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I will Facebook no more Forever
I have a large stack of web log clippings that accumulated on the topic of Facebook and social networks in general. I may post some of these at some point, but Facebook is no longer at the center of my attention.
Video: I will Facebook no more Forever. I pulled the plug on Facebook a few weeks ago. I finally got around to letting Facebook folk know that I was gone on purpose by posting the enclosed video to the Scobleizer kyte.tv channel that is also seen on Facebook.
What tipped me over was with the succession of disclosures around Beacon. The decisive moment was Dare Obasanjo's damning take. That was enough for me to go "ick," declare that I had experienced enough moments-of-truth, and vamoose. I had enough from Facebook to know that it is not reconcilable with my personal values when it comes to the Internet as a social medium.
I was never hooked on Facebook. I checked in once or twice per week just in case there were notices for me to deal with. I stopped installing applications and my tendency was to delete two groups for every new one that I joined.
My principle interest in Facebook was learning more about social networks and to sharpen my own sense of what the social grid could provide if it were disintermediated in a way that could scale, much like the counterpart achievement with RSS feeds. I've seen enough of Facebook about that. I'm now looking for materials that look at how social grids can be user-constructed and -operated, with scaling by aggregation services rather than silos.
Yeah, I'm losing interest in Facebook too. It seems worth having a presence, just because so many people I work with do, but I'm not "getting" Facebook, I must admit. For example, I have yet to experience any desire at all to share an "application" (as they call them).
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