Oh dear

Coriander

And I was so smug. And I felt so free! Less than a week after I congratulated myself on being free from Facebook for a whole year, I find myself sucked back into its insidious blue-and-white vortex.

Earlier this week I signed up to a course of study and only after I had committed (and paid) did I learn that the Facebook Group component of the course was essential. Essential if I wanted any feedback whatsoever from the coach or other participants, that is. Which of course I do.

I took the night to think about it, and in the morning I admitted defeat, and dipped my toe back into the Facebook pond. To do it, I created a new email address so that Facebook couldn’t access my contacts, and created a private profile under a pseudonym and with a fake birthday.

And yet, within mere seconds of doing this – in fact while it was still all in progress – I received a friend request from someone who knew me. And then a bunch of “people you might know” suggestions of people who I did, indeed, know.

Facebook had insisted on a mobile number for me to confirm details, so I guess this is where that private information came from. I tried to delete the phone number but, so far, without success.

Ugh. Did I tell you how much I hate Facebook?

I’m going to stick with it for the duration of the course I’m doing, which ends just after the New Year, and then I’ll be gone again.

But if Facebook tells you I’m around (because it is a creepy stalker piece of software), please know that I’m not ignoring or rejecting you, I’m vigorously ignoring and rejecting Facebook.

Instead, come say hi to me on this blog, or on Instagram (or send me an email or write me a letter). I’d love to be your friend!

ps. In happier news, here is some information on my work in progress, a book about snail-mail! 

11 comments

  • Emily

    I saw a commercial over the weekend for Facebook – about how they are flying planes over areas without internet access (or something like that) because there are people who have to live without it. I wanted to scream at the TV – “there are people without clean water, in unsafe working conditions, or sold into slavery and the most important thing is THAT THEY DON’T HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT???”. It certainly helped eliminate that occasional feeling “but everyone has one!” that makes me thing I should jump back on the bandwagon. You can do this, Naomi! Be strong!

    • Naomi Bulger

      I can’t even. Talk about world domination! I just feel sad to be pushed back into this world I was so happy to leave… but I’m really excited about this course so will just grit my teeth for the next seven weeks. Kind of sours the experience, though.

  • Sharon

    You never fail to make me smile and punch the air with a ‘YESSS!’
    Onwards and upwards… my friend.
    PS : letter in post

  • Naomi Bulger

    I can’t even. Talk about world domination! I just feel sad to be pushed back into this world I was so happy to leave… but I’m really excited about this course so will just grit my teeth for the next seven weeks. Kind of sours the experience, though.

  • sandy

    Yey! I am so glad you feel the same way i do about Face Book, i have not had an account for many years now and i feel so liberated, i hate what it has turned into, we really don’t need it in our lives with so many other less intrusive ways to communicate :)

    • Naomi Bulger

      I agree! I feel sad that so many of us (me included for a long time) feel that Facebook is the only way to stay in touch with everyone. Human beings managed to stay in touch with the people they care about for millennia before social media. SURELY we haven’t lost all those skills!

  • Cynthia A.

    Can you say cookies? Those nephareous little gremlins that suck information from whatever device you are on. Best work around I’ve found is going incognito on a browser like chrome then logging onto Facebook. Hope the class is worth the FB headache.

  • Deb Baker

    Naomi good on you!! I’ve been so impressed with your efforts I recommended a couple of BWP girls to have a read of your recent post about your year off. FB really is a creepy piece of software and I wish I could get off. I must re-read your post for inspiration. It makes me so cranky that it was that quick at accessing your friends via a mobile phone number. Ggrrr!! I really hope you enjoy your course. I promise to stay in touch more regularly once this year is done and dusted. It has been my “annus horribilis”. Love to you. x

  • Mandy Holm

    I’d love to drop you a line and say ‘howdy.’ Do you have an address listed somewhere? =)

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