Culling the Herd

It’s Wednesday December 28 and it’s all quiet. The street sweeper has just done it’s mid week run and now I can’t hear anything outside. I haven’t heard a train for days. Last year on Christmas Eve, I heard a train come through after midnight blowing Jingle Bells on it’s horn. This year, nothing. Maybe it’s the cold, maybe it was a holiday. It’s no holiday today, and still no trains. It’s gotta be the cold. I tried looking this up and got some assholery called ‘Quora’. I got a few answers but if I clicked on ‘more’ I got asked to sign in with Faceberg or Gulag. I then looked up Quora and got this… “Quora is a social question-and-answer website based in Mountain View, California. It was founded on June 25, 2009, and made available to the public on June 21, 2010. Users can collaborate by editing questions and commenting on answers that have been submitted by other users.”

So why do I have to sign into some shitty social media platform to find out more information? If you look up Quora, you’ll get “Quora”, and have to log into Facebag and Goolump to find out what the fuck it is. It’s a never ending merry go round of annoyance. Further down the search page I saw a link to an article, “Why You Should Never Use Quora”. It’s not that I needed that advice in the first place, I already decided that like Pinterest, another shitbag data harvesting hell hole that I wish would disappear from the internet for good, I’ll probably be able to survive without Quora. This story was from 2018 and said, “Yesterday, Quora announced that 100 million user accounts were compromised, including private activity like downvotes and direct messages, by a “malicious third party.” ” Oh…

There are other reasons to not use it, and to summarize from the article, the owners appear to be assholes who hoard everyone’s information for resale. What’s really going on is that to them, you are just cattle to be herded into whatever digital pen they want you to be in, so they can make a buck off your hide. ‘Sign into Facebook or Google to find out more”. Fuck off. It’s the same with fucking Pinterest. Start looking at images and you’ll soon run into brick wall. “Sign up to see more of this stuff” that people who haven’t been paid by Pinterest have put together to enrich the people who own it. Pinterest’s revenue for 2021 was 2.57 Billion dollars, sign up today, we need more profit.

Pinterest had a value of 12 Billion dollars as of 2017. From Wikipedia, “Pinterest’s earlier terms of service ambiguously asserted ownership of user content. A March 2012 article in Scientific American criticized Pinterest’s self-imposed ownership of user content stating that “Pinterest’s terms of service have been garnering a lot of criticism for stating in no uncertain terms that anything you ‘pin’ to their site belongs to them. Completely. Wholly. Forever and for always.”

In summary.. Quora, Pinterest et al….you the user, are simply cattle to be exploited and used to make a profit. Have a Nice Day!