Reasons why I don’t have Facebook

Facebook has over 900 million users [1] – I am not one of them! This is why:

Facebook: not the only method

I hear so many people asking one another to poke me, Facebook me and I have to say that I do not have a Facebook account. Sometimes I get a really shocked face, other times I get a really positive reaction, for example, some say that I must not be easily influenced by other people and things.

My traditional methods of communication help me stay in touch with my brilliant family, and close friends. I text, I email and I call people; although I am a texter at heart.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected [2]

I am a student (at University) of ICT – I embrace openness, connectivity, sharibility, freedom etc. But I do not believe in sharing my personal life with a company, namely Facebook. Did you know that your information, your life, your wall is being used for personalised marketing? I haven’t actually saw a Facebook wall, I haven’t even asked a relative (or friend) to log in, so I could see, in detail what these walls look like. I don’t intend to either.

Your life = Facebook gain

Facebook probably know when everybody gets paid, they can (probably) predict what you are going to do next summer. Did you ever go on a holiday and say you’d go back? Did you post that on Facebook? If so, they know you! They know just as much about you as your friends, and they don’t even know you!

Advertising is a massive industry. It is used everywhere, we even use it – our CV’s (or resume) is our own marketing tool for employers. Facebook abuse this power, claiming that it’s them being open. Now that’s one accurate mission statement!

Facebook’s power of knowledge

Facebook is now getting really clever, they are starting to use their content to predict and produce advertisments to all their users. Your free page is worth millions to Facebook – that’s why it’s given to you free of charge! They know that user’s will generate content, specific and personal content, they’ll index it, use it and produce it for financial means.

Anti-Facebook, not totally

I am, of course, a human being. So I know how important it is to share your life with those who are really close to you. I know that Facebook is a method of communication, for some, it is the only main method of communication. But all I am trying to get across to you, is to be careful as you embrace and use technology, it has its downfalls. The only piece of advice I can give a Facebooker is to look at your own privacy settings. Search yourself, use Google (another organisation I may let of some steam about on here, in the near future) to search your name, can you see from Google what you have been up to? If you can, so can everyone else on the web – including employers! Yes, your own marketing tool (your CV) can back fire!

In my life I have nothing to hide. So I definitely do not get my anti-Facebooknism to hide an element of who or what I am, but I do have some problems with where, who and what information is used for:

  • pay day – when do you go on a spending spree? Ah, every fourth Wednesday! Quick get X some Y adverts in two weeks time, they’ll buy this if we show them it enough. Better still give them these advertisements at 6pm, they log-in lots of times during this time of day
  • geographic location – did you know that X spends a lot of time writing about Y pub? They post and tag pictures of Z all the time. That’s great, we can pass these details on to see if that celebrity is really there in the photos, or better still, we need to turn our openness into criminal touts – we’ll pass your information onto third parties
  • hacking – with all this content, why don’t X hack Facebook to gain access to all this valuable information? Oh wait, I don’t want Faceleaks – what if my information gets into criminal hands, the wrong hands to prove that Facebook are not for connection and openness? Too late, I’m a regular user, I don’t think of these things! Look at J Assange and Wikileaks – he got (with help) lots of important, authoritive government data! Perhaps to ensure the world knew that he actually got the data.

I think you now know that I will not be signing up to Facebook anytime soon?! Share safe online, be safe online by knowing what you have to do as the user of technology – it is a big, big scary world, at times, but it’s often a fantastic world.

References

  1. http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22
  2. http://www.facebook.com/facebook/info
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20 thoughts on “Reasons why I don’t have Facebook

  1. I wish the privacy settings were better than what they are on Facebook. As of right now, I have to add someone as a friend, and approve something should I be tagged, but I noticed recently that if I tag someone else, then all their friends can see what I posted! I was less than impressed :/ although it wasn’t a big deal, I didn’t like thinking that if I tagged a friend in a photo, their 500 friends saw it as well.
    You really do have to be careful what you do, even if you have modified the settings!

  2. This is a valuable post. It highlights the pitfalls of not checking settings. You have to check settings for your devices and software on a regular basis. Facebook can change settings without your knowledge so I check regularly.

  3. I like this post so much and I think like you… I haven’t Facebook too. Enjoy the summer :D
    (Your blog is so interesting ;) and sorry if I have any mistake haha).

    • Thanks a lot for your kind comment. I’m glad you like my blog – that’s why I like to type :)

      Your English will be perfect, in no time! mantener el buen trabajo (that was supposed to be “keep up the good work” – as useful as the online translator’s are, they don’t always work, 100%)

    • Thanks again for checking out my older posts – much appreciated ;)

      PS, it’s good to know you’ve a friend who doesn’t have Facebook, and you were able to forward this to them without it :)

  4. Great post! I do FB with ‘worry thoughts’ going on now and again. When people say they don’t FB, my next question is, “Is there much difference than blogging?” Well, there is, having trouble trying to explain myself here. lol How about when we get awards and we are asked questions about ourselves? I guess everybody is different as I find some people share more than I would, and that is their privilege. What are your thoughts? Thanks. :)

  5. Great post about Facebook. Definitely a lot of pros and cons to consider. Do you already have a post on Facebook Image Crafting? It’s real and it’s making people depressed. Whenever I go on a social media break, I always feel so much better about myself because I’m not constantly comparing my life to the lives of others.

    Just a thought! Maybe you experienced this too…?

    -Gillian

    • I actually haven’t ever used Facebook. I’m totally outnumbered and content with this.
      That’s interesting that you take a break from social media and, as a result, you feel different when you do.
      Yet again, Gillian, I really appreciate your comment.
      Gerald

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