Admittedly I don’t have a huge social media presence, but I am on quite a few platforms all the same. One of the ones that I use (or have been using) almost daily is Tumblr. Though I don’t admittedly use it for vanilla purposes, and in the next 10 days it’s going to get sidelined. You may or may not have heard of this, but the company that owns the platform; Oath, has decided to eliminate ALL adult content on the service. Which means, if anything that even slightly looks like porn, it gets pushed off the service. Meaning probably deleted, along with the offending account that posted it in the first place. As you can imagine, this is causing a great deal of bruhaha with the majority of people who have such material in their accounts.
Fortunately, I’ve dealt with this sort of thing before. A few years ago, the website Bondage.com went under, simple because it was considered extraneous, to the company that owns AdultFriendFinder.com. Of course, it wasn’t just the website that was going under, there was an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server attached to it as well. And this server had been working for better than 10 years, so you can imagine there was a pretty big community on it. IRC servers by and large predate the Internet as it’s known today. It’s a chat service that’s considered very ‘old school’. It’s all done by text, you must have a bit of computer know-how to get onto one, and since that’s the case, you tend to get a different grade of person that’s connected. Very few bright eye’d sorts, think more earthy, down-to-earth, the ones’ that have been around a while and seen a lot of things.
When the news came along, there wasn’t too much time to make any sort of plans, the clock was most definitely ticking, much the way it is now with Tumblr. More than a few enterprising folks took it upon themselves to code up new IRC servers, but without significant outlay of $$, it didn’t take long for most of them to go under. An IRC server isn’t something you code on a whim, it takes time, hardware and moolah. Not a lot, but server space isn’t necessarily cheap. And dedicated bandwidth to run it also costs a good nickel, don’t let anyone fool you. Tally in the fact that you need more than just yourself to police it, because there are going to be unsavory characters more than happy to glom onto your spanking new IRC server and drown it, just on a whim, or so they said that they did.
Getting back to the topic at hand, I’ve been sort of watching from the sidelines on this one, seeing the posts interspersed with ones giving Oath/Verizon the finger etc. telling people where to go for similar service, how to back up their Tumblr accounts (Tumblr itself is making it difficult for people to archive their stuff) while I did a little searching on the web for a suitable program or manip in order to move my account from web to hard drive. A couple of days ago, my efforts bore fruit. I discovered a freeware program that’s been out for a couple of years, it’s kind of a ‘quick and dirty’ program but it gets the job done. No frills, but then again it’s free so who’s quibbling? Once I understood how it worked, it took all of about an hour to pull my accounts off of Tumblr for good. It doesn’t hurt that I have 16 TB (TeraBytes) of hard drive space at my disposal.
I’m really not going to comment on what caused the problem, how it could have been more easily dealt with, instead of Verizon choosing the nuclear option. I’m just glad I was able to get my things off the web and into a safe spot. Yes, and make a little rant at the same time. *Shrug* I think I’m due.