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That's it, I mean it this time. Just like I meant "I'm never drinking again" in April 2012. I'm never Facebooking again.

Since Facebook Messenger is a separate app on my phone, I managed to get Edmund to lock me out of Facebook but enter the password for messenger, so I can steer clear of Facebook and not be unreachable. I'm locked out, but my account is still there, meaning I get notification of messages and events and posts in groups. I'll have to log in from time to time to do promo for the Memepunks, but other than that, I am off.

I am free!

It will be an adjustment. In fact, I am fighting the impulse to post about my decision on Facebook. I'll be looking for other entertainment sites, and no doubt I'll be spouting off here more often. And ideally, this will give me more time for practising music and singing. But I hit the last straw the other day. I don't want to lose any more friends because of careless remarks typed in haste -- either mine or theirs. It's not worth it.

Crafting a message to the friend who laid that last straw, and not sure if I'm going to send it. I don't know. Cans and worms come to mind. I'll work on a draft throughout the day and see how I feel about it.

It may transpire that I can be logged into Facebook on my phone but not my desktop, which would be ideal, because I hate typing on my phone and therefore would never get into debates using it. But I'd still have, for instance, Facebook events, which is useful to have on one's phone when you are trying to find someone's flat. We'll see. I won't try that before the end of January, though.

Is there an app or a subscription service for locking yourself out of Facebook? There should be.

Date: 2016-01-21 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There is so much wrong with Facebook! I've never liked that site and never wanted to be on it, and I only am on it because everyone else I knew from LiveJournal migrated to that crappy site, and I felt powerless to resist. However, I firmed up my resolve and returned to LiveJournal a couple of months ago, realising that I should do things simply because I want to do them, and regardless of what everyone else is doing. I haven't regretted my decision at all. I find that I can write more freely on LJ and in much greater depth; in fact, writing an LJ post feels a bit like creating a work of art. It is so much, much better than Facebook, plus I see all my friends' posts in chronological order and I'm not subjected to endless fatuous memes. I just wish there was a bit more interaction on here.

Date: 2016-01-21 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've stayed simultaneously on LJ and Facebook, never joined Twitter. Mainly stayed on LJ due to keeping my "to do" list as a future-dated private LJ post, so I never forgot about it! If only LJ had developed an events calendar and photo tagging.

I have always liked LJ's suitedness to posts with more detail and depth, though I admit I scroll by longer posts. Based on the number of comments I generally receive, I conclude most people are doing the same. I feel able to be more open about personal things on LJ because so few people are reading, though I must say that has backfired on a couple of occasions! Still nowhere near as bad as Facebook drama though.

Date: 2016-01-22 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, one of my main purposes for LiveJournal is for to-do lists, and I've also made a post-dated entry in which I'm listing my assorted minor accomplishments throughout the year, as it's not always clear that I actually am making any progress. I agree too that an events calendar would be useful. I don't know if you were ever on the bloody awful MySpace, but I thought one of the few good things about that site was its 'forthcoming events' thing in which you could list forthcoming gigs and suchlike on your profile page. On the whole, though, I'd rather LiveJournal didn't make any more changes to the format of the site. It was perfectly OK as it was back in 2003 when I fist joined, and as far as I'm concerned, few, if any, of the changes they've made since then have improved it.

As for the drama, I think there used to be quite a lot of that on here, and a lot of fakers and attention-seekers, but they've all buggered off to Farcebook!

Date: 2016-01-22 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
MySpace was great for bands, terrible for anything else.
Facebook is definitely geared for the millenial attention span. I do like the LJ calendar. Reading back on some of my very old posts made years back, I was shocked at how much of a raging alcoholic I was! Eek!

Date: 2016-01-22 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha! Me too. I was in the habit of downing an entire 3-litre bottle of cider in a night for a while. I was going through some seriously bad times and just wanted to get thoroughly plastered. Lately though, I seem to have been struggling to drink as much as a pint in one go. I guess I'll never make an alcoholic!

I call it

Date: 2016-01-21 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"fakebook". I too,more or less got on it because most all of my LJ homies left me to go there. It's also how I keep in touch with my far flung relatives and siblings="family"...I feel I can't be my real self on fakebook-and every one else is wearing a mask. LJ-the real me(beautiful/ugly,funny/sad,angry/angry),can be seen and heard.

Date: 2016-01-21 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe that was my problem. Not wearing a mask.

Re: I call it

Date: 2016-01-22 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of the things I've always like about LiveJournal is that's easy to scroll back through your posts and see where you were at and what you were doing a few weeks or months ago. It often surprises me how quickly our preoccupations change and how quickly we move on from situations that were troubling us or things that we were very focused on a short time ago. This is a particular eye-opener for me because I often feel that I'm wading through treacle and not really making any discernible progress in my life.

RE: Re: Agreed!

Date: 2016-01-22 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like that as can't scroll back on some things because they don't exist anymore. I see the trends-like a tidal wave that moves through my friends list. Then we're on to the next new thing. I'll see the same post 47 times on 5 other posts and then when I post something-n one notices it,but then they "like" their friend who posted the same thing later on...yeah time suckage and an adventure into vapid emptiness. Woot.
I only wished that we could "like" others comments on LJ. :)

Date: 2016-01-23 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha! I managed fine without a 'like' button until Farcebook made me think I needed one! I do quite often want to 'like' posts and comments on LiveJournal, but I just have to strain my brain and find a more creative way to express my appreciation.

Or just not respond @ all-

Date: 2016-01-23 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
like I do more often than not? I've actually been so bold as to privately message people on here before-much to my chagrin they didn't care for that. I would "like",your comment... :)

Date: 2016-01-23 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have been known to type:



Date: 2016-01-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is cool. "Like"

Date: 2016-01-21 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's useful for me having moved to a completely new place, however I was off it for a year and was much happier... I only went back on because I was sick of missing out on invites/big news

Date: 2016-01-21 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Getting e-mail notifications of events should solve the invites problem. I'll just have to put them into my google calendar and have the fun of turning up to things, not knowing who else is going, like the old days! :)
Edited Date: 2016-01-21 06:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-22 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I find FB can be a bit hit and miss about actually sending emails about event invites and messages and stuff. (Yet another thing that's wrong with FB. )

Date: 2016-01-22 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, next time I have to be on in order to do a promotion thingy, I will make a post giving other, better ways to contact me.

And honestly, too FEW events invites is never my problem...

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