I'm quitting Facey.
It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while now, and I'm finally taking the plunge (although it feels less like a dive into the unknown and more like the freedom of being unshackled).
I avoided Facey for a long time, proudly wearing the (imaginary) I-don't-use-Facey badge. But then I wanted to promote me business more and decided to setup a Facey page for it. A Facey business page requires a personal Facey account to manage it. I hid me personal account for the first few months, using it solely to manage me business page, but eventually started using me personal account to post things, like things, follow people, join groups, chat to family, etc.
But I don't really like it. So this post is to explain, to those who might be wondering why the sudden, and abrupt, decision, why I'm quitting Facey altogether. Me reasons are twofold:
Value (or lack thereof)¶
I've come to realise that Facey doesn't actually add any value to me life. I can sit on the computer or on me phone and scroll the endless sea of status updates, memes, photos, videos, news topics, advertisements, controversies, etc., etc., etc., and when I finish, have I actually accomplished anything? Do I feel better about me life? Am I happier, more calm or relaxed, have I spent more quality time with me family/mates, do I feel productive...? Generally, nah.
Facey simply doesn't add value to me life. The only two reasons I could reckon of for keeping me Facey account were for managing me business page, and keeping in touch with family on Messenger. However I decided that neither of these reasons was enough to keep me account (though I may setup a new, separate, private account to keep these going in future...).
Privacy (or lack thereof)¶
As a free and open-source enthusiast, where me data is stored and who controls it is important to me. This year I started using DuckDuckGo as me default search engine (instead of Google), and recently made a bunch of privacy-related changes to me smartphone (some of which I detailed in an earlier blog post, and some of which I've done since then (so maybe I need to write a follow-up post...)).
The information ya give to Facey (status updates, photos, account information, etc.) is nah longer ya own. Facey can, and will, use it for their own purposes and benefit. There was a particularly high-profile privacy scandal involving Facey earlier this year, and there have been others in the past. There will almost certainly be more in the future. Any one company or organisation who controls that much information about that many users is a recipe for disaster (or at the very least, a serious cause for concern).
I don't want others owning me data. So while it's not feasible to totally avoid using the products and services of companies like Facey and Google, I'm at least tryna minimise their collection and use of me personal information. And deleting me Facey account is a step in that direction.
Some will disagree with me decision, thinking me silly or paranoid. Some, hopefully, will be inspired to do the same and stop or minimise their use of Facey. But hopefully everyone who reads this will, at the very least, have a reckon about how they're spending their time online, and who they're ultimately giving their personal information to.
Finally, I'm not disappearing. Believe it or not, there's a life outside of Facey. I'll still be online (I work there for one thing), and will still be contactable through this website, me email, me business, etc.