99 Days from Facebook

So this is my last post, or at least my last post that will be shared to Facebook for the next 99 Days.

You may have read about the 99 Days of Freedom project because of the recent news about Facebook’s social experiment with user moods. 99 Days started as a kind of protest about how people perceived they were being treated as Facebook’s guinea pigs but for me it struck a cord about how dependent I’ve become on Facebook as a platform.

The only way to see if Facebook is really adding daily value is to try something different. Tonight I posted my 99 Days page to my Facebook profile and logged out of my account. I’ve disconnected my Twitter feed from Facebook and will be doing the same for WordPress (after this post), Buffer and anything else that throws content up there. I won’t be using Facebook on my mobile devices as well.

Unfortunately Facebook doesn’t seem to have a “on vacation” responder for their Messenger app. Not sure if that means I should break my “fast” from time to time just to make sure people don’t think I’m ignoring them for three months. Hopefully everyone will remember to try me by SMS, Google Talk and Twitter DM.

See you (on Facebook) in 99 days!


Price Per User For WhatsApp (Business Insider)

Price Per User For WhatsApp (Business Insider)

Yes, by this measure it’s a bargain but you’re basically admitting to the market that you couldn’t have spent less than $19 billion to reproduce the same thing. I don’t get why a company that claims to be an innovator would ever send that signal.

“Sorry, we’re out of ideas here so we’re just going to go spend a bunch of your money. Hope you won’t mind.”

Why Facebook Timeline Is Made For Its Youngest Users

For many older users, myself included, it is doubtful that we will go back to the time before Facebook (for me, late 2004) to fill in the gaps on my Timeline. From talking to other people my age since the announcement, it seems more likely that people of our generation will sanitize stuff that resurfaces rather than adding more content to the stream. But for younger users, they don’t need to fill in any gaps — their Timeline is already more or less complete.

Nice opinion piece that captures something I was taking about at our Korrio exec team meeting this morning. For those of us that joined Facebook in our post-college years the idea of going back to “fill in the blanks” may not be that appealing. For younger users, including those who have grown up with the Internet, Facebook has been their constant and consistent companion. They’ve switched phones and schools, but Facebook has always been there collecting their thoughts, photos, accomplishments and events.