I have had several people ask me why I am leaving FB and after responding to a few of those emails, this popped up on FB:
I think it perfectly sums it up!
While I was hoping there would be people who still wanted to keep in contact with me post-FB breakup, I certainly was not expecting so much contact information in such a short period of time! Part of the reason being, I thought it would take me a lot longer then it has to whittle my friends list down (the other being that not everyone is on FB every day).
I sent out my contact information in a private message followed by deleting the friends I had just sent the message to. I did this in batches of about 30 people at a time and was shocked how quickly I had gotten through about 150 people on my friends list last night. To ensure I was not sending the message to the same person more then once, I would do a screenshot of who I was sending the message to and cross them off as I unfriended them.
I have to admit that I expected to be getting contact information for other online services (as opposed to cell phone numbers). The benefit of cell phones over online service’s: I don’t need an internet connection to connect with people! I have been known to just randomly text people to tell them I was thinking about them and now I have a larger list of contacts with which to do this.
I had no idea until I finally upgraded to a (dataless) smart phone just over two years ago, that you can text anywhere in Canada for the same price as somebody local! The great thing about this, is that I can now keep in contact with friends back home (both in the Greater Vancouver area and Vancouver Island) with service that is included free with my cell phone plan.
Because my phone is Android, I have been adding all the contact information I have been receiving into my Google Contacts and attempting to sync that with my cell phone. I think I might have it figured out and have my fingers crossed that I don’t lose any information in the process of syncing data between the two of them. I have been scared to touch the syncing features since the last time I changed something and lost my entire phone book.
As I head to bed tonight, my friends list sits at 21. All of which is family except for four people. I took care of the need for a FB account for work by registering one for the office today and need to work on “liking” the pages I would share information from, onto the page I manage for work. There are a few of the pages I will need to find another way of following such as subscribing to their blogs which reminds me I need to find a Google Reader replacement.
I think the next biggest task in my FB breakup, is going to be getting recipes and photos off that I want. Then I will feel comfortable with closing my account on May the 7th.
Already, life is a lot quieter.
Since my last trip home to visit my family, I have felt the desire to burst through my skin and push forward with my life. I have so much I want to do, so much I want to accomplish, so, so much desire to be in a certain place in my life but I really need to pull up my socks, tie up my shoes and start walking the walk.
I have been putting serious thought into de-activating my FB account the past couple of months. Besides sleep and work, I believe that most of my time is spent on FB mindlessly doing SFA (that’s sweet f*ck all).
“Friendships” on FB feel superficial and as though you are just sitting there watching people’s lives go on without ever really being a part of it other then liking and/or commenting on photos of their kids, dogs and vacations (all of which has somehow made a kid a billionaire). I was talking to my partner about it last night and as I said to her:
FaceBook certainly is not helping me to live a holistic lifestyle!
Last night, was the first time I had actually started the process of getting myself off of FB and this morning I will set a deadline of May 7th with the significance being that my partner heads down to SFU to start teaching for the Summer after I have an extra long weekend.
My hopes are the domino effect starting next weekend for getting back on track with my Dreamboard Goals which includes getting back into blogging and photography on a regular basis. FB is in no way, shape or form helping me to achieve my goals and a huge distraction from them – so, it’s got to go.
I have started up a list of several ways people can stay in contact with me after I close down my account that I will send out to people as I whittle down my friends list so I know they have the contact information. Whether they chose to stay in contact by one of those means is up to them.
The next big time suck in my life is TV. Not that I watch it much but it is on most of the time I am my laptop. We are finally getting a PVR box which means my life won’t be ruled by a TV schedule and I can watch the shows I want to watch, when I want to watch them which will mean when I just need to chill out on the futon.
With that, I need to figure out how to consolidate my Hotmail accounts (MSN Messenger) with Skype which is apparently replacing MSN Messenger. And how to deal with needing FB for work which will probably just mean registering an account for the office.
Sorry FaceBook, we are breaking up. I am packing up my boxes and moving on because our relationships is not healthy, holistic or productive.