I’d like to say “I don’t Facebook” but the truth is that like 1.4 billion others I do have a personal FB account.
For a number of reasons I don’t spend much time on there anymore. I better not get started on that subject or you’ll be stuck reading my 2000 word diatribe on why I think the greedy insincere little shit who runs it belongs in jail.
I mean really. Have you seen their “But then something happened” apology commercial?
Yeah something happened alright. You greedy motherf*ckers decided that money was more important than our privacy and you sold all our data to the f*cking Russians!
And then while you were busy telling us how you were creating a new model that would redefine modern journalism – apparently in a way that didn’t include actual journalists or pesky little details like fact-checking, because as weasel-boy put it “Facebook never sought to become a publisher”, you shit-bags decided it was okay to accept truckloads of cash from propaganda mongers hell-bent on subverting our democracies; thereby giving wings to ridiculous fake news stories like #Pizzagate or the Pope supposedly endorsing… Cheetolini for President.
*Takes deep breath and steps back from the brink*
You said this wasn’t going to be a 2000 word rant so get to your point already Norm.
Okay, yeah. My point:
For some reason I’ve received quite a few new Facebook friend/connection requests from my existing WordPress and Instagram contacts lately.
I haven’t accepted any of those requests and won’t be any time in the near future. It’s not that I’m being anti-social and I assure you I’m not ignoring or boycotting anyone. It’s just that I decided long ago that aside from using it to keep in touch with close friends and family Facebook wasn’t going to be for me.
I log on about once a week and spend a few minutes finding out about any family events or birthdays I need to know about and then get the hell off before I’m tempted to like or comment on anything and inadvertently end up feeding the data-hungry beast.
So if you were among those who sent me a request and I haven’t responded I just want you to know, it’s not you – it’s me 😉
And it goes back to way before the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Back in 2014 I first noticed to what levels these greedy mofos would stoop with our data. It was a couple of weeks before my 5oth birthday and I started seeing ads in my feed reminding me that men my age should think about having regular colonoscopies. Really Facebook? You want to talk to me about shoving cameras up my butt? Well, low and behold there was an ad for a convenient nearby private clinic I could go to have it done with no waiting!
I realize that some may actually find this convenient, but to me it was intrusive beyond words.
From that point on I stripped all of my data from the site and frankly I don’t know what’s keeping me from just closing the account completely.
The point of my point is: While I do love to interact with a wide variety of individuals from all over the globe on any number of topics – it just won’t be on Facebook.