Down with Facebook
Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:22 PM
* time management. FB has become somewhat addicting, one that ate up way too much of my time. You're forced to read the inane updates of others you never really cared about. Hiding them doesn't do much.
* mixing friends with acquaintances. You may have a small circle of friends you want to keep in touch, but their friends' friends, and some of your distant relatives and perhaps coworkers are also on FB. Now you have to lump them all together in one cesspool of friends, and they all can see what you're doing.
Add your other reasons, if you have any.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:30 PM
But ignoring Facebook for the moment, I do like the idea of a social network, but implemented differently. First of all, I don't want a single identity, I've always used a pseudonym online (until Facebook), and in my opinion I'd rather be a member of multiple social networks than a member of just one. The key difference is that, outside of a particular social network, my contacts won't know who my other contacts are. For instance, lets say I want to add a bunch of people I know who are interested in a particular politics, do I really want everyone else I associate with know that I associate with the former people? Or lets say I join an online programming project, those people should be on a separate social network. Additionally, my co-workers should be on a separate social network; relatives on their own social network; my high school class on a separate social network. But this desirable feature of segregating out social networks is actually against the interest of companies such as Facebook who use this "friend of a friend" feature to add to their userbase.
As to your comment about meaningful conversations, I definitely identify with that, but then I pause to consider what makes a conversation meaningful. When I first started on Facebook I found some people I knew in high school and had a conversation with an old friend. We did this a few times, engaged in some chat, and it was really neat. We basically reminisced about people we used to know, and it was crazy to some degree because I was doing some serious flashbacking. So yeah, it was meaningful.
But that was it. He's gone off, moved away, married, and has a daughter and expecting another kid. I don't really know him much anymore, we've both moved on. It's just like there comes a time when family reunions cease making sense, when the bond of a shared past is no longer strong enough to form relationships with.
On the other hand, doing what I do here, chatting about philosophy with people who I've never met in real life, is a hundred times more meaningful, because this is what I'm doing with my life now. All those people who I've met in real life, I couldn't discuss philosophy with, and that's the sad truth. That's why I've always been grateful for the internet and sites like these.
Hey, for those of you planning on quitting Facebook, wait until May 31st: http://www.quitfacebookday.com/
Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:51 PM
Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:06 PM
I guess there's always popular culture, but that's the trap that I would that the internet would help get us out of. That is, we find ourselves only able to relate about the most popular things, because those are the only things that most people have in common. Sometimes I feel like I should start watching football or baseball just to fit in.
One of the great things about the internet is that unpopular and semipopular culture also has a place and people can connect on those interests as well. We're not dominated by popularity in the same way that television and radio has always been.
I've always felt that there is a certain power in small networks of people united by a common interest; such an environment could turn consumers into producers, believers into thinkers.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:17 PM
I think, lilke music videos, social media on the net has grown like an algae bloom, and then it will disappear for the most part.
Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:53 AM
So I've sent my "Down with Zuckerberg" message to ppl in my inner circle, and the FB squad sent me this email:
We have received a request to permanently delete your account. Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days.
If you did not request to permanently delete your account, follow this link to cancel this request:
The Facebook Team
Edited by Campanella, 18 May 2010 - 12:55 AM.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:32 AM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 07:16 PM
I log in once a month or so, maybe. After I had read their EULA, originally when I signed up which was quite a while ago, I didn't want to really use it again, but I have a few friends I would like to just stay there if they want to get in contact with me because they always seem to forget my email address that I have had for the past 11 years.
Hmm, wonder what that means?
I will think about deleting it, but this site is much more interesting than the blather there.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 07:25 PM
What I did was do a google search on how to delete my FB account, and the best one i found was on wikihow.com. Go forth and never look back! There's no Eurydice waiting for you in the cave.
ETA: Here's the link:
Edited by Campanella, 20 May 2010 - 12:28 AM.
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