Life in the Post-Facebook Epoch

Having closed down my presence on Facebook last spring on the occasion of their IPO, I have observed the following phenomena:

  1. My presence is not missed, my absence unnoticed.
  2. I have not missed any significant milestones or events and don’t feel guilted into sending “happy birthday!” greetings to some faintly remembered account executive at a digital b2b lead gen agency I met at a conference in 2008.
  3. I miss being able to lurk on the profiles of local criminals since running the names of local miscreants published in the court reports and police logs was a lot of fun, especially drunk home invaders with four prior DUI’s who list “PARTYING!” as one of their favorite Facebook activities.
  4. I use Google+ more
  5. I cheated and created a very generic John Smith account so I can do work research for clients when Facebook is concerned.

I still think Facebook is a pig on ice destined for the dustbin where Prodigy, AOL and CompuServe wound up.

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