Why I de-activated Facebook
Earlier this week, I de-activated my Facebook account. I came home from school one day and sat down at my computer and realized that I felt no need to log onto Facebook, so I simply de-activated the account.
I realize now that this was a bit rash, so I’ve been thinking about the ways in which I miss having the account. There are several people who crazily enough, don’t use e-mail to reach me – they use Facebook messages instead. So for these people, I can’t reach them.
I think that one of the main problems is the number of status updates that I see – that is what keeps me refreshing the main page sometimes and that is exactly why they put it there! One of the things that I like about my twitter homepage is that it is only filled with bits from people who I honestly do care about what’s going on with them, as I have been very selective about who I care to receive real-time updates from. For anyone who didn’t know that, I apologize. It is nothing against you personally, but I do not want a flooded twitter homepage, so I have been keeping it extremely small.
I have had a Facebook account for almost 4 years now, so I have seen it go through a lot of changes over the years. I think that in my head, I still see it as the non-real-time messaging and keeping in touch with people method that it used to be.
I am going to re-activate the account, but:
- I am going to try to make it so that my news feed has nothing on it. I will try to accomplish this by making a friends list with no one on it and putting it at the top of my list on the side, to make it be the news feed one.
- I will also remove the ability for my friends to post to my wall since messages are actually private and have better threading anyways.
- I will remove the Twitter to Facebook link, since if I really wanted you to read my updates, then you would be allowed to follow me on Twitter (sorry to non-Twitter users).
- I will only allow myself to log on once per day and only if I have received messages or such that I should respond to. But all responses must first be drafted in my Gmail account, not on Facebook.
I think that these ideas will help to reduce the time I spend on Facebook, while at the same time, keeping what I get out of it the same – the messaging.
Update: Facebook does not allow you to create a friends list with no friends in it, so I created one with all of my pages and added a friend who never posts status updates or pictures to it.
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