TOP 10: Reasons Why You Should Quit Facebook


DAN YODER: After some reflection, I’ve decided to delete my account on Facebook. I’d like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I’d like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I’m not missing anything. In any event, here’s my “Top Ten” reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account. MORE

RELATED: As grumbling about Facebook’s ever-shifting privacy policies gets louder, a new study from Consumer Reports suggests a majority of people post risky information on their social-network profiles. Fifty-two percent of American adults have posted personal information, like their full birth date (38 percent), photos of children (21 percent), their children’s names (13 percent), street address (8 percent) and mention details about being away from home  (3 percent). MORE

RELATED: Even if you keep your profile’s “Connections” links to “Community Pages” about your home town/college/employer/etc. private, you can still show up by name on those pages. (Facebook once knew how to handle that issue: If you viewed a public page without logging into the site, you would only see the first names of most of its fans.) And a Facebook note says that if you use another site’s “Like” button to endorse “a real world entity, such as a book, movie or athlete,” that, too, becomes part of your profile’s public information. All this shows, in the most charitable reading, an appalling inattention to usability. MORE

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