So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

Facebook, we're finished! You're not as fun as when we first met, you're overweight, you're complicated and you make managing my privacy a chore. I've spent years trying to make our relationship work but it all seems so one-sided now.

So long and thanks for all the fish...

It's all about the user experience (UX)

It all started out nicely, back in the day, long before you started to pester me with Farmville notifications. Then you began to make our relationship over-complicated, I liked you and I thought you liked me too but you wanted more. Facebook, you're just not a nice place to be anymore - the UX has gone out for me. The final straw came when you decided that my previous conversations with my friends (not yours) weren't worthy of being retrievable. This brought it home to me how fragile our relationship really is and made me begin to look for alternative places to maintain my relationships online.

I have an exit strategy

So, I'm leaving. But this doesn't mean I'm shutting down my account with you; no. I said I'm tired of you Facebook I didn't say I'm silly and I'm not about to cut my nose to spite my face. I do have friends that you've helped me get in contact with and who still very much like being around you Facebook - who am I to tell them where they should and shouldn't socialise? I'm not dumping them and I'm not about to sever my links with them, I'm simply attempting to move my conversations to the new love of my life, my blog.

Why did the dolphins leave?

’So Long And Thanks For All The Fish’ is the fourth book of in the "increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy" written by Douglas Adams. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when they departed planet Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspatial express route. Douglas Adams has remained my favourite author over the years so the title of his fourth book seemed a fitting parting message to my Wall on Facebook. However, Facebook, I realise that you're not about to blow-up, you've just had your day, we've had our time, it was fun while it lasted but it's time to split. We'll still stay in touch, we'll still be friends but just not in the way that you want.

I want to save my own conversations

One of the main reasons I’m going to begin blogging is so that I can take back some control and retain ownership of and access to my own conversations. I’m now all too aware that you, Facebook, or any social network for that matter can vapourise in an instant or make a snap judgement that means I can no longer get access to my converstions with friends.

Moving forward

Here’s the challenge. My friends like Facebook more than I do and it’s foolish to assume that they’ll stop using it in favour of a blog. However, even if they did we’d all still need you Facebook. The one thing that social networks have proven these past few years is that they’re fabulously good at being a central meeting point where links to other stuff (such as a blog) can be shared. Moving forward I’ll be using Facebook to let all and sundry know that there’s a new blog posting - this will also solve the issue of not liking to see a big rant in a Facebook status.

So. So long Facebook but not farewell, auf wiedersehen or even goodbye.

Steve Whiting avatarSteve Whiting30th November 1999
...and now Facebook breaks the return key!
When I'm done you may view my sauce.
Shazbot the Web Monkey avatarShazbot the Web Monkey9th February 2011
Ha! By hook or by crook, I'm the first not in your (face)book :@)

I do get your point - there's a lot of one way communication on Facebook; friends blurbing any old waffle on their status and not making much attempt at having a meaningful discussion.
Have I mentioned that I like a bit of Paul Weller now and then?
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