Sunday, May 02, 2010

Why I deleted my Facebook Account


When I logged into FB this morning, I got a message informing me that all the information I had posted on my FB page was going to be linked to different pages. Meaning that, like it or not, my profile was going to be linked all over FB's servers. Which makes this the third time I've had to hunt around FB's page to find out how to stop them from making my information public. It's not that I have something to hide from the public, it's really just that I don't want the whole advertising world knowing everything about my likes and dislikes. And this is the only reason I can assume FB wants to make my information public. So, today, I deleted my FB account. I know that there is no such thing as digital privacy, but FB has just been more aggressive about trying to make information public when I want to keep it private. So, I'm done with FB.

This whole thing has really made me wonder whether or not it's possible to go online with even a modicum of privacy. I guess not... so do I just stop going online?

7 comments:

Carrie Babcock said...

YES!!! Does this mean you will be posting more on your blog? I am still not on facebook so I miss out on all the pictures and info people post there. Since facebook became so popular no one ever posts on their blogs anymore.

Joshua said...

Yeah, I think that'll be the case. I'm glad for it too, because what can you honestly say in 200 or so characters?

Tim and Deane said...

There you are! I was looking all over the internet for you. So happy to know where you've been hanging out. I love visiting your blog. So nice to know you are hanging out here again.

Your precious wife and daughter sent us the nicest note card. Still makes me smile to think of it.

Liga said...

Came to your blog to see if you left facebook. I agree there are some privacy problems, but I will miss your updates. I hope you family is well. Liga

Liga said...

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Joshua said...

Hey Liga! Yeah, apparently they reworked some of the ways they use data so I may consider returning. First, I'll wait to see if the changes are in fact any better, or if it's just new wrapping on the same old problem. I just can't see Mark Zuckerberg not trying to make as much money off of FB as he possibly can, and if that means selling as much info as he can to whomever will buy it, then I think that's what he'll do.

I do miss staying in touch with people though... sigh.

枫碎 said...

哈,对隐私看得很重啊~支持一下!