Not so long ago, I gave up Facebook.
I’m happy that I did it. I love being one of the non-Facebookers of the world. I love when someone asks me about Facebook to be able to say, ‘I’m not on Facebook.’ I don’t know why, but I love it.
And I thought I loved not having that looming thing that I had to check in on everyday but then I started using Twitter so that theory is out the window.
Let’s be clear here: I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO FACEBOOK.
However, neither do I like Twitter. In fact, I would definitely say that Facebook is the more appealing of the two. On Twitter, there is no interaction. None. Zero. I don’t like that. If I’m going to be posting things, I want feedback.
And, since getting off of Facebook, I’ve realized a couple of perks to it that I didn’t see before, including:
- Posting to ask for thoughts, recommendations, advice, etc… on Facebook, people actually give feedback, which is sometimes nice.
- If I needed to get urgent news across (i.e. my neighbor’s dog was lost or something), Facebook is an easy way to do it.
- My Recy Vintage page is there.
- Sometimes you can’t enter blog giveaways unless you ‘like’ them on Facebook, even really good ones.
- I have a lot of pictures there.
- My nephew is on there and if I’m on there too, I can keep up with whether he has a girlfriend or not.
- I know for certain of some information I’ve missed out on because I’m not on there anymore.
And, mainly, I have some friends there that I simply don’t feel close to now that I’m not on Facebook. Let’s take my best friend from childhood for example. I KNOW she is my friend and loves me but she is a busy Mom and her time is very limited and since I’m not on Facebook, I feel like we are never EVER in touch anymore and that stinks. So, while I had said that “those I want to hear news from are good enough friends to keep up with me somewhere besides Facebook”, I realize now that that is easier said than done, that sometimes Facebook is a handy outlet through which to keep up with people.
It pains me and I don’t like it (pun intended) but I am seriously considering going back to ye olde Facebook. I don’t want those friends there who are true friends but too busy to be in contact that constantly otherwise to fail because I refuse to be on Facebook, because I like to be able to tell folks that “I’m not on Facebook.”
I will be “unliking” all of the pages I’ve be on in the past and paring my friends list down to 75 people or less.
The break from it has taught me what the perks of it are and, even more importantly, it has shown the true purpose it serves for me. So, I will go back into it not just so I can have what everyone else has but to keep in touch, stay connected and interact with those I truly care about and want to be in touch with.
And that’s something I can hit the “like” button about.
Update: I reactivated and pared down to 58 friends. That’s more like it.