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(CNN)   Why I'm quitting Facebook by writing this publicity piece about Facebook   (cnn.com) divider line 61
    More: Misc, Facebook, party plans, big data, Douglas Rushkoff  
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2013-02-25 09:57:51 PM
I quit Fakebook,  too many run-ins with girlfriends.

I was inhibited about it for two days afterwards.

I enjoy this trend of people leaving.  It's the damned Matrix!  But yeah, I miss out on a lot of cool conversations (I guess).
 
2013-02-25 10:41:52 PM
I cared more about the link to Bob Greene's latest onion belt piece.  Even if he's still fixated on the year 1964, at least he's still able to make a living.

I still think that crazy girl wanted to have his baby, but he said no.  BTW: "Baby Richard" is also apparently doing well without him.
 
2013-02-25 10:43:03 PM
Eh, this is Douglas Rushkoff, a self-proclaimed "media theorist" who has an audience, for some reason.

He's one of the only writers I've ever read who consistently sounds like he's an outsider to his own life. It's quite fascinating.

/Left Facebook over a year ago, haven't looked back.
 
2013-02-25 10:53:38 PM
We Facebook users have been building a treasure lode of big data that government and corporate researchers have been mining to predict and influence what we buy and for whom we vote.

Treasure Load, Mother Trove, 220, 221, whatever it takes.

/Burn Dust
//Eat my rubber!
 
2013-02-25 11:06:12 PM
"Why I'm quitting Facebook"

Why I'm not reading your article
 
2013-02-25 11:40:50 PM
I quit fb after an acquaintance asked me to teach a summer adult learning program about gardening. I am a mass murderer of plant life and I asked her where in the world she got the idea to ask me this (and already told the director of the program that I'd be the gal for the job). It was because I "liked" pictures on a site about growing veg in whatever space you have, containers, front yard, apartment balcony, etc. I just thought it was clever, I'm not a farking horticulturist for it! She was convinced that gardening was my favorite thing and told me about all her ideas of me based on my likes and commenting habits. It sounds like a silly misunderstanding but as it played out it was a bit of a mess. Facebook seems to contribute to the idea that we know all about a person when we really don't know jack.
 
2013-02-26 12:19:13 AM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I quit fb after an acquaintance asked me to teach a summer adult learning program about gardening. I am a mass murderer of plant life and I asked her where in the world she got the idea to ask me this (and already told the director of the program that I'd be the gal for the job). It was because I "liked" pictures on a site about growing veg in whatever space you have, containers, front yard, apartment balcony, etc. I just thought it was clever, I'm not a farking horticulturist for it! She was convinced that gardening was my favorite thing and told me about all her ideas of me based on my likes and commenting habits. It sounds like a silly misunderstanding but as it played out it was a bit of a mess. Facebook seems to contribute to the idea that we know all about a person when we really don't know jack.


My issue is people thinking I want to bone them when I like a picture of theirs. It may be cleverly taken, a good outfit, or just a nice smile, but a good pic is a good pic to me and I always take it as a nice gesture when I receive a like on mine. This issue is why I HAVEN'T quit FB.
 
2013-02-26 04:18:38 AM

stupiddream: Facebook is Forever.  Just like everything else on the internet.  Only Facebook has your real name on it.  Some of my friends have questionable views and I don't want future job prospects to be comprimized by some rant one of my friends or I myself wrote without thinking.  So I let my wife keep me up to date on what cute pictures my Mom has posted.


Did you ever try visiting the Privacy Settings? You can keep your timeline hidden from people who aren't your friends.
 
2013-02-26 06:03:01 AM
It does things on our behalf when we're not even there


Sure it does - if you LIKE a ton of things and click on all the little games and apps that it offers you, then yes it does.  Otherwise, no it doesn't.  Just don't do that and it won't do that.
 
2013-02-26 07:56:32 AM

ColSanders: Carth: Quitting facebook is becoming the cool thing to do. People who use it regularly are less happy and waste more time online.

Complaining about Facebook is becoming the cool thing to do, but I'd be willing to be a very low percentage of the complainers quit. Why, because it has become almost a necessity.  I deleted my Facebook account years ago, but continuing to eschew Facebook is nothing but tilting at windmills.  Not having a presence on Facebook can hurt your career, prevent you from getting a new one, make otherwise useful phone/tablet apps crippled, and at times simply make you a second class citizen on the internet.

It feels like pretty soon you won't even be able to get a drivers license without having a Facebook account.

So for every person who  claims to be deleting their account now, there will be someone like me who, despite not wanting to hear from people I never liked in high school, will create an account again.  I'm holding out for a while longer, though.


I, like you, deleted my account a year or two ago. A few months I made a new one with my picture name and hometown. It is much easier to just say "yes" than explain why i don't have one when coworkers or people I meet ask.
 
2013-02-26 09:09:56 AM

dustygrimp: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: unlikely: Why I'm quitting facebook: I'm tired of getting invited to parties, knowing when my friends have life changing events, and being just generally in touch. By gum if I want to put my foot in my mouth and ask Tom how Lisa is doing the day after she dumped him, I should be able to without all them facebook SPOILERS.  Further, I love those "I don't have a TV" and "I don't read fiction" people so much I want to join them in my haughty assitude, and this is the path that will get me there.

I don't consume entertainment media. I have a plain white wall I enjoy viewing. It's far more enthralling than this "existence" you speak of.

What I don't get is why it's an all or nothing proposition. I am all for disconnecting and spending time alone with my thoughts and I think the world would be a better place if everyone did that from time to time.  But I also enjoy the time I spend on Facebook posting a few times a week, on average, and reading the posts of others.  Declaring your disdain for FB doesn't make you more enlightened than the masses, it makes you a reactionary, twatwaffle contrarian who desperately needs to find something to make you unique.  It's the '70's grade school equivalent of "My dad could beat up your dad," need to be more extreme than your peers. Lighten the fark up.


That's a pretty astute assessment. Truth is I've been struggling with removing my facebook profile for a few months now though. I have no issue with Facebook itself, I just feel that maybe 4 out of 220 odd people I have as friends post anything I care about and most of them email me anyway. Outside that and a couple chat conversations all I see on there are the long-form versions of the crap I'd see these other people tweet, Messages from people I haven't seen since highschool who I never spoke to then and invites at 1 or 2 in the am to art house exhibitions and indie rock shows. Not to mention in a couple relationships recently it's been a big concern that I didn't keep my profile up to date.

I want to relinquish my facebook existence but don't want to look like, as you put it, a "reactionary, twatwaffle contrarian who desperately needs to find something to make you unique". What a lame-ass 21st century problem.
 
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