OK. My Facebook account is officially shut down. I euthanized it this morning.
Now, there’s the problem of filling some of that void; social media without the social media.
I found this article in some blog called the Dead Dog Cafe (hey, I don’t name these things) that is worthy of my consideration. In truth, there are no real secrets there. The writer suggests using:
Twitter for status messages. I do use that, but the signal-to-noise ratio is ridiculous. The infrastructure is too wide open, and you usually need some third-party software or service to filter things. It’s not as completely messed up as Facebook (give it time), but in the interim it handles my short messaging needs.
- Pidgin for chat (although Meebo is also good for this). Generally, dust off your old chat accounts and instant messaging and use those. Do people still send instant messages?
Regular email for messages. OK. I still use email, and a lot of it, but I’ll admit I’m an anachronism. Email is, like, so ’90s. Do the folks of the “millennial” generation use email?
The Low Tech Times (I love the layout, by the way) echoes some of this, but adds blogging to the roll-your-own social media mix. The writer, S. P. Gass concludes: “The only reason I can think of to sign up for a Facebook account is to drive traffic to my own sites.”
Which, said and done, is the only real reason I can see for keeping Facebook around (except for my friends who are used to exchanging political comment & other nuggets of wisdom with me). But does Facebook actually drive traffic to these blogs? I can’t rightly tell, though it’s helped make my circle of friends aware of my doings and writings.
Gass (great name) further stirs the puddin’ in an update to his original 2009 piece: Spend time with family and friends in person. Send a postcard every so often. Send an email. And he reiterated the concept of blogging, preferably in a platform where you own the words you write.
On Facebook the natives are getting restless, and you might find some new flavors of Kool-Aid around. But it doesn’t matter what flavor you’re drinking, the results are still the same.
Meanwhile, there’s a new Facebook group that apparently started within the last few minutes: “10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account.” Uhh, it ought to be interesting to see how many members it attracts:
Hypocrites will join the group, maintaining their Facebook accounts to do so.
Non-hypocrites will merely delete their accounts.
But then, you find that in the real world, too. Some folks will complain and start a movement about something that upsets them, and in doing so feed the problem. Others will quietly (or maybe not so quietly) cease to be a party to the problem. Unfortunately, our society — particularly our political structure these days — seems to favor the first course of action.
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