On October 4th there was a six-hour outage of Facebook and Instagram. Those six hours might as well have been 6 days because it cost them huge financial losses. It was a great day for Twitter with all the extra visitors they were getting.
Facebook and Instagram have become necessary evils for connection, communication, community, and commerce. I ask the question are there viable alternatives out there that people could migrate to? I haven’t found one that does all the things Facebook does which is to their credit in how they keep people engaged and using their platforms.
I do know people who have given it all up and are fine. They have no regrets and no fear of missing out. More power to them.
For six hours many people had to find other things to do. I think some of them enjoyed being liberated. Everyone, including me needs that sort of break from being on the ‘Book or the ‘Gram for a while.
One month ago I went on a Facebook fast for personal reasons. It’s been a great experience where I have cleared my head and focused on other areas of expression like my blog. I remain connected on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t regret leaving one bit, but I know a return is in sight sometime in the future. So far so good though and I’ll go back when I am good and ready. Until then, steady on as they say.
It’s been two weeks since I said farewell to Facebook for an extended period of time. I don’t miss it at all. Granted I am still connected to Facebook Messenger for communications purposes. I even deleted the app from my Google Pixel 3a smartphone. Right now my facebook account remains deactivated and I don’t plan on reactivating it for quite some time. Right now it is all about this lovely blog, Twitter and Instagram. Yes there is life without “The Book”
I am taking yet another Facebook break. I have discovered its hard to be yourself there and control who sees what you want to keep private. Yes, I know my blog is open for all to see but the one thing about my blog is that I pay for domain registration and the premium package through WordPress.com. It is important that I have total control over what I say, my content and even who sees these words.
My connections on Twitter and Instagram will not change. You can connect with both through the widgets on the right. Connect with me if you wish there.
What if it went away, what would people do? Sometimes it’s a distraction. People somehow have made a fortune from it. Maybe posting pictures of your food on your blog would be good or better. Jennifer Aniston took forever to get in on the action. What’s your position on “the Gram”?