I have decided to leave Facebook. I have been a member since October 10, 2005, about a year and a half really. In that time I’ve amassed a mere 97 friends, all of which I know in real life. I’ve coordinated events and gatherings, joked with my friends about life. Posted blog entires, seen pictures from all over the world of just about everyone doing just about everything. I keep up on my friends’ comings and goings, joys and tears, and I’m leaving. Soon.
I’m leaving because I can’t see a need for it anymore. The friends that I want to talk to have my cell number, my email address or know how to contact me through my website. The other people that I know, those that I rarely talk to or haven’t talked to in years really aren’t going to contact me anyway, I have no real desire to contact them either. I would have already if I needed to.
I stayed this long honestly because of the NCAA pool, I thought I was doing well, and honestly I didn’t do too bad, just not enough to win anything really. I have become annoyed by Facebook’s constant need for my attention, events, pictures, pokes, requests… Random phone calls at 2am about Dave Matthews. All of it. I don’t need it anymore.
I’m tired of the invites to things I have no interest in. I’m tired of checking the site to check on pokes or friend requests. It’s a big rumor mill. Who’s doing what with whom and when. It’s more drama than I need in my life. I’m happy using phones, email, and even face to face conversations to stay up to date on people that I care about.
To those of you who are my friend on Facebook, check my profile fast, get my website, AIM, and cell info, if you need to contact me do so. I have no problem talking to any of my friends, I just won’t be participating on Facebook anymore. To those of you who don’t know me on Facebook. Thank you for your continued reading on my site and I hope you’ll continue to do so.
To Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, I wish you well my friend. I wish you would have seen the light and sold out when you could have, I predict a mass exodus of Facebook soon. Not solely because of me or even partly because of me, because people are looking for better ways to do things, they want to be connected to those around them both literally (school friends) and figuratively (some guy in Vancouver with a D&D guild similar to yours, or something like that). I cannot say that I won’t be back on Facebook (no one really knows, but most likely I won’t), I may show up on some other social networking site, Virb has been sounding like the next big thing lately. I’m there but just as a placeholder for now. Friendster should be your case study of what not to do. If you can innovate and keep people happy with your features and not turn out to be the next MySpace, you might do OK, otherwise I fear others will write the same post I have.
So long my friends, buddies, and network companions.