A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends." https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-27_Record_Keeping
@kensanata H'mmm... It's a record which future historians will mine. I've deliberately chosen to leave up some blog posts that I no longer agree with; it's part of 'one standard of truth'.
I did say these things in the past. Although I may no longer support them, I don't think it's ethical to hide the fact that I did once say them.
@kensanata I'm generally a fan of purging minutiae.
Considered posts, perhaps not so much.
@kensanata I agree with you about the power dynamics at play in social media, and the value in deleting.
But as a counter-argument consider this thread (birdsite warning), which has a pretty good description of how search can be useful to you in your life.
I'm wary of blanket statements about what should be remembered & forgotten ... they are complicated, and a big part of what make us who we are.
Also, if you haven't run across it yet I think you will enjoy this book: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/9436.html
@kensanata whoops, I forgot the twitter thread url there! https://twitter.com/bluechoochoo/status/1025446979894034432
@kensanata I'm liking the idea of expiring toots. Nobody needs to know I was bitching about the weather 2 years ago.
@kensanata You make a compelling argument, but that mindset is so alien to me. I often enjoy perusing my older social media posts to see what was going on in my life at the time.
Perhaps it benefits my enemies, but it certainly benefits me as well.
@kensanata That wiki is so clean. And one-click pdf download. What are you running it on, and do you recommend it. (In your own time: enjoy Scotland!)
@kensanata I have rarely read old tweets simply because the medium forces ephemerality on the material posted there. I detest this, and not a week goes by that I do not wonder about what information has been lost to me because digital media have no functioning concept whatever of archivism.