Why I left Facebook

I deleted my facebook account today, though it will take fourteen days for the cancellation to become final.

[If you want to know how I did it, follow the simple instructions at WikiHow.]

If you really want to opt out, then it’s worth checking that link. Facebook don’t make it easy to permanently delete your account. Instead, they want you to deactivate. The data is still there,it just can’t be seen by anyone outside Facebook.

Don’t get the wrong impression. I didn’t leave because of privacy qualms. I’ve been online a decade and a half. My personal information is littered throughout the internet, from ancient usenet posts to obscure websites that are just a google search away.

A few years ago, I thought long and hard about my privacy. Finally, I decided there wasn’t much point in a professional website that didn’t have my address and phone number.

No, I deleted Facebook because I don’t see the point. Put my name in google, and the first page will show you five ways to get in touch with me. With all that information in the open, why waste time in a clunky closed garden that offers nothing except inane farm games?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.


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