It’s been a year (roughly) since I signed off from your hallowed streams. I’m writing today to say .. I don’t miss you. I don’t miss the time sink that was updates from people who didn’t speak to me in high school but were appearing before me with how much they bench-pressed the night before or their pet’s latest frock.
I took my life back, thank you very much.
I admit – I probably didn’t manage it best I could. I pretty much let everyone in, particularly while organizing a few events. I mean, how can you be an organizer and not accept a “friend” invitation. And I realize you offer ways to “block” users from appearing in your timeline yet remain “friends” with them so they can see you – but, really, isn’t that the height of narcissism? Yeah, I want to count you as a “friend” but on my terms and my terms only. (Beyond that, why do I want to waste my time figuring out how to do it?)
In truth I didn’t define the terms of my “friend”ship with you, so it became imperative that we part ways. I didn’t put any parameters on who I accepted as a friend and as a result you became just noise.
I believe strongly in social media – the short bursts on Twitter and Instagram can be brilliant, and YouTube is fabulous (still). Google+ more than replaces you.
You see, dear Facebook, you have jumped the shark.
Be careful out there and recognize that it’s happening – all the signs are there (and I speak from experience having managed an online community born before you came along). The very public defections, the privacy concerns – who has time? Not me, that’s all I really know.
So best of luck in 2014, be smart and keep people safe.
‘Til we (never) meet again,