I hate Facebook, I have never seen a point to it, I’ve never thought it was at all useful, it doesn’t facilitate intelligent conversations and I fought having an account for a long, long, long time. In fact, for as long as I’ve had an account, plus a page for all of my various and sundry blogs and podcasts, I don’t think I’ve done more than use it as a dumping ground for blog posts and the like. I simply have no time and no interest in going over there and friending people and liking pages. My time is so limited these days that my entire online presences consists of an hour in the morning hitting a few forums and blogs before being off to work. I’ve almost entirely stopped posting on my other blog and here would be the same if I weren’t well over a month ahead in posts. My free time has completely vanished and Facebook is about as far down the list of things I have any interest in doing as you can get.
But that doesn’t stop Facebook from e-mailing me an endless amount of spam saying “Come back to Facebook!” Well, that’s not quite accurate, they’re not asking me to come back, they’re assuming that I’m coming back and have just lost my way. They expect me to be falling all over myself to be on Facebook. They send me an endless array of suggestions for getting back into Facebook that I find positively annoying and even though I’ve tried to turn these stupid spam e-mails off, they keep on coming.
In fact, it reminds me of their ham-fisted attempts to find me “friends” in the first place. When I first set up my account, it kept giving me suggestions for people I might know. The overwhelming majority of them, I had no clue about, I have no idea why they might have thought I’d have ever seen these people before, I’m sure it comes from some shared interest or something, but they were almost all complete strangers. The ones remaining were people that I had once been acquainted with but now wanted nothing to do with. If I wanted these people on my friend list, I would have friended them on my own. I don’t need Facebook’s help. I’m not a pathetic loser who needs some online service to keep track of people I want to be friends with. If I lost contact with someone from my past, it’s because I wanted to. I’m not stupid or forgetful, I actually know what I’m doing.
So I’ve been thinking that maybe I ought to just delete my Facebook account and all of the associated pages because I don’t think they’re useful at all and I’m pretty sure I will never use them again. Even if I was just sitting around doing nothing in front of a computer every day for the rest of my life, I’m still not going to use Facebook. It’ll get them to stop bothering me and since I hate clutter on my desktop, that will get rid of one more useless icon in my browser.
While I’m at it, I ought to just delete my various Twitter accounts too. I haven’t had a Twitter client open for a couple of months, I just dump blog posts there as advertising but I have no interest in debating Twidiots in 140 character chunks. They’re another one who keeps spamming my e-mail with “do you know…” nonsense. If I knew them, I’d be following them. In fact, some of them I am following on another account. Again, it won’t stop sending me crap no matter how many times I tell it to. Maybe deleting the account is my best option.
So if you see my Facebook and Twitter accounts just go away one day, you’ll know why. I haven’t had a chance to go through the long and involved process that Facebook requires to actually delete an account, Twitter is more a matter of laziness on my part, but once I get time, this option is looking more and more favorable all the time.