I dumped Facebook a month ago in utter frustration with the time waste its news feed had become. I was missing important updates from friends, and the algorithm that “helpfully” arranges what one sees in the news feed would revert to most popular from most recent unpredictably.
Over at GeekWire, I explore what I’ve learned after 30 days of uncoupling the umbilical cord. Part of it is advice to others of what they should do if they stay with Facebook (archive content, and understand a fascinating study from Harvard’s Berkman Center on how few truly realize Facebook is messing with the news feed). Part of it what to expect if you decide to leave (resisting overt guilting and important checkboxes to notice in the process).
And, sadly, a major part of it is my realization that, a few days after I left Facebook, Twitter began to algorithmically mess with its timeline display, continuing social networking services’ move away from user control of what they see.
That “footsteps” observation? Just scan the comments. The reasons vary, but there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the time suck Facebook has become, which may not surprise those who have followed reports of Facebook’s declining reach and heavy filtering (neither of these are in my GeekWire column, but both are interesting views of the algorithmic impact on advertisers and news consumers). Formal deletion or deactivation of a Facebook profile is just one step individuals can take. Perhaps more common is simply not showing up as often — or at all.
Read, “Nuking Facebook: 30 days later, the fallout,” at GeekWire.