I’ve begun running into people in the past few months who are wrestling with the idea of cancelling their Facebook accounts.
Are you one of them?
It’s been some seven years since I signed up, and I have to admit it almost feels like I have to hold my nose when I login, now and then. Now and them, meaning a few times a week -down from a few times a day some years back. Hence that post a few weeks back when I wondered if the social network, was more of a faux community.
There seems to be a bigger picture emerging.
- There are the lawsuits against Facebook’s intrusion of privacy - basically claims of data mining
- Also some research is popping up, predicting things could get bad, as people head for the exits.
- Finally, there is Facebook’s own admission during third quarter earnings last year, that it is losing young people.
As one person I interviewed noted, the land grab to just be seen on Facebook, and that “me-first’ mentality has worn thin. There is too much chest-thumping, too much ‘thought burps’ for some to want to be part of it.
I like to hear what you think of all this, and how you use or ignore. I don’t want to know the obvious: that it’s easy to find long-lost high school friends, and how it makes you feel connected. There are dozens of ways we could do that now.
I like to know:
- Have you changed your Facebook activity?
- What makes you wince at what people say/post?
- Are you using Facebook in some other interesting way?
- Are you (or someone you know) contemplating heading for the exits?