I want to quit Facebook permanently but I have not made up my mind. Ryan Block makes some good points about doing so too.
We’d all be much better off simplifying our technological footprints and consolidating our trust in the few services that provide us the greatest value with the fewest unintended side effects. In the end, I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m a quitter.
And you should be, too. People wondering what there is to gain by thinning their online accounts sometimes ask: “Why quit?” Instead, I think every once in a while we should all ask ourselves: “Why stay?”
I want to be a quitter. I’d rather reduce everything down to this blog, godavidstrong.com and iamdavidmoore.com and call it a day. The only thing holding me back is the convenience of it, and yet that is also what keeps me logging onto it. And so this is why I want to quit. Additionally, I find that it can inexplicably gobble up a lot of my time, stifles my creativity and pulls me away from devotion to reading books (digital or otherwise). I want to quit!
Like a smoker who says that he’ll quit soon, I never stop getting enough. And so I recognize a problem. It is time to put it away. Therefore the plan is to deactivate my account on February 1, 2013. I will give a notice to all of my dearest friends and then gone. While I am still deployed I will keep it active, but it must go.