It's kind of liberating to say this. I'm leaving Facebook come the morning of Jan 1st 2013. I created an event page and everything so I can go out with a bang. Why you ask? Well here's what I posted on that very site this morning:
If I wanted to go to the mall an talk to strangers about cats that's where I would be right now. But I don't want to do that anymore.
I can't be the only one who's mostly over Facebook by now? So join me on the morning of January 1st 2013 as I deactivate/delete my account and proceed with the myriad of requirements to reclaim a simpler life. It may not be for everyone but I would be happy to have five or five-thousand along for the ride. That's why I've put the date off till the end of the year. I want to go out with a bang.
Who's with me?
Sure, there's a lot to 'like' about Facebook ...and seeing friends online and having discussions and so forth... but you may have noticed that since they went public and are now beholden to shareholders and stock prices – that we the users and our privacy have became less of a priority.
So, No! For the umpteenth time, I don't want to play your stupid FarmVille games... I want my life back.
I'll be the first to admit I spend way too much time here. Yet my time on Facebook has not made me any smarter and rarely better informed. I want a real life and real friends and real experiences that happen to me in real time.
Join the event, share the event and post your thoughts and opinions. We have plenty of time left to enjoy each others company. But most importantly, let's celebrate leaving together.
Freedom, at long last!
Mr. Jesse Walker
Salt Lake City, Utah
So, to be clear, I'm not anti-technology. If anyone has lived with one foot in the digital world, it's me going way back to the 90's. I love the internet and stuff. I just think FB has just turned into too much of a good thing, and the thought of just packing up, rather than tinkering with all the blasted controls they say you're in charge of sounds super duper appealing to me lately. I want to be on the right side of history, support some new startups or simpler models, and if MySpace is any indication... I very well could be. So, help me annoy Facebook by joining my event page... and read these articles while you're at it.
I Left Facebook / [Salon]
Top 10 reasons you should quit Facebook / [Gizmodo]