I’ve had it with Facebook.
As you may know, for years now I’ve had a professional page at Facebook (as opposed to a personal profile, which I also have) for my writing at www.facebook.com/mjohansonwriter. It used to bring in a decent amount of traffic… but then Facebook started limiting who saw my posts there unless I paid to “boost” them. Which I did a few times, just to see what happened, and it didn’t make much difference. My page at this moment has 1,563 Likes and 1,371 Follows, and I’m lucky if something I post there gets seen by 200 people. Most posts get far less visibility. This is absurd.
And then yesterday The New York Times published an incredibly infuriating piece about how Facebook has been abusing the information we give them in even more insidious ways than we had previously known. A taste:
For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.
Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.
In all, the deals described in the documents benefited more than 150 companies — most of them tech businesses, including online retailers and entertainment sites, but also automakers and media organizations. Their applications sought the data of hundreds of millions of people a month, the records show. The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017. Some were still in effect this year.
So this is it: effective as of yesterday, I am longer updating that Facebook page. (I’ve also deleted my Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, and which also has done absolutely zip to raise my profile or increase traffic here.)
I don’t mind if anyone wants to continue (or start!) sharing my work on Facebook — that’s entirely up to you. This is just me staging what small protest I can.
If you had Liked that page, or Followed it, I apologize for any annoyance or inconvenience this will cause you. Though you probably hadn’t been seeing my posts in your feed anyway.
If you want to keep up with what I’m doing without having to pop in here to the site all the time, here are some other options:
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• RSS feed: here (does anyone still use RSS?)
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