I don't use Facebook (anymore)
In February of 2018, I deleted my Facebook account. There were three reasons:
- I already have this website for posting updates, photos, and articles.
- I was developing unwanted attention due to my activities as an advocate for cyclist safety in my city. By that I mean, stalkers, trolls, and politicians.
- Several people had posted things to Facebook that are inappropriate to my "brand"; I don't want to be associated with racist BS. You know it's bad when you can't tell your friends from a Russian bot.
Also, I wasn't happy about the growing privacy issues on that platform, or Facebook claiming rights to use photos of my children to advertise Facebook's endeavors and/or those of third parties. So that's that.
Besides, Facebook is already crowded with people with my name:
- Here's one.
- Here's a second.
- And a third.
- A Mike Werneburg.
- A Michael Eugene Werneburg.
- Even a Jonathan Michael Werneburg.
Shortly after my account deletion, all of the Cambridge Analytica crap started to come to light, and I realized what a chump I'd been in even entering any of my data or opinions or associations. Then it became clear what part Facebook has played in the destabilization of western democracy, and I felt a certain vindication.