I was a member of Facebook for nearly three years, and finally deleted my account in 2010
for a variety of reasons. Since people keep asking "Why aren't you on Facebook?" and I'm
getting tired of repeating my answers, I will now start sending them to this page.
I am not on Facebook anymore, because:
(In no particular order)
• People have been misled (self-misled?) into forgetting that the entire internet
vast and potentially meaningful social network
and now believe that social networks are
supposed to be narrowly focused, uncustomizable, ad-filled collections of pointless and
• Facebook functions as a “mini-internet”. All of my content is available on the
• Anything I could do on Facebook, I can do better and easier on the actual internet.
• Status updates? — Unnecessary. But if I wanted them, I could use Twitter, or even
• News about my life? — Blogs are invariably better for this.
• Sharing photos? — Almost any photo-sharing site is better than Facebook.
• Sending private messages? — Email is invariably better for this. And
everyone has email.
• Facebook is like a mega-store that sells everything, but none of it very well, as opposed to
speciality stores that sell one kind of product each, and do it very well.
• I could not think of one reason to keep using the site.
• I prefer small amounts of meaningful interaction to large amounts of meaningless interaction.
• Other people used (and still use) Facebook as an excuse to not visit
, my website
my photo site
• There are already tried-and-true (and easy) ways to keep in touch with people you like.
• It is easy enough to find me, and keep up with my life without
using Facebook. In fact,
without Facebook. All you have to remember is:
. (Facebook is eight letters; wilcfry is only seven letters.)
• Other people were required to join and log in to Facebook in order to comment on my posts,
whereas they do not have to join or log in if they want to post comments on my blog.
• Instead of engaging in conversations, my “friends” on Facebook spent most of their
time inviting me to play “games” or engage in other meaningless and time-wasting
• I have never fully agreed with its TOS (Terms of Service agreement).
• I did not like that the TOS changed regularly.
• If a site is truly honest and had good intentions, then deleting your account would be easy and
actually remove your content. (Facebook does not remove your content when you end your account,
even if you follow the specific instructions. If you “reactivate” the account months
later, your content is still there.)
• The user interface changed regularly and significantly, making the site difficult to use (for
me). And each interface change also changed the privacy settings without notification.
• Images were displayed in poor quality compared to other image-sharing sites.
• Page URLs (web addresses) were too long and nonsensical, making it difficult to link to a
• My blog
• My website
• My photo site
• Careful study revealed that I actually had less
contact with family and friends when I was
a member of Facebook than I did after quitting.
• People keep insisting I should be on Facebook. (Reverse psychology does
work for me.)
• The majority isn’t always right.
• In October 2013, Facebook
the ability to hide yourself from searches