Caspar has a fundamental interest in people and how they interact. As a self-taught post-dotcom web developer with a focus on human experience and a fascination for simplicity, his activities around the web, particularly the WordPress ecosystem, have included product design, support, translation, event organisation, as well as volunteering and speaking at conferences. While plotting world peace, Caspar spends his day wrestling for words at Human Made.
Admin notices in WordPress have been what they are today for… how many years? If I recall correctly, the current types of notices were introduced somewhere during the 3.x release cycle, although their legacy versions (anyone remember .update-nag?) have been around for much longer.
Two days ago, I finally started messaging my extended family members and closest friends about my resolve to delete my WhatsApp account. I was not expecting to receive the reactions I got. Within minutes, family members and friends had replied positively, saying the move to Signal sounded good to them. Many immediately installed the app and messaged me there. I was blown away by how easy and positive the experience had been. All my fears and concerns were pretty much unfounded and exaggerated.
Two days in, I have re-built in Signal all the messaging groups I use most frequently. The transition has been seamless.
I’m feeling like Toto. The experience has been so easy, and positive, that I’d thought I’d write about this, in case you too are tempted to quit WhatsApp or any other app owned by Facebook.
I’ve never used WhatsApp myself, and while some people give me the looks when I say they need to use Signal, or Telegram, or plain old SMS to contact me, recently an increasing number of my friends has switched to using Signal – totally on their own, not because I asked them.
The argument that you’ll lose all your contacts and conversations if you quit WhatsApp really doesn’t hold up. You don’t have to delete WhatsApp today in order to start announcing to your network that you’re using Signal (or Threema or whatever else) as your primary messaging app.
Let it be a process and be the change you want to see in the world. 🙂
Wir befinden uns im Jahre 2020. Das ganze WordPress Admin-Menü ist von Core- und Drittanbieter-Inhalten besetzt, die für gut 90% aller Nutzer/-innen die meiste Zeit über irrelevant sind, aber dennoch mit jedem Page Load ihre Aufmerksamkeit fordern… Das ganze Menü? Nein! Ein mit unbeugsamem Minimalismus zusammengehacktes Plugin hört nicht auf, den Eindringlingen Widerstand zu leisten. Und das Leben im WordPress Admin ist spürbar angenehmer, wenn der eigene Fokus nicht mehr von einem Haufen selten bis gar nicht benutzter Menüpunkte strapaziert wird…