I just quit Facebook. And here is why:
- First of all, I’ve never loved Facebook and never used it for posting funny status updates, links or photos. There’s a reason for that. I had learnt the hard way how eager companies are to use the paragraph about “immoral” content in their terms of service. I didn’t expect the American company Facebook to differ in this respect. I expected them to delete my account as soon as I posted something immoral, and since I expected their judgement of what’s moral and not to be arbitrary, I preferred not to post anything at all. That way, I could just lean back and say “told you so” when people were upset that Facebook censored pictures of breastfeeding mothers.
- Despite this, I had obviously used Facebook a lot as a means of communication. (There is no export function, so I copied and pasted all relevant messages into e-mails, took about an hour.) Despite I didn’t hold Facebook’s ethics very high, I was still surprised to hear how Facebook censors text messages between its users. This is unacceptable to me and shows that this service should not be used as an alternative to e-mail and other forms of communication.
- Like Rasmus Fleischer, I didn’t care that much about the integrity aspect (as a reason for my leaving Facebook). After all, before Facebook existed there was something called a homepage. That web 1.0 phenomenon was also pretty open to the whole internet. Just like this blog.
- All those old friends. So what are you doing nowadays? Living in Berlin writing novels, wow! Well, as for me I’m married and four weeks ago little Emil entered our world… Wow.
- All those new friends. We should have a beer some day! But we never did. Seriously, the phone call is not that bad as a means of communication, and in a telecom-wise developing country like Germany where an sms still costs 40 cents (to foreign cell phones), there’s a lot of phone calls. I like it.
Those were my reasons. Need more? Read Top ten reasons you should quit Facebook.
PS: You can still follow me on Twitter. I like Twitter.