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Why I’ve Left Facebook for Google+ – Part 1

I've Moved to G+I’ve been on Google+ now and Twitter off and on as I’m working or to keep in touch with my very broad network of nearly 2,000 friends from conferences and others in my industry. I’ve had a Nexus 7 tablet for 2 weeks now and haven’t installed Facebook on it, connected to Facebook, or shared to Facebook. I’ve noticed a number of changes to my mind, friends, and network that I’ll share in later posts.

Over the past 24-36 months, I’ve considered leaving Facebook for one reason or another. It was usually because of one of the following annoyances to my daily life:

  • they changed something about the experience that was a change most of us didn’t like (things like Timeline or the activity stream in the sidebar)
  • they changed privacy settings that made everyone go change something to maintain their privacy
  • a tech story broke about employees leaving based on their conscience
  • The Social Network movie

I’ve read up on many privacy issues, seen their own CEO’s family leave to go work for other tech companies, including Google, and read many accounts about how peoples’ lives changed after cutting the cord. For me, it’s an overall mindset of what they are doing with our openness with each other and our willing and also unknowing sacrifice of personal information, coupled with lifestyle changes that have moved me enough to leave.

I decided to leave on July 15th when I was using the phone app and deleted all of the apps I’ve allowed to connect with Facebook after reading how they are really vulnerable to have my info (and who knows what they REALLY have access to on my computer). I went back into the Facebook app and found all 22 of them were still allowed! I read some more articles that day: here, here, here, and here.

I got quite the string of “what the heck, you moron?” comments from a number of people who were classified as “friends” on Facebook. Others were intrigued or wanted to know more, so I provided the links above. Some of my friends came over to Google+ or re-visited their accounts that they looked at last year and no one was there to play with. Believe you me, there are tons of people now – just not early adopters of technology. We saw the same thing with the decline of MySpace and climb of Facebook about six years ago.

I’ve agreed to not deactivate my account so Beautiful can “still be married” according to Facebook… but one day she’ll make the switch and not care what that little box says. Four years ago, she reluctantly joined Facebook while we were on vacation. I didn’t see much of her after that because she was busy finding hundreds of old friends. I’m confident that will happen all over again.

Who’s Feeling Adventurous?

I know quite a handful of you are already over there. I’ve got a pretty good collection of you in my CF-related circle, but you’re pretty dormant. Hit me up, add me to your circles, and we’ll start sharing stuff over there.

My next post will be about how I’m liking (or not) Google+ in quite a bit more detail than I’ve alluded to already.

I leave you with some things for your learning pleasure:

Comments

  1. The only reason I haven’t left FB is b/c I’m afraid of losing my entire network of ppl.  If there were a legit alternative, I would take it in a heartbeat.