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#41 Your online content and barriers

What happens to your online content?


Have you ever thought where would your content – thoughts, interactions, photos – go if the platform you published it on suddenly closed? You’ll probably have the time to download and save it, but the truth is that it’ll disappear.

I miss my Instagram curated gallery, which I feel like it was a good way to documenting my life. I joined Pixelfed, the federated answer to Instagram, but don’t feel the need to post. I’ve been thinking for a while how to recreate the gallery-as-documentation on a website that’s mine and no one else’s. I’m taking my time with this, and will be working on it with clearer plans in the future.

Meanwhile, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time downloading the contents of an expensive photography course I bought a few years ago. Whatever happens, I need to be able to access it, even without an internet connection. When companies decide to build a closed system, that works only when people are online, they choose to build barriers: just like in the physical world, a good chunk of population will struggle to access it.

The latest Design, Digested features a few, nevertheless outstanding articles:

  • Design is evolving—and designers need to evolve with it;
  • Correction of the racist highway designs of the past;
  • Why we ignore the obvious;
  • Building a more honest internet;
  • Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to talk about her anymore.

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