I finally cut ties with Facebook.
The idea of Facebook is not supported by my core values. What I thought was newsworthy and important was not reflected in my News Feed. I realized the people I respected–creators, makers, builders, writers, artists–did not spend time on Facebook. But I’ve known this for awhile.
For years, I let trifling interests and thoughts of people I never see or talk to, ads for brands I despise, “best of” and “top 21″ lists, and quickly written pop-culture articles consume a lot of my time. I stopped doing my thing, I stopped creating and writing–no new posts here in 12 months, and very little personal writing.
Facebook conditioned us to think that we needed it to be social, but I rarely went to Facebook events. My social life revolves around real-life, word-of-mouth interactions plus texts, emails, and phone calls. Facebook isn’t necessary, get rid of it before your activity is public forever.
- DATA: There are different scripts and apps to download all your data from Facebook, including Facebook itself. Use an If This Then That script to push all new photos you are tagged in to a Flickr account.
- DELETE: It was incredibly time-consuming to get my activity off Facebook, and Facebook was very unhappy about it. I tried several scripts, but nothing worked except a Chrome extension called “Delete My Timeline“. It removed around 3/4 of my posts, the rest I deleted by hand. Old posts can be hidden permanently. Towards the end, Facebook shut down; old posts didn’t load, some posts didn’t delete, Chrome crashed several times.
- DECIDE: I made my Facebook profile a landing page instead of deactivating or deleting my account. Facebook is here for a few more years. It is used to find people and information, and there is more than one Catherine Hofmann, unfortunately. Someone else made the password. It will be a pain to get back in, but it’s possible. If you want off entirely, it takes a couple of weeks to delete forever.
- MANAGE: I made a dummy account to access the Facebook business and non-profit pages I manage.