17 June 2010

As I mentioned in my initial post, I had a Facebook account last year and then deleted it not long after creating it and I'll tell you why.

Over 400 million people are said to have accounts on Facebook. That's cool with me if that is their thing; more power to them. I on the other hand do not want one or anything like it again. It requires you sign up and provide personal information to share with others. Granted I can use very little information and maybe even use a pseudonym, but why bother. Part of the annoyance was "information overload". Just having 40-50 "friends" constantly updating every second of their life with minute detail was aggravating. I don't care that you're in line at the store and someone in front of you is taking their sweet time. Yes it's annoying, but you telling the world about it is also annoying. I feel better getting to know my real friends' life updates by speaking to them in person and getting the highlights; not every detail.

Facebook games and invitations. These also really annoyed me. People constantly playing games and their game status being part of the news briefing you get, and then they try to recruit you into their games. The same thing goes for fan pages and causes and blah blah blah. I DON'T CARE! Leave me alone with all this crap!

Then there is all the gossip that goes on. That bothers me too. Facebook is just an easy means to gossip and brag and encourage others to do the same. It didn't take me long to get fed up with it and I quit it.

When someone asks me if I have a Facebook, I proudly proclaim "No I don't." With the enthusiasm I exude in the statement, most people stop right there and don't ask any further questions regarding the matter.

If someone wants to get to know me or see my pictures, they can come talk to me in person and I will decide what level of access to grant them into my personal life.

Thank you very much!

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