I quit Facebook. Yes, it's possible, you can do that. Ok, it wasn't a big problem for me, seeing as I rarely used it. I never really got it, either. Why would I want to connect with people I haven't seen, let alone thought about, in almost 20 years, and had nothing in common with in the first place..?
The layout of the darn thing is confusing and seems to be set up so that changing your information is difficult. Plus, although it is a minor thing, it really annoyed me when people used Facebook to get in touch, although it was pretty obvious that I rarely used it. People who have my email address and have used it in the past, so they know it works and that I will respond!
Also, I don't like the uniformity of Facebook. Every page looks the same, there is zero personality. But that is just a small nuisance. I realise that not everyone has the need/want/skill to have a 'proper web presence', so for them it probably works. I just wish people would realise that there are always trade-offs on the internet.
In Facebook's case, you get a free 'service', but in return Facebook gets to know everything about you and they get to share it with others without telling you - oh, they probably put it in the TOS etc, but how many people actually read TOS in the first place, let alone check up on them from time to time?
I had removed pretty much all my personal information a while ago. I never uploaded any photos to Facebook or played any of those stupid games. Well, I did right at the beginning, but then I realised just how stupid they are and, more importantly, how those games are allowed to view my personal information.
But that was then. Atleast you had to say yes to share with those applications, although saying no meant you couldn't play. Oh and did you know that even if you delete pictures from Facebook they are not completely gone?
Now, though, Facebook have changed their policies, so pretty much all your information is open/searchable by anyone by default. You have to manually change the settings to get a bit of privacy. And it's not just your interests or country you live in, it is everything. Your updates, wall posts, photos, the groups you're a member of, who your friends are etc. Pretty much the only thing not available is your birthday.
Oh but it gets better. They are also sending your information to other sites you are surfing if you are already logged on to Facebook, so those sites can 'personalise' your experience. But do you think this is really the reason? It's not, of course. They are not doing this for the users, but for themselves, to make money.
Even if you are not worried about Facebook, and want to continue using it, regardless, I still urge you to read up about what's going on. Like here and here. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Also, these infographics show very well, how Facebook's sharing of your information has 'developed'. Compare the 2005 and the 2010 chart, for example, blue is what is shared by default.
If all of this has got you sufficiently worried and you want to delete your Facebook account, here's how.
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