The other day I made a decision to end my social relationship with facebook. I changed my facebook status to "I am leaving facebook on the 26th of march". What happened next was strange. My friends begun first to ask me to stay and then to begin to virtually miss me. This further reinforced my desire to leave. My reasons are varied. The first being mainly for productivity reasons. You can waste alot of time on Facebook. My brother once said that "If the first thing you do in the morning is check your facebook, your fucked". I have to agree with him somewhat. I can't deny the pervasiveness and convienience of Facebook, it has totally revolutionised low touch, loose tie comunication. The culmination being the privitisation of the UK post office.
Facebook has and is all pervasive, this alone worries me and is my second reason for leaving. I can't complain about privacy, I put my stuff up on their servers. I guess my worry is where it will be in 5 years time. I think the story of man, the horse and the wolf can act as a good metaphor for my feelings.
"Imagine a forest in which there are humans, horses and wolves. The wolves attack and kill horses and are scared of humans. The horse is strong and easily scared and the human is weak and intellectually capable.
The human witnessing the horses plight, recognises the symbiotic opportunity. The horse would endow the human with strength and speed whilst the human protected from the horse from the wolves. They strike a deal to stick together until the threat of the wolf has disappeared. The relationship works perfectly for a hundred years or more. The human uses the horse and his strength to build a greater society. Eventually, the wolf, unable to attack and kill the horses dies out from hunger. Witnessing the demise of the wolf, the horse looks to the human and asks for him to climb down from his back. The human looks at the horse and shouts 'Gidde up nag!'"
I guess you can see the relevance of this story. The horse is us, the users, the rider is Facebook and the wolf is either inconvienience or fear of exclusion. It may not happen. I may be incorrect. According to the news just today that the government wants to take the contact details of users of the site. it can only be a matter of time before, well, it serves its ultimate purpose. Okay, so you may say....your so paranoid. Chill out! I quote Kurt cobain “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”.
But seriously guys - We are trading our privacy and ultimately ourselves for convienience and the ability to talk bollocks at a moments notice. I bid thee farewell facebook from friday 26th of March you have 1 less member!