Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why I don't have a Facebook account

I often get asked why no one can find me on Facebook. The answer is simple...
I DON'T HAVE A FACEBOOK PROFILE.

Why? Well the truth is that I use to have a very active account. However I noticed that as I added more and more "Friends" so the number of unwelcome activities started to increase, such as:

  1. Photos appearing on peoples pages with a tag against my name that I was not happy with (the photo that is).
  2. Inappropriate comments attached to photos.
  3. Various inappropriate comments on my "Wall".
Note: My version of inappropriate could be very different to yours but that in itself gives a clue as to my decision to delete my profile.

Quite simply I came to realise the lack of control I had over my own profile. My ability to execute my content (profile) was determined by external inputs often out of my control. Many would argue this is not a major deal and precautions can be taken and limits implemented, but for me it was a deal breaker.

At the end of the day it is a personal choice. There is even a possibility you came to this page through someone who posted the link using the Facebook Like button. Whilst that may sound hypocritical, I in no way doubt the power of Facebook from a marketing perspective, particularly the referral method of marketing. And as delighted as I am that you have visited my blog, through the mighty Facebook Like button, I have decided that as long as I cannot execute and control my profile, a Facebook page is not for me.

2 comments:

Sparrow said...

I find it highly ironic that right under this very enlightening post, you have an option bar to like your entry on various social networking sites.

Craig Padoa said...

Hi Sparrow

Thanks for your comment. Yep, this is precisely my point in the last paragraph. I never underestimate the power of Facebook as a marketing tool, and am delighted when anyone Likes my pages. However that said, "as I cannot execute and control my profile, a Facebook page is not for me."

Thanks for read.
Craig

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