Facebook (META, whatever) lost a large number of users recently. I’m joining them. I deactivated today.

Why did I decide to join those departing the META digital landfill? I don’t have control over the newsfeed as I should. I can’t stop reels (FB answer to TikTok) from showing up, I’m bombarded with the same suggesitons over and over. I’m sick of the “you can only keep two cereals from your childhood” password mining posts. I’m just done. I don’t have anything to add. I’m pretty much done with it all.

Facebook attempting to invoke the “Hotel California” routine – you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.

It’s not unlike a television station, with sloppy curation, pushing things at viewers and steering them toward what Facebook wants them to see. Be it political, marketing or something else, Zuck’s time suck needs eyeballs on screens, and who better to glue them there than your friends.

The whole “friends” concept is a loose cannon; it depends on how the user determines what constitutes a “friend.” It could be as flexible as someone with common interests or as strict as only people the user met in person.

Messenger, which has SMS by the balls, is the only value I see because the platform is usable on any device. Unfortunately, IMessage only works on i-devices and Macs; carrier-specific SMS doesn’t always have a desktop option, and it’s clunky usually if they do have it. Messenger serves the purpose if used standalone from Facebook.

I’m resigned to the fact that I have friends that use SMS, Messenger, Snapchat, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp… only one exclusively or a varying combination of the lot. That is just the way it is.

Is Facebook essential? I don’t think so. So sorry, Zuck, I’m joining the next million to leave your sinking ship.

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