I used to  own and run  freedom of speech advocacy site p2pnet.  It was never a business, more of a commitment, but I  had associated bills to pay  and the site had  a significant number of regular readers,  so I   rented out advertising space.

Two of my former advertisers now advertise on dammit  which, although  it’s still a freedom of speech  advocacy site is by no means p2pnet  reborn.

It was started because I had two heart attacks and a quadruple coronary bypass, during which I suffered  a  devastating stroke.  As part of the  stroke recovery process  I’m striving to  build new circuits  in  my brain,  and reconnect existing pathways. Hence dammit.

In the meanwhile, I’ve always been  an avid supporter of  open source projects, and here’s what the Wikipedia has to say about, which although it isn’t Twitter,  is nonetheless a microblogging service.

And, more importantly,  it’s free. Twitter, though,  has become a hard-core marketing vehicle, with all that implies.

“Use Promoted Trends to drive conversations and interest around your brand or product by capturing a user’s attention on Twitter,” it declares, going on:

“Every minute of every day, Twitter hosts viral conversations that reflect some of the hottest topics of the moment. These trends are featured prominently next to a user’s timeline.

“Because of this placement, a Promoted Trend gets massive exposure and is ideally placed to kickstart or amplify a conversation on Twitter and beyond.

“Successful Promoted Trends give users something new and exciting to discover, participate in, and share”.

According to the Wikipedia, Identi ca,  on the other hand, is an >>>

… open source social networking and micro-blogging service. Based on StatusNet, a micro-blogging software package built on the OStatus (formerly OpenMicroBlogging) specification, allows users to send text updates (known as “notices”) up to 140 characters long. While similar to Twitter in both concept and operation, provides many features not currently implemented by Twitter, including XMPP support and personal tag clouds. In addition, allows free export and exchange of personal and “friend” data based on the FOAF standard; therefore, notices can be fed into a Twitter account or other service, and also ported in to a private system similar to Yammer.

The service received more than 8,000 registrations and 19,000 updates within the first 24 hours of publicly launching on July 1, 2008, and reached its 1,000,000th notice on November 4, 2008.In January 2009, received investment funds from venture capital group Montreal Start Up.

On March 30, 2009, Control Yourself (since renamed StatusNet Inc) announced that was to become part of a hosted microblogging service called to be launched in May 2009. offers individual microblogs under a subdomain to be chosen by the customer. will remain a free service. All notices will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license by default, but paying customers will be free to choose a different license.

 With several hicups and false I’ve been posting on  for quite a while; but I can’t see any point in continuing with Twitter.

On I can at least be fairly certain  people are following because they’re genuinely interested 🙂

Jon Newton — myblogdammit

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2 thoughts on “GoodbyeTwitter

  1. Hi Bob: I understand. Going against the flow isn’t easy. With considerable difficulty, I opted out of Facebook months ago ago, but I’m still getting Facebook ‘updates’ telling me about all the people I’m missing.

    But there’s a bottom line, to wit:

    They need us, but we don’t need then.


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