I created my Facebook account as a graduate student when the site was only available to people with .edu email addresses.
The date was Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 1:16 a.m. EDT.
As my 10-year anniversary approaches, it won’t be a normal online day but one of a few things will happen:
- I will deactivate my account for an indeterminate period of time.
- I will take a sabbatical for an indeterminate period of time.
- I will only post milestones on my wall.
- I will do nothing with my wall and only comment on friends’ updates.
- I will share everything I do online to Facebook, turning it into a firehose similar to how FriendFeed operated.
I’ve had a love-hate relationship for years (here are three posts from 2009, 2010, and 2014, for starters) and this decade marker will transform my usage. I don’t know how. I’m leaning toward #2 for the short-term, maybe for a month or two; and then probably a hybrid of #3 and #4. What’s certain is there will be an observable change.
Several of the charted reasons apply to me but if I had to choose only one, the eighth is most apropos. Facebook bores me. If pictures speak a thousand words, Instagram is where my friends who I care about share the stuff that makes me smile, like, and comment. Everything else on the big F is, well, meaningless. My own content included.
As we approach May, I think my predominant online time will be centered around LinkedIn (for job searching), Twitter (for professional networking), and Instagram (for fun). Facebook? Blah.