Will You Ever Quit Facebook?

I stumbled upon this website: http://QuitFaceBookDay.com when I arrived at work this morning. Strucked by its catchy phrase, I decided to read more into what they are actually preaching. According the site;

Facebook Trashed

Facebook is engaging, enjoyable and quite frankly, addictive. Quitting something like Facebook is like quitting smoking.

They’ve actually marked May 31, 2010 as the deadline for those interested to quitting/deleting their accounts from Facebook permanently. As I’m typing at this very moment; about 16129 people have committed to joining this cause/campaign.

Would you join this campaign? Are you likely to quit Facebook soon? What would push you into doing that? Is it because of the privacy issues or other pressing ones?

In recent times, there’s been a lot of talk about Facebook and their privacy issues; as well as their perceived attempts to “take over the web” through their “like” buttons and other integrations with their platform. As a matter of fact, I’m not saying the privacy and other stuffs aren’t important – trust me, it is. In my opinion, the Facebook privacy settings are a usability nightmare, but I do encourage everyone to take a look at theirs and lock them down however tightly you want.

Even though I have been contemplating on the issue of completely deleting my account on Facebook; I have come to realized that, I have nothing to lose if I maintain my account rather than delete it. As a matter of fact, Facebook has been a platform of socializing, re-connecting with old friends, sharing my blog-posts & updating my numerous friends all over the world; from Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, UK, Canada, USA, Kenya and Uganda through to Nigeria about happenings in Ghana and around me…

How do I keep in touch with all this numerous friends/mates and business contacts when MTN’s data services are becoming very expensive by the hour?

Currently, a Google search on my name is definitely going to reveal lot of information [mainly via my blogs] about myself than a couple of years ago. I always dread to think about what info of me is already online even taking Facebook out of the equation. If I decide to leave Facebook entirely for that reason; then surely I would then logically, have to track down all other information that are in other places. I simply cannot summon up the energy to do this… Before I think of starting, I’m already exhausted.

A few years ago, when I finally came to accept the fact that I was addicted to the internet; I made up my mind to use the web into building a career and living my life. I can’t now complain that people I don’t know can find stuff about me. It’s all in the spirit of technology and evolution. I support Digital Activism & Social Media Evolution to the core.

Now to the Sad case: I’m not happy right now because I’m fallen a victim of privacy-abuse on Facebook. There’s this group on Facebook “Chill Out Ghana” by one Kwabena Poku. Even though I’m not a member of this group; I keep receiving spamming messages from this person and his group every time there’s going to be an event in Ghana. Messages range from Silverbird Movies-to-be-shown, Facebook Waakye Party and just this recent one, Vodafone 020 Concert… I have cross-checked to be sure; I’m not his friend and neither part of the group but I keep get spammed… Why???

A week before the Vodafone 020 Concert in Accra, I received about 3 to 5 messages from Chill Out Ghana in a day. All this messages were sent by Kwabena Poku. What kind of nonsense is this? Is it by force to be informed about an event? I just hate cheap advertisement..!

As much as I’m so much into social media right now, I’m not going to make that act of cheap-advertisement stop me from doing what I do best. I will continue to embrace social networking and learn new ways of improving upon blogging and citizen journalism…

I plan to stay on top of Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings and I’m going to be very cautious about what I post, knowing that any online information easily could be shared beyond friends.

Dear reader; do you plan quitting Facebook for good? What are some of the mishaps you’ve encountered since you signed on Facebook? Will Facebook respond to this and come up with a better and secured Privacy Policy? Are you quitting Facebook or sticking with it? I would be interested in hearing other people’s views!

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3 thoughts on “Will You Ever Quit Facebook?

  1. I deleted my account three weeks ago. Its now official. Although I enjoyed being able to get back in touch with some people, I generally found that Facebook was a huge waste of time. I was also uncomfortable with the blurred distinctions between ‘friends’ and ‘acquaintances’ – even though I had three limited lists. I didn’t like that I had to keep updating my privacy settings every few weeks and months. Also, if I haven’t kept in touch with you since the tenth grade, then there must be a reason – maybe we weren’t meant to be friends! I disliked having to find ways to fend off persistent friends of friends and people from school. Facebook has also impersonal-ized conversation, in my view. I used to like writing and receiving emails and phone calls from my friends. In FB-Land, conversation became reduced to a series of ‘likes’ and brief comments on my status updates and wall. All this said, I am sure I will be out of the loop on some stuff; of this, I wont miss endless baby pictures (its not easy to not comment on a friend’s baby pictures). I thought it would be hard to leave. It really hasn’t been weird. Or maybe I’ve become bored of it. Or maybe I’ve become put off by this frenzied need to constantly connect and share. Considering I’m always online, its quite lovely to pull the plug and let people get on with their lives. When they want to update me about their lives, my friends will call or write.

  2. I am not an Internet Genius… But I find that programs, such as Facebook and Twitter have provided so many people much opportunity to develop a global presence, never before available, at NO COST. Just a bit of Time and Energy. If these systems were available to my businesses 50 years ago, my net profits would have been much higher. There seem to be a question of Privacy… If one is so concerned about Privacy they should INVEST their Capital in developing platforms which offer the same benefit and they could maintain control. Personally I read the fine print and find no problem having my content somewhat out of my Control. That is my Choice. Just some comments from a satisfied Business person. My clients are also VERY happy with the results of Audience share from these Social Media Platforms

  3. I think people are definitely over-reacting. You’re on the internet — the days are gone of privacy on the internet (as sad as it is to write). If you comment, write a blog post, join a website, it’s all on the internet. If you really hate the whole Facebook thing, then leave.

    I hate it where the stigma of large companies always lead to “evil”. When you become successful, does it make you evil? I don’t think that’s always the case.

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