Sarah: nice piece. However, I respectfully disagree that staying on Facebook is the solution, even if ignoring the platform. That’s because Facebook still harvests your data, spies on you and generally invades your online privacy with impunity, intentionally and recklessly — not to mention letting third party apps gain access to your data and personal information. And then there’s the hackers…I can go on.
That’s why I think a better solution is to quit Facebook altogether and do your best to delete your personal data on FB, to the extent possible and permissible.
Actually there’s an even better solution: Don’t join at all. Yes, I understand this is not feasible for over 2 billion users (suckers and “products” for FB abuse, respectfully). However, I am one of the rare few social media users who is proud to have never joined Facebook. I always sensed they were too much trouble from the start, as I’ve been consistently proven right time and time again. You know that saying: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. But fooling folks dozens of times over and over is more than foolish (for 15 years, no less).
As a communications consultant, I will create Facebook accounts for clients and use their existing personal or business accounts to leverage the platform. But I never opened my own personal account …ever— and I’m damn proud of it, regardless of how many baby pics I’m missing.