The whole world wants to tell us on Twitter and even on Facebook itself why they are leaving facebook and why the changes they made this week suck even worse than the last changes. But there are better reasons for leaving any service than that surely?
When I first used facebook, I kinda liked it. It was a handy way to keep in touch with people I knew back ‘home’ in Ireland or people I used to work with but didn’t see too often anymore. But when I discovered Twitter came along and the Zuck and his minions started to turn Facebook into a Westfield for “Social”.
I’ve previously written about Facebook’s Customer Experience failures and the sentiments people express in criticisms of Facebook’s changes to its site or its permissions. I suppose by now I shouldn’t be surprised that every time they make changes, that there’ll be impassioned memories of why they should just return to when it was “better”.
These days I look on Facebook’s design changes and Privacy woes with the tired eyes of someone who neither cares about the changes nor worries about their privacy – that much.
So while the SMEG’s have been looking for ways to get a store in Zuck’s Online Mall and the Facebooker’s were clamouring to spend their personality like the currency Lowy’s tenants are after, I was locking down my account and moving elsewhere. I had realised that I didn’t want to be a tiny percentage of the overall Facebook product.
Thinking now, I could’ve written this post as a tweet. Oh I did:
But first I have to remind them they can get me somewhere else and there is still an online and real world where we can communicate which doesn’t involve selling yourself to a company like Facebook first.