I threatened to do this a few months ago, and today I decided enough was enough. I deactivated my Facebook account. The last straw was the inappropriate advertisement that popped up when viewing my friend’s profile page. Since there’s no way to either turn off ads or filter the ads that show up, I’m finished with Facebook.
If you’re keeping score at home, here are the key reasons I’m saying goodbye:
- I don’t want to be a pirate or a ninja. And, I don’t want to deal with the endless invitations to use Facebook applications. When I want an application, I’ll go find it. There isn’t an option to turn off application invitations.
- I’m not going to attend your event if you invite me through Facebook. It’s annoying. And, I’m tired of having to go through the process of removing event invitations. Again, there’s not a way to block event invitations. You can turn off notifications, but you can’t block invites.
- I don’t need another inbox to manage. I already have work email and private email and blog email. I don’t need Facebook email on top of that.
- I don’t like to be poked or superpoked. That’s just wrong.
- I’m not interested in viewing inappropriate ads. I understand the need to monetize the site, but there should be a way to filter the ads that hit my profile.
In the mean time, go poke your friends.