- You can review your privacy settings, but you'll have to do this every time they change their policy, and I don't trust that this actually keeps information safe.
- You can delete your Facebook account, and lose contact with everyone who only use FB to communicate. I have plenty of FB friends who I knew once, but probably wouldn't miss, if I lost contact with them, but this is still a worrisome option.
- You can also quit FB without actually quitting, kind of a cleaning house kind of deal. This involves creating a new FB account and re-friending those people who actually matter.
The problem is twofold:
- I want to be able to read other people's content (blogs, articles, shared links, status updates, etc.) in one place. I don't want to log into FB or Twitter or go to someone's website to get their stuff. I want it all in one place.
- I want to be able to spew content (blog entries, shared links with comments, status updates) to other people in a way they can read it easily.
(If you haven't tried a feed reader yet, try it! If you don't want to use Google, there are lots of other web-based or desktop app options available. I like Google Reader because it integrates with my other Google services, and it can manage comment conversations between users. If you're more interested in the social features than the feed aggregation, you might also try Buzz.)
Here's the details:
- I subscribed to my FB friends' status updates, notes, and notifications.
- I subscribed to my Twitter timeline (which I had to make public, for this to work).
- I already have a ton of other subscriptions in Google Reader.
- My blog (you are here) contains original content from me. You can subscribe using the link at the bottom of the page.
- My shared items are also shown in condensed form at the bottom of this page. The expanded version is available here, with an Atom feed link on the right.
- I can post status update-type things right from Google Reader! They'll show up in my shared items list, linked above.
- I also have the option of putting photos up using Picasa, but I haven't done that yet.
My next step is to purge Facebook friends. Sorry, I'm just not that social a person, and if I haven't had a face-to-face or email conversation with you in the last year, you probably won't make the cut. After a week or so, I'll probably remove a lot of information from my FB account, and then delete it altogether. Just a warning.
Then, I'll also delete my Twitter account, and subscribe to public Twitter feeds as necessary.