Monkey see, monkey do – Why not to delete you Facebook account?

Couple of years ago, I deleted my Facebook account.  I was a digital corpse.

I did not like it in Facebook. More precisely, I did not like the digital noise and the fact that everyone was shouting, but nobody was listening. Even with only couple of tens of Facebook friends you don’t really want to know what they are doing all the time. Of course, you can adjust your privacy settings and you can decide not to accept a friend invitation, but on what grounds would you want to reject somebody.

It is just too hard.

Now, a few years later, i find myself again with a Facebook account. Not because I want to have one, but because I noticed that I sometimes need one.  With the new account I have zero friends and I receive no invitations, because I have limited the friend requests to friends of friends.

I know that is weird.  I still expect people to email or call me, if they want to converse. I true fossil I am.

I don’t think Facebook is totally useless, but I think it has created a culture of pseudo-communication that is completely bogus.  And more importantly, it has created a monopoly; you have to have a Facebook account, otherwise you do not exist. Facebook owns you and it owns you data.

Who remembers Diaspora, that was going to be a rival to Facebook,  never heard of it?  Not many have, and it seems to have died away a long time ago. Google+ and other options are far behind Facebook in popularity and  they all fail to solve the basic problem: if you want to change your social platform provider, you have to abandon you data and your friends.

Well, I am not too paranoid about this, because I am sure things will change to the better. Things will change and you will be able to select you  social media provider and you will be able to govern you own data.
Who dare to develop the next step: social network without limits and with freedom to host your data wherever you want to.  Anyways, your data is yours, and you should be able to totally control it. You may be part of Big Data, but your data are Your Data.
I wonder, if digital suicide can have a traumatizing effect on you. In disconnected cyberspace, nobody will hear your scream.