Own your online presence

Ryan Block quits Facebook, Instagram, but not for the reasons you might think:

We’d all be much better off simplifying our technological footprints and consolidating our trust in the few services that provide us the greatest value with the fewest unintended side effects. In the end, I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m a quitter.

On the Web, no one has complete control over what happens once something is posted online. But by housing a project like Stories Above NY on a website I own–instead of renting space on a service like Instagram or Flickr–I can trust that the packaging and experience look and function the way I want. Moreover, if I don’t like something about the experience, it’s up to me to figure out how to improve it, which helps keep my technical skills sharp.