Friday, 12 November 2010

Goodbye Facebook

There. Done it. Deactivated my Facebook account. It wasn't adding anything to my life, and yet it needed maintenance and it seemed a little too public. And it was awkward to use on my phone.

I was mildly intrigued to see what the fleeting concerns of people were, but the prevailing mood was too light for anything serious. Facebook didn't seem the right platform for important announcements. Nor could you write a long and detailed piece. Most people seemed to write cryptic or frivolous one-liners and little else. These quickly got buried by fresh stuff. So you basically saw only what people had said in the last three hours or so, unless prepared to scroll back, which I wasn't because the reward was too thin. Nor was I ever going to chat online.

Somehow I feel as if I've lightened my load. I've got off the crowded bus and decided to walk in the fresh air.


  1. That's how I felt when I got rid of my Twitter account. :) But I still like Facebook. Chacun à son goût!

  2. I don't blame you at all. Lucy. I've often considered doing the same thing, and I still might. I rarely ever visit my account, and I keep getting friend requests from people I don't know from Adam.

    Funny, the octogenarian comedian, Betty White was on Saturday Night Live a few months ago, and she was talking about Facebook. She looked dead into the camera, and said, "It all seems like such a terrible waste of time!". She was just trying to be funny, but I couldn't have agreed with her more. I hate to say we are too old, but it just doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense for people of our generation. Ariel is in between our generation and the youngsters, so she can probably still relate to it.

    Melissa XX

  3. Melissa is probably right... it's a generational thing. My hubby is in his mid-60's and he isn't into Facebook at all. Me, I use it quite a bit because so many of my friends on there are also real-life friends and we use it (and Meetup) to coordinate gatherings and such. I've also been reunited with many people that I went to school with.

    I think I really need to prune my friends list though... there are people on that list with whom I have nothing in common!

  4. It has it limitations, for sure, and that means it is not for everyone.

    I find it handier than blogs, and one can stay in contact with a lot of one's friends all at once.

    I have a twitter account, but regarded that as truly pointless... What the hell can one really day in so few words? :-)


  5. I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I had an account, deleted it, reinstated it, then deleted it again.

    It was fun when old school pals made contact. "Looks like we were in the same year, but I don't remember you, Angela..", etc. I would reply that I remember them well but I'm not the girl I used to be!

    Everything else seemed rather frivolous and, like you, I wanted to lighten the load. Something tells me, though, that I might be back.

  6. wa wa wa I'm trying to do same with my facebook account but don't know how to do it.

  7. Sounds like I had a lucky escape.

  8. I'm getting used to Facebook. I like being able to keep up with friends, in far-flung places; you know neither of you will ever find the time to do the one-on-one correspondence that used to be the way of the world. FB fills that gap!

  9. Its not for everyone's liking, on other social networking sites I use some actively others rarely and have closed some.


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