Goodbye Facebook. It's Time.
I'm moving on by deleting my Facebook account.
With the amount of controversy over Facebook this past week, I feel this is something I need to share with my readers.
This week, I am deleting my Facebook account.
For those who are shocked (or those who aren't), it has to do with the Facebook media coverage this week regarding the ability to pass around all of our data.
Now, since I'm "firing" Facebook, I want to make this point VERY CLEAR: this is more of a personal decision rather than a persuasive blog post.
If you read this entire post and, by your own volition, you want to delete your Facebook account, by all means, please do. But I don't want this to be a "he-said-I-should-delete-my-Facebook-account-so-I-will" post.
Why am I deleting my account? Let's examine.
Facebook should have a better hold of their data of what can and cannot be accessed.
I've also had an troublesome international scenario with my family where some "people" acquired information about me and it makes me wonder if Facebook was a possible source. While I've moved past this troublesome scenario, why continue to "fuel the fire" by posting about everything personal in my life including where my family is at, my vacation plans, and the time of day I'll be away from house (so it can be robbed).
As a huge juggernaut of the Internet, I also feel Facebook will have a hard time cleaning up this mess.
This wasn't a huge deciding factor, but if you're reading this, you know I have a technology/programming blog. Looking at my demographics, a majority of my readers are NOT on Facebook so I don't see a need to continue posting content there.
Then again, since my blog is so technical, some users don't even know what I'm talking about when I post my content on Facebook. ;-)
Social Media for Persuasion?
After reading about how Russia impacted the U.S. election, this makes me wonder about how other countries are using Facebook or even other social networks to persuade or influence you to do things ("It's on the Internet, so it must be true.")
Oh, and for those who just read the article, do NOT tell me this is considered "fake news."
While I do appreciate seeing what old friends and family members are doing, Facebook is not the end-all, be-all social network.
With consumers fueling so many posts on Facebook regarding their first yogurt, Uncle Fred slipping on the ice, or personal meme's flying everywhere to pass the time away, it seems there are better ways to spend my time.
Heck, I've been there. I've been caught scrolling endlessly when I just wanted to wish someone a happy birthday and then I snap out of it and realize I'm watching a rhino attack a truck in Africa.
Yeah. Really Productive.
Finally, I may be over exaggerating with my actions, but I'm not the only one who feels this way.
- Brian Acton, the founder of WhatsApp (you know...Facebook bought them for $16billion), recently deleted his Facebook account saying "It's time."
- Elon Musk backs #DeleteFacebook, and Tesla's and SpaceX's Facebook pages vanish.
- (UPDATE: 2018-Mar-26 am) CNET also reported on people "bailing" on Facebook.
I've started the process of gathering my Facebook data throughout the years, so I will be going through the motions over the next two weeks (according to DeleteFacebook.com) to download my content.
To my existing readers on Facebook (those few who are there), thank you for being loyal followers. I couldn't be where I am today without you. You have my undying gratitude.
If you want to continue to follow me, You can contact me on other platforms found on my bio below or my contact page. I'm never far from your mobile devices. :-)
Goodbye Facebook. I feel it's time to move on.
(UPDATE: 2018-Mar-30) - WOW! Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed and what their internal employee's said.