I finally did it. I deleted my Facebook account. New York Times had an article about this [link]. A little bit of effort and some waiting and I got it done. I am now permanently out of the house of Facebook.
For those interested, the process involves deleting all your content and then writing to Facebook support to delete the account. In my case, I got an email back in a day and a half from Facebook support confirming that they had deleted my account.
I found Facebook to be a drain on my time without commensurate benefits. This may be specific to me but Facebook did not do it for me. I don’t need a platform or podium – this blog serves that purpose and I also write on the Gridstone blog. My social network is in the real world and on my IIT and IIM batch social networks on Ning. In my opinion, Ning does a better job and gives the group more control over their experience. And LinkedIn does a fine job on professional networking.
My Facebook network was turning out to be largely a subset of my LinkedIn network. Almost every ‘friend’ request on Facebook was from someone who was linked to me on LinkedIn. Accepting friend requests was therefore a near 100% waste of time. On top of that there were these Facebook app requests. Damned if you respond to them, damned if you don’t. Facebook was never the right thing for me. Maybe it isn’t meant for regular business types over 40. Maybe I just don’t get it.
Facebook claims that on any given day people requesting reactivation of their accounts is roughly half the number of people requesting deletion of their accounts. Well, this account holder isn’t going back. That’s for sure.