Leaving Facebook

January 12, 2019 at 4:14 PM | Posted in Musings, Technology | Leave a comment
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So I’ve finally deleted my personal Facebook account. I deleted it before 2018 ended. That’s always been my plan since early last year. I’ve never been an active user of Facebook. I was only forced to open an account on Facebook in 2011 because it was part of my job as a digital marketer. But over the years, I never liked the Facebook community. Somehow I found it to be a toxic community, with people always wanting to get their 15 minutes of fame with their posts, videos or photos. Everyone seemed to want their posts to become viral. People there were either always exchanging barbs against each other and picking fights with anyone or they constantly brag about how “perfect” their life is. There’s just so much fakery on Facebook that it got so tiring eventually.

Then there was the time when I was bullied on Facebook by my former coworkers. It happened to me twice and during times when I didn’t even have an account yet. A misunderstanding or minor argument with a coworker got posted on Facebook and before I knew it, people were joining in the conversation and wanting to have their say to the matter as well even if it didn’t involve them. There was too much gossiping and slandering that it became ugly. Many of those people I knew treated the platform as their designated war zone where they can harass or bully other people. I was so disgusted by it that I never accepted their friend requests nor have I added them to my friends list when I signed up on the platform.

Then of course the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened and several breaches on the platform followed. After that, I never trusted Facebook again with my private information. So when I bought a new laptop last December, I downloaded all my data and deleted my account on Facebook. I only informed a few friends about my account deletion. They know I can be reached by other means when they want to keep in touch.

It’s so easy for me to give up Facebook unlike most people who couldn’t let go of it. I’m not that addicted to the platform anyway. I prefer Twitter actually because people there are more real than on Facebook. Only a few people know about my Twitter account and I like to keep it that way.

Going Offline

March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM | Posted in Lifestyle, Technology | Leave a comment
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I admit I’m not the type who is addicted to the Internet. Unlike some people I know, I don’t go online 24/7. Even with the proliferation of social media, I can still live without it. There are other ways of communicating and getting in touch with your friends and loved ones. You don’t have to go online to talk with them. In fact, I would rather have a cup of coffee with friends and chat with them in person than talk with them in a virtual world.

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One of the things I noticed in people who are always online is that they tend to prefer communicating in a virtual world rather in person. I’ve met people who are so addicted to social media that when they are around people, the first thing they do is to check-in at Foursquare, Facebook, and Twitter. You can barely have a discussion with them because most of the time, all they do is check their friends’ updates on Facebook with their smartphones. And I just find it ridiculous that they make it a big deal when they are ousted from mayorship on Foursquare.

I am thankful that most of my friends are not like that. When I meet with my friends, we usually have lively discussions on just about anything. We fill each other in with what’s going on with our lives. We focus on the people around us, not on our smartphones or tablets. I know there are lots of advantages of being online. But when it comes to interaction, I prefer doing it offline.

 
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Going Smart

January 7, 2009 at 5:23 PM | Posted in Technology | 2 Comments
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I just read a bad review of the Smart Broadband Prepaid services on Multiply and though I sympathize with the disgruntled user, I can’t resist making a comment about it. I’m a recent user of Smart Broadband Prepaid and to be fair, I find their services quite good. The Internet connection is fast and so far, I haven’t encountered any problems at all. I was also able to register my service number quickly and view my prepaid load balance. I reside in Makati so I guess that makes a difference compared to other users living outside Makati who encounter frequent connection problems (I’ve read and heard from other users that location actually counts when it comes to connecting to the Internet). I also use it at different times of the day so time is not an issue.

I do not work for Smart at all. In fact, I have a SIM-locked Globe handyphone. I just decided to avail of the Smart Bro prepaid services instead of the Globe Broadband because I heard that Globe Broadband’s services really suck. Not once I have read or heard a good review of Globe Broadband. Whereas I’ve gotten mixed reviews about Smart Bro from friends and colleagues — some good, some bad. So in the end I settled for Smart Bro, thus choosing the
lesser “evil”. I bought the prepaid kit from Smart’s Wireless Center in Powerplant Mall. The service at the Center was quite fast; I stayed only for about 15 minutes or less (there was only a short line). The staff were pleasant enough too.

Maybe that disgruntled user was just unlucky when she bought her prepaid kit. She probably went to a Smart branch with poor service. And maybe her location wasn’t good. I don’t know. Maybe it differs in a case-to-case basis. The only inconvenience I encounter about Smart Bro is that I have to use a Smart phone when loading. Other than that, I’m pretty satisfied with Smart Bro.

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