I never liked Facebook. Since the day I first saw it. I thought (and still think) it’s a confusing interface, it’s never clear when things you do are visible to everyone or just you, and I really disliked their views on privacy. More on that in a second…
First off, I guess I’m a pretty private person. I don’t really think it’s everyones business what I’m up to, but even moreso – I’m not so narcissistic to think that everyone cares! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying everyone who uses Facebook is narcissistic, I’m just saying that this new medium is just… weird. Never before have regular people been so able to publish their lives. We all know this has identity-theft and stalker implications, but it’s also just a new concept. We know so much more about even casual friends than we ever did before. Is there such a thing as over-sharing? The bottom line for me, is I’ve just come to the conclusion it’s not for me, it’s just one more thing to "manage", in life – and so I "tried" to close my Facebook account today.
Have you ever tried to do that? The short answer is: you can’t. It’s there. Forever. Everything you’ve ever written on Facebook, is there forever. Note, you can "deactivate" your account, they say:
"You can reactivate your account at any time by logging into Facebook using your old login email and password. You will be able to use the site like you used to."
So when you deactivate your account, it doesn’t appear to actually do ANYthing, except turn off e-mails that it sends you.
I’ve seen several interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO/founder of Facebook – and let me tell you, he’s a pretty twisted guy. He’s one of those world-domination, megalomania kind of guys, except he can actually do a lot of what he wants – because of the popularity of Facebook. So needless to say, this was sort of disturbing to me. There was no way to "delete" a Facebook account. So, I spent about 1/2 hour, removing friends, groups, pages, blanking out profile information, removing pictures, changing the name, and it requires that you have a valid e-mail address, so I set up a bogus e-mail address, so I could delete my real one (I wonder if it ever REALLY gets deleted?!)
Anyhow – I only bring all of this up because A) Facebook is maintainance that I just am not interested in, and I wonder how many other people see it that way? I would guess not many! and B) I never liked Facebook, but even I was surprised about how they handle "deleting" accounts!! So lesson-learned, be wary of what you put in your Facebook account, and what you say on others pages too…