Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why I Deactivated my Facebook Page

I have pondered this for quite some time. I have also talked about deactivating my account for quite some time. But I never did it. I used to enjoy going on Facebook and seeing what my "friends" were up to.

But then Facebook started to feel intrusive. It began to feel like anything that I did online was somehow tracked in my Facebook feed. People in my life would bring up gossip articles that I had read, websites I had visited, among other things. I began to feel that I had zero privacy online. Nothing that was posted is anything that I am ashamed of. But I do not think that it is anyone's business what I read or what websites I visit online. If I did, I would make it known through a tweet. I share so much on my blog and on twitter that I felt that all the extra online activity that was being posted to my Facebook feed was just too much.

I also noticed that my Facebook page timeline would only post things that they thought I might like. For example, I liked several of my friend's baby pictures. Next thing I know the only updates in my feed are of those friends who have babies and post about them. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy seeing baby pictures. But I also enjoy seeing what else is going on with other friends.

I liked a friend's status about her going on a Disney Cruise. Next thing I knew, my email inbox was flooded with emails from cruise lines. Now I must be honest and say that I am not sure if Facebook gave my information to a cruise line email list but I found the coincidence interesting.

I am just tired of Facebook. It is not what it used to be. I thought about leaving my account open but not going on the site but I struggled to find a reason to keep it.

Just because I am no longer on Facebook does not mean that I do not want to connect or be social. Again, I do so much of that on twitter and the blog that I do not think I will miss Facebook.

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6 thoughts:

Ashley said...

I can understand closing your account I've thought about it a few times. It does seem like you can log in with Facebook for everything now however I never use my Facebook to login to anything I always make a new acct through that website. Good for you tho!

Chemese said...

I understand how you feel. I struggle with making time for facebook, twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I want to be social and make meaningful connections but theres never enough time in the day.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks for your comment. I know what you mean about creating an account other than using facebook and I do that most of the time. However there were a couple of instances when I did not and regretted it later. Thanks for stopping by and weighing in! :)gina

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

It is indeed hard to keep up with all the social network possibilities out there. I have pondered for some time how to manage all of it and I just inundated. I decided to focus on twitter as my means of socializing and if I really miss facebook, I can always go back. Thanks for stopping by! Gina

christine said...

I've debated whether or not to delete my account, but have kept it but limited the amount of information I put in it especially my personal account. I've also tried to make the settings as private as possible and not to be logged on when I'm surfing the internet. I do understand where you're coming from though and why you did it.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

It is interesting because I have found it hard to navigate certain things since I deactivated my account. For example, networked blogs that automatically posts my new blog posts to twitter will not work if you do not have a facebook account. And friends have mentioned that they have trouble finding me on words with friends now that i don't have a facebook page. So I feel like I am sucked back in...I started a new page that nobody knows about just yet. I am still on the fence. If I can find a similar blog tool like networked blogs I would be happy to go without facebook. If you know of any, let me know.

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