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Facebook Dropouts?

Tech Posted by glen 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I posted an article today that many people have posted on, but I wonder if the group at large would like to chime in: are you a "Facebook dropout" and deleted your account? Have you missed it?

I just can't quite seem to pull the trigger due to the extensive social graph. If I want to look up a friend in high school and see what they're up to, it's still the best way (IMHO). But man, everything else about that site is horrible. From marketing to tracking, it's all bad.

Anyway, thought it would be an interesting discussion, and I'm looking forward to hearing your responses.

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  • banjoben

    I use it less and less these days. I've switched over to Instagram for most of my social networking as there is a fantastic woodworking/DIY/maker community there. But like you, I still have some people I keep in contact with through facebook.

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  • jordan

    Glen, my thoughts are similar to yours. I still like the concept of the social connection and being able to find people if I want to. The rest of the time though, most people just repost memes and preachy stuff and don't create their own content. I do however like that you can sell stuff on FB Marketplace pretty easily and usually a bit faster than Craigslist.

    I want to pull the plug and about did last year, but then the city band I'm in decided they wanted a Facebook page and asked me to be the social media person. However, this got me thinking that maybe I can pawn off the FB page management on someone else this season...

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  • elancaster65

    While I did a FB fast in the past, I can't see cutting the cord completely. It's good for what it was designed for...social interaction with people you don't see in meatspace. But it has dissolved into bitter, hate-filled screeds that tend to put one off their oats.

    I've found I've had to limit my time and who and what I keep in my feed. Which means I've unfriended people I've known for years because they can't seem to get beyond their political bent or narrative.

    In the end, I try to keep a balance but like most things in life, one bad day can unbalance even the best of plans.

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  • ahnyerkeester

    I'm on it less than I used to be. The "posts similar to ones you've interacted with" being shoved into my timeline is the latest thing to push me away. But, like you said, I have a lot of friends I can keep up with there. Posting less, interacting very selectively, checking in less, not ready to delete account.

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  • Chet_Manly

    Not to be a broken record, but you asked... I never signed up. I’m slow to change or embrace new things but I DO change my opinions and embrace new things after time spent observing etc.. This is how I approached Facebook back in the mid 2000’s. I’d recently gotten married and kind of wanted to move away from that younger phase of my life, so I opted to not participate in something that I could see would be an obvious drain on my time (due to my minimally functioning time management skills) and probably not provide a net benefit for me long term.

    I’ve found this decision to be good for me. If I need to contact someone, there are enough other people on Facebook that I can simply ask them to provide an email or phone number and I can contact that person as needed. I don’t maintain many relationships but the ones I do are meaningful.

    If I start my own business, which could happen in the not too distant future, I will develop an account for the business and probably have someone else post to it for me or suck it up and learn how. I see Facebook as an excellent way to communicate, but it just hasn’t been a goood fit for me and won’t be until I need to communicate with people in more of a one way relationship, by just putting info out or being contacted randomly.

    I was inspired in a way, by friends and family using Facebook, following Hurricane Matthew down in Panama City FL, where Facebook was one of the only ways people in town could communicate on a larger scale. With internet and phone lines (but who has a landline anyway) down, it was a helpful tool for people to share information about where to get assistance, a shower, gas, food, or how to avoid certain predatory contractors/individuals. From hearing that, I am convinced that Facebook can be a good tool and I’m glad it exists. I would just like it to have some competition.

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    • glen

      This is one great aspect of Facebook: the ability to communicate when a disaster happens (same with Twitter). The fact that it has the potential to be used for good is often lost. That said, the company isn't helping itself on the PR front.

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      • Chet_Manly

        Yeah, hearing the positive aspect of what it can do kind of helped me balance out my perspective. On the PR front and regarding how they run the company...

        I might bot ba a fan of what they do by collecting information etc., but they are free to do what they want to do as long as they don’t lie about what they are doing* and no one is forced into a relationship with them.

        *I do not really trust that any of these large companies (google, FB, amazon etc.) ARE totally transparent about the relationship they have with our personal information, but I would like to see full transparency at some point. So the extent that this website goes to to protect privacy is very much appreciated!

        (Dismounts soapbox. Nods head in thanks. Returns to monotonous daily life.)

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