Yesterday, about 7 years after joining the chorus that eventually talked my daughter and most relatives into using Facebook, I disabled my account. The only think keeping me from completely deleting it is that someday I might find it necessary to log in to check on someone but as far as checking in on any kind of regular basis, I’m done with Facebook.
It was a hard decision, one I did not take lightly. I’ve been using Facebook to “keep in touch” with friends and relatives, some of whom I haven’t seen in decades. That was the wonderful thing about Facebook: it brought me back in touch with some long-lost friends I figured I’d never see again.
Unfortunately, the dark side of Facebook has overwhelmed any joy I once found there. Rarely does anyone actually post anything of substance. Usually, it’s some silly “meme” (I’m still trying to figure out what exactly that means) or a picture that they “liked” or “shared”. It has become social cesspool but not so much in the Usenet sense. With Usenet, I could easily ignore / filter out the spam. With Facebook, the platform itself is serving up the spam. Now don’t get me wrong, the need for advertising revenue is not lost on me. But Facebook is just the latest in a long line of companies that underestimates my tolerance for bullshit.
Sharing my information, including things I “like” with advertisers. I look at a car on cars.com and Facebook shows it to me for the next two months, clueless to the fact that I bought it the day after finding it online. I don’t mind ads but I do mind creepy ads.
It’s like video auto-play, pop-ups, and all the other shit you do that gets in their face and in the way of what they came to your website to do in the first place. People hate it but you do it anyway because you think you can convince advertisers that people really are “engaged”. People like me, the ones with a low tolerance for BS, just leave the site. Chances are, if it really was that interesting, I can find it elsewhere.
And then there were the leaked reports about Facebook using psychologists to manipulate peoples’ interactions with others. Facebook damaged their public trust even more when it was revealed that they were routinely marking news stories as “trending” when they were doing nothing of the sort. No, Facebook was just doing what all “big media” companies do nowadays: pushing bullshit.
Need I get started on the political arguments? How about Facebook’s ultra-liberal bias? Stupid Fuckerberg talks about shit like letting cameras in your crib connect to FB and even trying to read the minds of users. LOL, nah. Fuck off, Zuck.
Meanwhile, I’m re-discovering a whole bunch of websites I haven’t visited in a while, like my own! There’s a whole ‘nother web out there.