Earlier, I received a piece of junk mail addressed to “The lovely person who lives at…” I am driven to wonder at the standard of person who came out with that patronising piece of drivel. Anyone who knows me will testify that there is no such person at this address. But I digress..
According to the blurb, Streetlife is “a free and simple website that connects you with people in your local area so together you can make the most of where you live.” It’s supposed to help you build a sense of local community and air topics of interest to your neighbours. A problem shared is, after all, a problem halved.
Or is it?
Well, I’ve been on Streetlife for a year or so now. It’s full of vaguely interesting and often infuriating pieces of drivel. In our town, the main beef seems to be about the outrageously expensive parking fees. Actually, they’re amazingly cheap in my opinion. Unfortunately, this where the snag comes in – because you’re not actually allowed to disagree on Streetlife. Perhaps they feel it would ruin the sense of togetherness and cohesion they seem so keen to promote.
I’ve had so many of my comments – and even whole topics – thrown off Streetlife because it’s ridiculously easy to do. If someone dislikes anything you say, they just click on the ‘report’ button, fill in a form and “Whoosh!” the ‘offending’ item instantly vanishes.
Then you get some sanctimonious automated fucking email telling you that you have violated their standards by offending someone who offended you in the first place. It’s the ultimate in automated, instant, user driven censorship.
I believe in free speech and community spirit. It’s shame that this bunch of hypocrites doesn’t practice what it preaches and do the same. It’s a good idea but it’s appallingly executed.
I’ve closed my account and I’d advise you all to avoid them like the plague…