Ron Guest

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My goal in following people on and how the site differs from other social media

Last month I set a goal to follow 100 people on by the end of the year (I was at 79 at the time). I easily surpassed that goal yesterday and it is very nice to see the quality of my timeline remains high. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

On social media like Facebook and Twitter virtually everyone I interact(ed) with is someone I knew before (family, friends, colleagues). In the early days of Flickr almost everyone I interacted with was new to me and I still have very fond memories of that period and retain some of those people as friends. is the only other instance where Iโ€™ve met a lot of smart, reasonable and kind people online and felt it was a net benefit to me. I recently tried Mastodon and at least my experience hasnโ€™t been good and I doubt Iโ€™ll really participate there.

Like some others I have a long list of things (I think?) Iโ€™d like to see changed on But at the same time I really appreciate that theyโ€™re taking their time to manage the experience. Flickr ruined the social aspects (as well as undermining it as a serious, or at least semi-serious) site for discussing photos. I wouldnโ€™t want to see that happen again.

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