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jamesshelley
jamesshelley
Farewell Social Media jamesshelley.com
donovanwatts
donovanwatts

@jamesshelley bravo! I applaud your decision and appreciate your thoughtful post.

Ron
Ron

@jamesshelley My understanding is that FB still owns all your data and will continue to sell it to advertisers, but it will no longer show up on your home page there or on people's timelines. And you'll no longer be giving FB any new data. Do I have that right? As for email, I think a high percentage of email at one end or another of email traffic is a gmail account. So google will be able to continue to gather up all that stuff for their own revenue earning purposes. Right?

canion
canion

@jamesshelley Brilliant stuff. I'm out on the big social media companies as well, which I also blogged about.

andrewford
andrewford

@jamesshelley Congratulations on making such a brave decision. Hopefully will see a follow-up post from you in a month or two saying you have thrived in the absence of social media. Having examples of people who have successfully pulled the plug on social media will help others make the decision for themselves as well.

jamesshelley
jamesshelley

@donovanwatts Thanks Donovan!

jamesshelley
jamesshelley

@Ron The thought ran through my mind several times while watching the browser scripts work away: "I wonder if any of this is actually being deleted?" At this point, I feel its moot. It highlights the huge lack of accountability that these platforms have to their users. It also reiterates, to me at least, why I don't want to continue posting there in the future.

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jamesshelley
jamesshelley

@Ron As for email, I do understand that Gmail's market share (and nefarious data mining) are seemingly unavoidable. I manage and host my own email, but that doesn't mean Gmail doesn't have a shadow profile on me. For me, it's about doing everything I can do, and learning how to be content with that. My mantra: jamesshelley.com/2016/01/2...

jamesshelley
jamesshelley

@canion Thanks for sharing this post about your experience. All kinds of resonance here!

jamesshelley
jamesshelley

I also want to thank @manton and the micro.blog world for your indirect contribution to this decision: finding this 'social layer of the open web' became like the final 'reassurance' for me, I think, that leaving corporate platforms did not being 'alone' on the internet.

Ron
Ron

@jamesshelley Europe is clearly leading the way on privacy, regulating a lot more than here in the Land of the "Free." But if software is designed & written in secret, owned by private interests, and not subject to inspection by anyone else, what hope do we really have for true accountability? We're just gonna rely on Suckerberg to do what is right? How well has that been working? Fundamentally we have a computer system that knows no national boundaries. How can any local legislature regulate what operates far outside its own boundaries? Is there anyone really in charge here?

jamesshelley
jamesshelley

@Ron Agreed 100%. I think your comment highlights the joint imperative of getting digital literacy into education and legislation for digital transparency and protections for digital privacy on the political agenda...

vishae
vishae

@jamesshelley There is so much in this article that I agree with. You have succinctly described and gave reason to the feeling of disgust I feel towards Facebook.