Thinking of quitting FaceBook

I’m considering skipping FaceBook and starting to use Diaspora more frequently instead. Marshall McLuhan offers a relevant viewpoint (via SpaceCollective.org):

Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left. Leasing our eyes and ears and nerves to commercial interests is like handing over the common speech to a private corporation, or like giving the earth’s atmosphere to a company as a monopoly.

– Marshall McLuhan, 1964

4 Responses to Thinking of quitting FaceBook

  1. Sean Vernall 02.07.2011 at 16:53 #

    I have also been thinking about quitting facebook, possibly to join Google+ once all the bugs etc are worked out and it’s opened up to all. I hadn’t heard of Diaspora before but will certainly be checking it out. What’s your initial impressions of it?

    • Romi 09.07.2011 at 10:43 #

      Hi, thanks for commenting! Diaspora is still in alpha so it’s hard to tell what eventually will come out of it, but it looks promising. They might not take new testers at the moment, I got my account because I donated USD 25 a year ago when they started to collect money using Kickstarter. They aimed for USD 10,000 and got 200,000, so there was a lot of interest.
      The main thing for me is that I own my data if I’m on Diaspora, while I don’t have much control if I’m on Facebook. And you can set up your own ”Facebook” if you have a server, in Diaspora-speak you’re establishing a new pod.
      But because Diaspora still is in it’s early stages I probably will start to use Google+ instead of Facebook as soon as Google+ is out. I applied for an account the same day Google+ was announced, but so did probably a few million other people, so I guess I’ll stay on Facebook for a month or two until I get an invitation to Google+. The nice thing with a Google-based service is that I use 8-10 of Googles applications anyway, and having everything easily accessible within the same web application is convenient. And Google’s reputation is better than Facebook’s.

      • Sean Vernall 09.07.2011 at 12:35 #

        I too like the idea that everything can be in one place e.g. I can check my email, RSS reader, calendar etc. all from one central platform. However, I’m also starting to get some concerns over Google. For example, I’ve seen some screenshots showing the profile page and in there is the places I have lived module. This looks suspiciously like Google Maps and my concern is whether this will give others access to a streetview of your house. I also found out that Google recently made all profiles public and removed the option to make them private. Facbook has never done this, so it’s kinda making me think if Google+ does take off how much safer will it be?

        • Romi 23.07.2011 at 17:04 #

          Yeah, I guess one should follow privacy tips like these on Google +.
          And of course, nothing that you put on the net is totally secure if someone really wants your data – or money. Better not to have too much money, too much to hide or too many enemies!

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