I Deleted My Facebook Account
For quite a few years now I have really really wanted to delete all of my Facebook accounts. I never really want to post anything there, and when I have time to be on social media, I usually turn my attention to Instagram instead.
And yet I never actually did delete it, and here are some of the reasons why, I think:
I use Messenger alot, and thought the two were inseperable.
I like being a part of the 2nd hand buy/sale groups
Facebook has fooled me into believing that I can't run my business without them.
I have built up quite a considerable number of followers on my (wedding) photography page over the years.
Here's why I don't particularly like Facebook:
Lately I have found Facebook to bring out the worst in people, that it quickly turns into a very dark nasty place as soon as the chance appears. On Instagram I have only found likeminded, kind peers (except for the occasional creepy dm from strange men that I just instantly ignore and block).
I don't like how they conduct business nor their lack of transparency and communication. (and yes I realise the irony of all of this considering that FB own IG)
My feed on Facebook seems to mainly consist of content created elsewhere. People are mainly sharing other people's images, articles, and videos. And I have started to do the same. I love seeing lots of inspiring original content on Instagram.
Then I listened to this episode of the Being Boss podcast and it just highlighted the silliness of why I was so scared to leave that online "community"
When I clicked the buttton to finally start the delete process I immediately felt a HUGE relief. It was done! That continued into the next day, although I was a little bit annoyed that I wouldn't be able to put some things online for sale in the usual group. But I let go of the feeling and delivered the things to our local Red Cross shop instead.
But... on day three, my frustration began to grow. Suddenly I could not access my Pinterest account! And then it dawned on me exactly how many accounts I had set up in various places online, by just clicking the sign up with facebook button. I was screwed now, in so many places I normally don't even think twice about. So stupid of me to not deal with all those accounts before cancelling. After much going back and forth and trouble shooting, this issue was finally resolved.
Then I lost my location tag for Sigridsminde on Instagram because of course that too was made in Facebook. I still haven't figured out if there are other ways to create location tags.
Now another week has passed, and the same number of clients as usual still seem to find me, I figured out how to still communicate with my friends on Messenger without my Facebook account and I have to admit that I have almost already happily forgotten that Facebook even exists. The point is I think, that despite a few kinks that needed to be worked out, leaving Facebook was in no way that undefined "disaster" I had somehow convinced myself it would be. And I look forward to having a little more time every day to spend in my real life.
Do you have a facebook account? If so do you have it for yourself or primarily because you have a business of some kind? Have you ever thought about deleting it or do you love Facebook?