As some of you may have already known, I quit using Facebook for personal purposes since last September of 2011 when they forcefully rolled out the Timeline and the ticker for everyone. I removed everybody on my friend list, and I removed everything I’d ever posted on there. At first, I did miss the fact that I was no longer connected to my friends. Some from Vietnam, some from high school… those I’d never be able to get in touch if it hadn’t been for Facebook.
Be that as it may, it really comes down to how much I value more: my privacy, or what my friends ate for lunch.
I chose the former.
We are but Facebook’s tools and products to generate its revenue. The platform is free, so we really don’t have a say on how it uses the information we voluntarily feed it, nor do we have a say in its layout/design. Since we have no control over what goes in and what comes out, what people see and cannot see, who can access our information etc…I’ve decided to go with the “thermonuclear” route.
Nowadays, I only use Facebook as a portal for me to get news from business pages I follow, and to post things on my photography page. I’m practically nobody on Facebook, and I like it that way. I no longer miss it, at all. In fact, it really gives me more things to talk about when I meet someone in person, or when I chat/email them. There’s no more “Oh did you see what I posted on Facebook” or “Oh yeah I saw that from stalking on your Facebook”, follow by a dead and awkward silence.
I’ve found that I’m more active with commenting on websites and forums. Plus, everyone has chat nowadays, so it’s not like I’m missing out much. For the time being, emails, Twitter and G+ are more than enough for me.
If you think about it, a chat message or an email carries a lot more weight, and is a lot more genuine than a ‘Like’ or a +1.
Speaking of privacy and social buttons, they are now gone on my blog. As part of a movement to make the web cleaner and faster, I have removed the ‘Like’ and “+1” buttons from my blog. Moreover, I know for a fact that these social network sites are tracking your every move with cookies, so I’m only practicing what I preach.