I woke up today with a single thought steaming in my head, No More Facebook. It’s been two years now and I’m just not feeling it. I tend to find other platforms much more user friendly; you share your thoughts and ideas then move the fuck on. My wife has been on Facebook for years. Before that it was AOL (and she still doesn’t know what RAM or a hard drive is). Some swear by Facebook, like every other asshole I usually go out of my way to avoid. I’M KIDDING, of course. A great deal of people may think technology and social networking has shrunk the world. I, on the other hand tend to see it differently. Some people have never been more alone than we are in this era. Technology has also turned most countries into police states. We are constantly being watched from all angles.
I am not blaming Facebook for the loss of our privacy or lack of human contact. No, the question I often struggle with is how does any of these organizations make money. They sell your information for a profit. You would have to be very tech savvy to avoid that loop, if you are thinking different. On the flip-side, social networking is great for businesses. 10 years ago, they had study groups that were paid an X amount of dollars to do research. Today that information is provided for free. Every time you do a survey or tweet about how fucked up the postal service is, you are providing valuable information.
Having a Facebook account for business purposes is the practical thing to do, but it’s just not worth it to me. Several guys that were long time holdouts have crossed over. Truthfully, I think some of them are paying others to manage it for them. I won’t mention any names, but they know who they are.
As of today, I am shutting down my Facebook account for good…