• What is ironic is that by pointing out that Facebook is exploiting the three a's "You are playing with humanity's need for attention, acceptance and accomplishment (the three evil a's) " I am also in a way attempting to get attention, acceptance and accomplishment. Oh well, I guess the best art hides itself. ;)

Dear Facebook

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Dear Facebook,

I am doing something drastic this night, July 10, 2011. I am un-friending you. My account will be deleted after I post this as my last update. I will take a screenshot to memorialize this moment of freedom and keep it on my forevercatalog.com site, where I am going to keep things that I think the future will find interesting (a future beyond all of our lifetimes).

Why am I doing such a thing? Honestly, I have nothing against you, we have had a great relationship, for the most part. Until you started asking for more and more control, hiding your true intentions while sharing my info behind my back to strangers.

I understand this can happen anywhere on the internet, but I thought our relationship was special, and I Trusted you. What's more, you haven't done what I have repeatedly asked: add a 'dislike' button.

You have reduced users' lives to neat status updates and banal sharing of links and clever bits of 1's and 0's in the hopes of getting 'likes'. You are playing with humanity's need for attention, acceptance and accomplishment (the three evil a's) and I am sick of playing the game in your arena.

What have you given me besides cheap clicks and a few LOLCATS laughs mixed in with pictures of people's babies, 'clever' updates by my friends and acquaintances and a giant time suck of my precious hours in the day? It sickens me how much time I have wasted.

So now, I am moving to google+ for now since it simply lets me post to different groups and gets out of the way for everything else. This may eventually go away as well if it ends up being Facebook 2.0.

If you want to get in touch with me, I am always an email away, james@eventualfuture.com. I am sorry things didn't turn out but I feel this is necessary for me to keep my humanity from seeping into little status boxes and I can only hope that other people begin to realize how much of tools they are becoming to their own creations. To the rest of you I plead -- get out of here, breathe for God's sake, and have faith in a post-attention creative society of makers and collaborators instead of selfish fat-ass consumer-driven society that promotes duping your neighbor to make a buck. I don't have any answers, but I know we can do better than this (shame on you Zuckerberg for turning this into a monster).

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  1. JAMES ANTHONY CAMPBELL 45 months ago | reply

    I know I am just 1 out of 70 billion dollars worth of users, but I had to do something.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  2. MarcoLaCivita 45 months ago | reply

    I can't share the original post in FB, can I? ;)

  3. Andy-J- 45 months ago | reply

    I'm also leaving FB. It's a trend.

  4. Dariyn Campbell 45 months ago | reply

    freedom......bravo...and you are so young to see the con......

  5. erin m 45 months ago | reply

    it's neat that you just did this now, because I've been contemplating the same thing. There's something I don't like about facebook, and I'm not leaving until I completely sort it out in my head, but all I know for now is that when I log on, spend some time there, and then close the tab, I feel worse about myself and the world than I would if I'd just stayed away.

  6. Robert-Paul Jansen // byjansen.com 45 months ago | reply

    I had the exact same thing, so I deleted my account last week. Felt good after I did it. I do not longer want to be on a site I don't like. I rather spend more time on the things I do like..

  7. JAMES ANTHONY CAMPBELL 44 months ago | reply

    Good for you Robert. Facebook is evil.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. Skyler827 41 months ago | reply

    Until Diaspora catches on, Facebook will still rule. We need to promote diaspora! Free software, free society! support open source when possible and pirating otherwise!

  9. Bojan Land 29 months ago | reply

    You know I've realized something while reading your post, something that must have skipped over your brain cells somehow. You are blaming Facebook for the activities of your friends. You say you're going to Google+ yet you say you don't want your life reduced to a mere status update, but doesn't Google+ also use status updates? You wrote "post-attention creative society of makers and collaborators instead of selfish fat-ass consumer-driven society that promotes duping your neighbor to make a buck"... seems like your friends were toxic, and posted crap about each other, posted only lolcats as you say, and nothing of any substance! Some friends you surrounded yourself with.

    My friends don't post mere lolcats. They don't "promote duping your neighbor to make a buck". My friends post things that interest me very much. One friend is a little boy who is actively training at tennis, and keeps me up to date on how many tournaments he wins. Since he lives across the ocean, I could NEVER keep in touch with him with that much detail without a service such as Facebook. My other friend lives in yet another part of the world, and works with computers just like I do. Thanks to Facebook I get to find out what her favourite musicians are, when she gets new furniture and pictures of her new place, and then I know what to get her for Christmas! Kinda like being next door neighbours. Without Facebook I'd have no clue that she likes a certain band, or not to get her something red because it will clash with her furniture. These sorts of things are important, they make friendships awesome.

    Your decision to leave Facebook is fine. But I hope you realize it has nothing to do with the company itself, and everything to do with the people who were appearing on your news feed. It's really a tragedy that you blame a company for the actions of your "friends". Kinda like a smoker blaming the doctor who tells him he's got cancer.

  10. JAMES ANTHONY CAMPBELL 29 months ago | reply

    Good points. Totally agree that it was an issue with news feed items as one of my main complaints. But my other complaints about not having a 'dislike' button and others are definitely about how Facebook has built it's environment. To a large extent, the way a system is designed dictates how it is used. Facebook could have / should build their environment to foster a better online ecosystem.

  11. Balu Ertl 19 months ago | reply

    For me the step-by-step process of leaving was like that: 1) Always rejected the friend requests from obviuosly fake accounts. 2) Then one day erased the not-so-close friends from my contacts. 3) During the years continuously banned the unwanted notifications from foreign apps. 4) When some of my pals started bombing with event invitations by marketing-purpose, then banned them one-by-one also. 5) After a month got fed up with the messy wall and unsubscribed from all my friends. I used it only as a phonebook, nothing else. 6) Then Facebook hidden the e-mail addresses, so that purpose was lost also. 7) Then Snowden brought the NSA-scandal...

  12. April Jones1 18 months ago | reply

    This is the first time i mad me one of these and i is great

  13. Grenville Guys 17 months ago | reply

    Good for you! I happily left a couple of years ago - it's much nicer to visit, phone or e-mail actually friends ( and not virtual 'aquaintences ). Of course, not trust FB ( "F@#$%^ Bastards" ), I slowly deleted every post, every photos and every LIKE before leaving. Now I get the odd misuse of my photos here posted to FB without my permission and the referral links are a dead end so I can't make a specific complaint to them ( but that's another topic ).

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