Leaving Facebook

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Dear friends,

How are you doing? I hope work is going well and you are able to enjoy
the summer.

Some of you noticed my Facebook status. I have strongly considered leaving Facebook for some time. A few friends have done the same recently, so I don’t feel completely alone on this. It has become a great distraction; at a time I am behind my PhD through recent (personal) events, I feel it is best avoided. I see why it has become so popular, especially among our age group. Those were whom it were focused on – students at university, as a way to connect. We have since completed our undergraduate degrees and I feel that many people likewise, use it less and less. I have found lately there is too much to filter through before I concern myself with the types of things I am interested in. I see Facebook as a great platform to share photos
and organise events. That was what Facebook mainly started doing, although in my opinion it has grown to such an extent it is out of control. Everybody these says seems to use it, especially as it does more than enable the sharing of photos and organising events…..and that is the problem. I find it worrying how we’re all sharing our personal information on one site. I have been a Facebook user since around 2005 and I have seen it develop so much (not necessarily for the better). There are so many applications and quizzes etc., that it is pure overload. It is easy to be sucked into all this without realising sometimes, but I find it is best to pull the plug. Some say it is a matter of self-control – perhaps. I have ensured I have the
contact details for all those who I still want to remain “connected” with (mostly here). I’ll take a much needed break from the site as I have deleted my account. I know I can find all these friends easily enough with the import features that are available. In time, perhaps I will start from scratch and keep to those I *really* want to be in touch with, more regularly. I don’t see any real disadvantage of e-mail and for now I want to keep it simple.

I guess many of you have won the poke war! ;p Please feel free to e-mail me on this address from now on.

All the very best,

Ryan x

Facebook rant

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It seems not a week goes by that I do not have to block some stupid Facebook application. Apparently everyone wants me to have a pet, be a vampire, receive a new type of bumper sticker, or support their cause. I am not totally innocent myself. I do join some Facebook apps and will invite friends, but I try to get people who might be interested.

The trouble with most of these applications is that they are cheaply made and highly buggy. I have some myself, a few I use daily, but they are quality made. They don’t randomly crash on me, and they do what they promise.

Facebook applications can be a great way for people to interact, show up some of the things they like, or integrate Facebook with third party programs like Twitter or Flickr. However, they are a dime a dozen and finding a good one is almost like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

I am all for social networking sites and the advancement of technology, but enough is enough. I cannot count the amount of vampire/werewolf invites I get. Not to mention many Facebook apps will send ad space to other cheaper-made apps. Then those apps will make you invite all of your friends before they work for you – not quite as bad now as it used to be.

I’m fed up of receiving stupid quizzes on my mini-feed. 99% of these I will hide or report as spam. I don’t need to say to everyone quite how bad these quizzes are in terms of their quality; bad spellings, repetitions and today I have seen rather offensive material as well. I’m not too bothered about certain “offensive” material, as much as any other person, but I just don’t think it’s acceptable by any means. In particular there should be a way off stopping ALL applications being posted on the minifeed if we so wish. If we want to take a quiz then we should know where to take it and not be spammed with this content continually.

Like I said before, not all of them are evil. There are days some of my friends and I will use Facebook bumper stickers as our primary form of communication. I used to have my Twitter update my Facebook status out of laziness.

So next time you want to send invites to all of your friends to join your vampire army or if you want to post a quiz result to the minifeed, ask yourself: “Do they really care?”

Rant over!