On Monday July 7th, 2008 I joined Facebook. There was nothing significant about that event, in fact if I remember correctly, it basically happened at gunpoint. I had heard all about social networking on the internet and it's inherent dangers and had forbade my children to join any of it. But trusted colleagues of mine began to suggest that Facebook would be ok for kids, if their parents were one of their online "friends". I reluctantly agreed and eventually created an account and just like that; BAM! I had one more chore to add to my list of things to do: log into Facebook once a day and spy on my children. But a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.
Little did I know then, that not only would I come to enjoy my time on the website, but I would eventually develop an entirely new section of gray matter in my brain, devoted solely to the purpose of communicating with the world via Facebook. In the morning, I turn on my computer and check my emails. Then I open up Facebook and leave it running throughout the day. Like a punctuation mark at the end of every chore, errand, or activity, I stop by my laptop and see what's happened while I was away. It's almost reflexive and definitely...pathetic.
But, I can do pathetic and I've done it for almost four years now. It's been great...until now. Now the makers of Facebook have introduced a new format called "Timeline" and I do not care for it at all. The designers of this new format completely missed the whole 'less is more' chapter at web design school and as luck would have it, I am all about simple.
So today, Thursday May 10th, 2012 I deleted my Facebook account. It's been interesting. More interesting than I expected. I didn't think I would hear anything about it, I didn't think anyone would really care. Maybe the response I've received to my announcement is just nice people saying nice things, but whatever the reason....sigh....it kind of melted my heart, just a little. So I have to say...thanks guys, you're the best 295 friends I've ever had! You can still read my blog and leave comments. No need to be a stranger.
P.S. The kids are taking wagers on how long I can stay off of Facebook. I'm placing my bet on an entire year, the kids are talking more in terms of weeks.