Losing Face(book)

“No sir, I don’t like it.”

Mr. Horse was nobody’s fool. I bet he never signed up for a Facebook account. You may argue that this is because he’s a cartoon character, but then so is Il Douche, and he’s all over Twitter. There, I’ve run rings around you logically.

A status update from Mike Keefe at the Colorado Independent.

Over at Wired, Brian Barrett argues that Facebook “has been a poor steward of your data, asking more and more of you without giving you more in return — and often not even bothering to ask. It has repeatedly failed to keep up its side of the deal, and expressed precious little interest in making good.”

And at CNET, Sharon Profis goes a step further, recommending that users cash out of Mark Zuckerberg’s casino, and showing them how to do it.

I croaked my Facebook account some time back after not using it in a good long while, and I haven’t used Twitter since the new year began. Snapchat, Instagram and LinkedIn are likewise safely in the DogMobile’s rear-view mirror.

Some critics will sniff and observe that I’m simply antisocial, and what keen observers they are, too. But as Profis notes, there are plenty of other ways to stay in touch with friends (texting, email, chatting over a cup of coffee).

Why, you might even start a blog with all the free time you’ll suddenly be enjoying. Be sure to send us a link. No, not on Facebook.

• Late update: Want to erase yourself from the Internet? It ain’t easy, says Abby Ohlheiser.

• Even later update: At The Guardian, Arwa Mahdawi recommends deleting Facebook at the very least. “The recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica are an important wakeup call that we are all living with the sociopolitical consequences of surveillance capitalism. We are, I think, at a critical moment where the degree of corporate surveillance to which we are all subjected can either get much better, or much worse. So, I would urge you to extricate yourself from social media as much as you can.”

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11 Responses to “Losing Face(book)”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I never availed myself of Facebook and am highly annoyed that so many media outlets require it of those who want an interactive platform. Lately, I am thinking of croaking my Twitter account given people now have 280 characters to spew irrational rantings. Civil discourse generally takes a little more effort.

    Or as Meena just said from the other side of the room, as the NPR story plays on the radio, “anyone still on FB is an idiot”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I wonder what Larry’s wife says. …

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      It’s not free, never has been, and you are the product. And, Larry’s wife is right, especially when it comes to expecting Facebook to protect data. Facebook’s bubble should burst from this debacle, but then you know what the professor says.

      The right side of my brain has a different response; facebook can pound sand, kilograms of it, up their collective asses. Especially that shit head with the gray T shirts.

    • Dale Says:

      I’m agreeing with Khal’s wife about FB. I never had an account there and never will. Check out Mother Jones for a link to a video about Cambridge Analytica.

  2. Carl Duellman Says:

    i happen to use facebook quite a lot but i don’t care for the fact that they have been using my data against me. but isn’t that what the whole internet does? isn’t every site i visit recorded somewhere to be used against me at a later date? hasn’t this data ship already sailed?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s an argument you can certainly make, Carl. We seem to have traded liberty (in this instance meaning “privacy”) for convenience, as per usual.

      When we’re talking informers, computers are bad enough — I have a Yamaha banner following me around right now because I’ve been shopping for flutes — but the “smart” phone is the real rat-fink, squealer and stool pigeon. The same folks who used to rail against national ID cards and saw spooks under every bed think nothing of pissing away a mortgage payment on a tracking device that they take everywhere. And the Great Eye sees them, whether they’re in the truck, at the theater or on the toilet.

      Ooo, look, cute cat video! Say, what’s that big red Eye in the upper right-hand corner of my phone?

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Gone! I’ve felt for awhile the thing was like Frankenstein’s monster but Zuckerberg doesn’t care as long as the zillions keep rolling in. Now I hope it’ll be the next MySpace!

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sandy says adios to Zuck and his bullshit.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself has announced plans to follow suit this weekend. But there’s still this big red Eye staring out of my iPhone. …

      Oh, never mind. It’s Herself. She wants some FaceTime.

      • Herb Clevenger Says:

        Thanks for the swift kick in the arse. I’ve been meaning to kill off FB which I never ever use crept to post on your blog. Done. Linked In is next since I never look at it anymore either

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Hah! Take that, Zuck! Soon you’ll be buying those gray T-shirts at the Salvation Army! Up the ribbils!

          I still have a LinkedIn account for reasons which elude me. I can’t even remember the password.

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