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I have Finally left FaceBook/Meta

I think, I have finally left Facebook, instagram, messenger, Meta.

I say, I think, because I’m not 100% sure because I don’t want to get dragged back in by checking.

As I have left, Facebook are not interested in me anymore and so can’t be bothered to send me an email confirming that they have closed down my accounts. I have to infer that.

That process can leave you itching to know – to just go back and check – I bet they would, maybe, just manage to find my old accounts somewhere and resurrect them if I really wanted – no bother!

Leaving Facebook is a bit like giving up an addictive drug that has become part of daily life. Giving it up leave a hole in your life. How big the hole is depend on how big a user you are – strange… the same language too!

You can’t go cold turkey. They make you hang around for a month to consider what a naughty user you are for leaving them and to think about all you are missing.

The first steps of a distant acquaintance’s baby – what they had for breakfast. Who’s in a significant relationship with who and… what happened to that person from school? Stalking with no consequences. So hard to give up.

So many likes and “friends”. In real life we can’t manage too many friends. The time spent managing Facebook friends takes away from keeping up real, live relationships.

I’m glad I’m not the only crazy person out there worried about Facebook/Meta. I listened to an interesting program from the BBC world Service this morning – What is the metaverse and why is Facebook so obsessed with it?

I came away with a wonderful, uplifting (to me) quote from Verity McIntosh, Senior Lecturer in Virtual and Extended Realities at the University of West England.

She explained how Meta is just a smokescreen to draw our attention away from the fact that Facebook is not doing the job it should be doing – building trust and eliminating hate. Meta only care about their investors and the money that is to be made from the next iteration of the internet.

They are, says Harriet,

“… panning for gold in the rivers of of all our lives.”

I have left Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

I have managed to avoid WhatsApp, though I am kept informed of family stuff through my wife’s account – which is sort of cheating, I suppose, but I’m not going to force my views on her.

And what are my views?

I think Facebook, and its other social media apps, present an existential threat to humanity. When I say it or write it like that, I guess I sound like a crazy guy shouting on the street corner. So be it.

I was very early on the internet and all the predictions I made, that people said I was crazy for – YouTube, e-commerce, podcasting and much more – have all come about and all those nay-sayers are happily using the internet like it was always there.

I feel like I’m ahead of the curve again.

It’s not just that Facebook can sway elections and stir up genocidal conflict, it is the stated intent to develop a metaverse that alarms me. That sounds like a fascist state to me, and probably the early stages of the corporate wars to come – countries can easily become irrelevant.

When you watch Star Wars and wonder where the Emperor Palpatine came from and how a Galactic Empire ever came about – the seeds are being sown today at Facebook.

When, one day, Facebook swallows one of the space cowboys – amazon/Blue Origin or Space-Ex/Tesla, that will be the beginning of a Galactic Empire. Google or Apple will do the same and we’ll be facing a major catastrophe.

That is, if Facebook doesn’t control the internet first and then finds itself vulnerable to attack – a monoculture like Facebook would be very vulnerable. as we saw a few weeks ago when it went down. To many around the world, Facebook already IS the internet.

So, I have left Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.

They have done very little for me in the past and I never really look at Facebook, just post automatically.

It’s not easy to leave. They guilt trip you all the way, through many stages. And then, when you have finally committed, they park your account for a month – just in case you change your mind. That’s so easy to do – I know I tried to leave before.

So I haven’t really left yet – my accounts are sat in limbo, while I sit and think about what a naughty boy I am and maybe have a change of mind.

Not this time!

I’ll let you know when it really happens.

Added later: I can’t believe that Facebook should be so crass as to change the main company name to META today. It says it all to me.

Time to give up my facebook page?

In that way that Facebook doles out stuff, my eye was caught by this link. I followed it and read it and agreed.

I’m so fed up with Facebook telling me – of every post or Instagram upload – that my post is doing 90% better than my average post and others who boost similar posts are doing even better. Why would I pay $10 to boost a photo of a robin eating at my bird table. Do they think I’m that desperate? Are others really that desperate?

This article has made me realise just how bad Facebook is. It earns squillions from the sweat of creative people and gives nothing back, hiding behind its algorithms and maintaining the lie that it is a platform and not a publisher.

If Facebook is a platform, then allow me access to my audience. If I make original content that drives eyeballs to your advertising then let me have a share of the proceeds.

I have hardly created any content for Facebook, because I never really felt a good reason to, other than I felt I the siren cry of, ‘You Gotta be on Facebook or die.’  Well, I think it’s time creatives woke up and smelled the coffee.  Creatives should drop Facebook like the nasty piece of fake news dirt that it has become.

Remember how to search and find exciting new stuff? Remember what it was like to tell your friends about it at the water Cooler? Don’t just sit and scroll through your feed and accept whatever crap someone else’s algorithm decides you should read today.

go out and look for something, don’t let Facebook feed you low calorie, claikbait trash. It won’t be good for you in the long run!