. This site has become the place that I’m ready to host almost everything I make. The one stop Tyler Finck shop, which sounds horrible but is the best summary of the journey that I didn’t even know I was on until very recently. [...]

    Note: I plan on keeping my Twitter account active because after six years of use I still love it. My Flickr stream will soon become private as a means of backup and my Tumblr panoramas will be rolled into tylerfinck.com. Vimeo/YouTube? I’m not entirely sure what to do with them (since I utilize those sites only to serve up content). My love/hate relationship with Dribbble continues, and I’m still experimenting with Soundcloud.

Doug McKown

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr:

  • 2014-04-16 Doug McKown: Why I’m Quitting Facebook

    I’ve already deleted my Pinterest, Google+, and Tumblr account, but still have too many accounts to manage: Facebook, two Instagram accounts, and three Twitter accounts. I’m closing both Instagram accounts and my Facebook account.

    I want to own and control my content.

    [Strong emphasis in original]

Neil Gaiman

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter

Neil Gaiman is taking a ~6 month break from "social media", as announced in:

He is, however, still blogging on his own site:

Eat24

Facebook

  • 2014-03-31 Eat24 (company): A Breakup Letter to Facebook from Eat24:
    We’ll pack our things and be gone by 11:59pm on Monday night. Yes, you read that right. Eat24, the company that is always telling customers to Like our page, post on our wall, and ask us for coupons on Facebook… is deleting its Facebook. This is real.

Dadepo Aderemi

Facebook

  • 2014-03-21 Dadepo Aderemi: Getting Personal:
    I am avoiding Facebook by all means now. I still keep using twitter though, but majorly as a source of discovery for things around my area of professional interests, and once in a while, a place to engage in ephemerial and disjointed rants. If I have something on my mind I really feel the need to share or capture, I write a coherent post instead. No, sorry: fusilade of tweets is no longer for me.

Michael Garvin

GitHub

  • 2014-03-28 Michael Garvin (gar) started self-hosting project code Time for gitlab
    Of course, with github you still can own your data, git is a decentralized version control system so you have a complete copy of everything even on your local clone. The things github provides (that are also the data you do not control) are things like issues. Things that are the real ‘community’ part of your project. As my friend @baldwin said to me earlier today, “It’s interesting that github seems to have re-centralized git.”

Silo quitters 2013

Aaron Parecki

App.net

"I am no longer publishing content to my App.net account until I can syndicate my content to their service without writing a single line of code."

Kartik Prabhu

Blogger

Jamie Zawinski

Dropbox

Laurent Eschenauer

Google+:

Douglas Rushkoff

Facebook:

Silo quitters 2012

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