I left Facebook a few weeks ago, and it’s a good thing I did. One thing Facebook does well is make it easy for non-technical people to socialize online, and it’s easy to meet new and interesting people. I miss that part of it.
I don’t miss Facebook’s insanely arbitrary moderation system. Or their whimsical screwing around with my settings. Or their inserting more and more ads into my timeline, or incessant begging for their paid services, or their shameless timeline manipulations that punish people for not buying all the crap they’re selling.
Most of all, I just can’t be part of Facebook’s mass privacy-invading data-mining and exploitation empire. Their sticky little fingers are poking into every corner of the Web. When you run a tool like Privacy Badger, it’s rather shocking to see how many sites allow Facebook trackers to spy on their visitors.
Facebook is a great example of how free-of-cost is too expensive. We’ve allowed marketers to take over the Web because we’re too cheap to pay for the content and services we like to use. As a result, advertisers are the real customers and we’re the product, and content and services inevitably devolve into marketing swill instead of cool stuff. She who pays the piper calls the tune.
Meatspace is pleasant. I am happy here, and so far the insatiable Great and Mighty Zuck has not found a way to invade it.