The Final Straw

English: Picture of notebook screen with Faceb...

English: Picture of notebook screen with Facebook and Firefox. Česky: Fotka notebooku s otevřeným Facebook v prohlížeči Firefox. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facebook finally did it. I’ve dealt with enough glitches and this one was one too many. I’m usually a patient person, but there are some things I cannot stand.

For those of you who have seen my mini rant, (and for those who missed it but got to see this), I’m done with Facebook.  I’ll be on in a few days to start the process of deleting my account.

It isn’t just about the glitches as it takes a lot for me to finally give up on a company, in particularly one that has a lot of potential and can be quite useful. It’s the easily hijacked accounts, the censorship, and the uneasy feeling that too many websites require too much info from Facebook when you sign in.

The fact that you can’t have a pseudonym to sign onto other sites drives me crazy. I don’t troll people (as some would assume that would be why someone wouldn’t want to be known), but it would be nice if my entire name didn’t appear on every single post.

In fact, “Nancie” would suffice for me, but there are many people, who aren’t comfortable with using their full name, posting some common sense on a controversial site. Controversial sites are notorious for people who completely go berserk when someone disagrees with them.  If you have never been on a Controversial site, just go read some news sites on some controversial stories.

Keep in mind; this is not limited to only one side of the controversy. I’ve seen crazies on both sides of the fence – as well as those who stand ON the fence or want to eliminate the fence altogether. There are times you do not want the link to your Facebook account visible.

Then there are the glitches. Under normal circumstances, glitches aren’t that troublesome. They’re more like a pebble in your sandal. If you are having a decent day, you just shake it out and move on. If you have had a rotten day, chances are, if you curse, that would be the time you would probably eliminate all non-offensive words from your vocabulary. You would probably consider swearing off Sandals altogether.

Well, I’ve been “glitched” into finally abandoning Facebook. For some reason, I could not close the Facebook tab.  Facebook is the only time I have the problem. I know it doesn’t seem much (pebble in a sandal), but other problems have been occurring that has been grating on my nerves. Besides the privacy issue I had mentioned above, I have a problem on how they handle changes, as countless of times I had to reset my privacy settings to exclude a certain group of people from some personal information, only to give up as they’ll probably find a way to get it anyway.

Just a FYI: Don’t be too paranoid if you think you were part of “a certain group of people”.  The “certain group of people” was just a group I would put random new friends in, at least until I was sure that they weren’t trolls.  No matter, I no longer have that policy.

Then some people I know had been deny access to their own Facebook page – for posting their opinion. While I hold libertarian philosophies, including the right to do what you want with your own property, I also have a right to object to such things. Facebook technically has a right to censor what anyone posts and to delete your account without any notice. I also have a right to not to do business with them.

Actually, because of the fact that the censorship was happening and they decided to claim your property as their own (Facebook has changed the ownership policy, I think), I had already started to limit my time and what I post on there.

The glitch finally put the last nail in that coffin.

So now, my communication is here. If you want to know what is happening in my life, this is where to check. I will be blogging more frequently and I will have the kids join in from time to time.

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6 thoughts on “The Final Straw

    • Yeah, I have been using Google+ instead, but now I have to convince my family friends to change over. Quite a daunting task as most rather stay put.

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  2. Hey Nan, just read what you wrote & I agree. I have to admit that I get tired of Facebook all the time, it’s to the point that I don’t usually get on til in the evening most times. But I did bookmark this so I’ll be able to find you again. I also have a google+ account,. but am rarely on it as most of my friends are on FB. I’m w/ya, if they’d all go over to google, I’d leave FB entirely. I’d love to leave it. Will miss seeing you on there, but I do understand. May try to get over to + a little more often since your there. Will try. Love ya & God bless. <3

    • Sorry about the bulk message on FB, but every time I’m on there, I’ve been having serious lag. So I picked the people that I thought would care enough to be told. I tried getting on earlier to respond but the messages were not loading. Same problems as usual. I may try the Linux system tonight but I don’t want to have to use different computers just to visit different websites. It’s bad enough that I have to switch browsers on occasion.

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