As of 2017, I have relented and now have a Facebook account after much escalating “consternation and concern” leveled at me about me not being reachable via Facebook. That said, I very sparingly use Facebook and have chosen not to install any of it’s corporation’s proprietary apps on my phone. Effectively, my Facebook profile exists only as a directory listing to point people, who may be looking for me, to find me here instead.
If you need to get a hold of me at short(er) notice, it’s probably better to either text or email me as there is usually weeks between me logging in to check Facebook messages.
My contact details are on my about page.
If you wish to follow online what I am up to, NUI.NZ is the place you should bookmark as that is my main personal homepage which serves as my primary point of presence on the web and the medium I choose to use as a central means of keeping in contact with Friends and Family both at home and abroad. (with this blog, KAHA, being the sub blog where I tend to place all my facebook-esque stuff). RSS feeds are available if you use an RSS Reader.
My reasons for not embracing Facebook? To be direct, I do not feel particularly comfortable with the way Facebook as a company have behaved and dare I say it, feel they have been acting in a way that is ultimately quite detrimental to society as a whole in the longer run. As a consequence, I personally don’t possess a lot of desire to support, encourage, nor otherwise reward their behavior through using any of their services.
Furthermore, a longer term concern I have is that we may be perhaps collectively relying too much on a single proprietary platform for the purposes of staying in contact with Friends and Family, subsequently giving Facebook as a single “for-profit” company too much concentrated power over our lives collectively, and is a concern that is particularly elevated as a result of Facebook’s ongoing track record of behaviour.
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
My own personal preference is to keep to Decentralized, inter-operable communication mediums and protocols where it is practical to do so (For example, Email, Phone, SMS,where user A on their choice of Provider can contact user B on on their choice of provider, no one single provider nor company owns the protocol)…
…This is in contrast to proprietary mediums (such as Facebook) which are entirely owned by a single corporation whose natural focus is to operate the platform in a way to maximize profits, often ahead of the concerns of their users (or the world at large), through making people spend as much time on their platform (causing addictions in a lot of people) and locking users in so it’s difficult to leave.