Posts Tagged ‘diaspora’

Back on Facebook… ugh.

September 23, 2010 2 comments
U think u are not but are... trapped.

U think u are not but are... trapped.

I couldn’t make it.
On May 31st: The Quit Facebook Day arrived and around 38.000 people registered to let the world know they were quitting facebook.
With the Diaspora project launching, people saw a ray of hope. The possibility to gain back control over your personal information and finally be free!
I was one of those. After a lot of thinking I weighted all pros and cons of having facebook and decided to quit.
After a couple of months (4 to be exact) with my facebook account deactivated I wanted to check if my information was deleted. Rumor says that they will delete your account after a period of time if deactivated.
I logged in and guess what? My account was still there. Just like i left it. All pictures, videos, posts, commments… EVERYTHING was there. It was scary. What other company keeps all that information stored for so long!? usually they clean up the servers and are glad to have all those precious ressources back, but nowadays personal information is the most valuable asset. They wouldn’t want to give that up. So I gave in and decided to get back to the Facebook world.

I started by posting some crap (things that get posted there usually are only crap) and catching up with all my “friends” that are not friends enough to catch up over email or a phone call.

But what really made me realize how hard is it going to be, for any other social network to match or even try to get close to Facebook, is the integration of Facebook with the internet and the support it gets from Mobile devices.

I recently got an HTC Desire. I LOOOVE this phone. But i have to admit the fact that i like it so much is because the Google integration and how it interacts with Facebook which plays also an important role here. I am a heavy Google user. Gmail, gTalk, gMaps, Calendar and everything else. But this phone interacts so nicely with Facebook that if you don’t have Facebook you are missing out some really nice features.

Yet again the question, how much do you really need these features. But they are for sure, nice to have.

Bottom line: Facebook took over the world and there is little we can do to stop it. Its fun tho. I am enjoying FB again.



A month without Facebook

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

These last 30 days I have been Facebook-free. It is actually a nice feeling to say “I’m not on Facebook”. People will look at you in disbelief and it is funny. I have always been a part of technological revolutions. Among my friends I am kind of a pioneer when it comes to IT related stuff. Now they see me as an outsider.

Now for the facts. The people I care about and who cares about me are still there. No need for Facebook. We share stories and stuff over email or instant messaging.
Still, there were stuff like just browsing around “Friend’s” profiles to see what they have been up to, or looking at the latest pictures of a party, that were always fun moments, but I don’t miss those moments as I thought I would.

All in all, i have not been missing facebook at all and in my honest opinion, the whole Social networking is just overrated.
But I will definitely give Diaspora a try. Looking forward to seeing what those guys come up with!!!

All the best!