BE recently announced a new Newsletter over in this thread and decided to do it via a FB presence. Immediately following the announcement were a number of posts from people looking for an alternative to FB since they still wanted to read what Rob had to say.
Michelle chimed in with the following question & comment:
- FB is another massive time-suck that I can not afford at this point in my life
- FB is notorious for sharing private information with other entities (most of whom I'd prefer did not have it). In addition, they regularly make changes that share info by default and only after they've implemented said changes do they offer a way to opt out. They've conclusively shown (imho) that they care much more about the income they receive than protecting personal info.
With that being said, I still suspect that I will succumb to the inevitable at some point in the coming years. There was a similar FB thread back in 2009 -- but that's ancient considering how quickly things change. FB is obviously a very polarizing creation. I am curious to hear what people enjoy and find useful about the site or why they (like me) stay away from the place?