Readers may recall a previous post about social media and my attempts to balance the need for privacy with the need for virtual community. Like many, I’ve moved virtual house many times. I had a Facebook account under my real name until that wasn’t the community I hoped to belong to. Finally I settled on Twitter until Elon Musk turned it into what is now X.
I’m going to try something different this time. I’m going to try Discord, a platform mostly used by online gamers. This will be our space for now, a server space just for EastOahu96825 conversations. It’s a huge stretch to think that many of my older readers will migrate here, but I have kids in college and I’ve seen how big the user community is getting, and how well it works for creating your own server space. It’s the equivalent of groups in Facebook, but I find the interface more flexible.
To begin with, you’ll need a Discord login and an invitation to the server. The invitation is here: https://discord.gg/3DPXCA4A7U. Over time, I’ll integrate the server with the website so that we can use that instead of the antiquated comments section used in older blogs. Hopefully this will serve to add interactivity to the process. Unlike Facebook, you can make up any name you wish, so some anonymity is provided. You can also create multiple logins if needed.
Note, if the invitation link doesn’t work, email me at Auntie@EastOahu96825.com and I’ll update it. I’m still new to learning how to work with Discord, so I’m not sure if links expire.