I’m leaving Facebook


Attention friends. I’ll be leaving Facebook in exactly 7 days from today. 

I no longer see the value in it and I don’t believe the company respects its users. I don’t care what Scoble says. I feel more like this.

If you want to get in touch with me after May 16th, you can e-mail me at tooter2 (at) gmail (dot) com, or follow me on Twitter. Of course I hope you’ll also keep reading my Posterous. You can even subscribe to it via RSS.

If you’d like to call me, feel free to ask for my number.

If you want to connect professionally, you can visit me on LinkedIn.

If you wan to view my photos, I’ll be transferring them all to Flickr shortly. Any new photos will also be posted there.

I’m feeling great about this by the way. Sweet freedom!


  1. Anonymous May 9, 2010

    Hey Anna!

    Completely empathise with what you’re doing – to a point. But wherever we are on the web, and whatever we’re doing, we’re far from protected from prying eyes.

    I suspect other web services and websites will follow Facebook’s lead in coming times and I personally see no merit in defecting.

    But your stance is honourable. I’m just glad I’ll still be able to follow your news elsewhere. I hope the benefits of doing this outweigh the disadvantages for you.

    All the very best – and well done!

  2. Anna Tarkov May 9, 2010

    Dave, I accept that we’re never completely shielded as long as we’re putting content online. But I prefer to do it in places where I have some degree of control. Though that technically exists with Facebook, I feel that, like the Wired piece says, if I have to read blogs and how-to guides in order to figure out how to have that control, then it must not be important to the people behind the social network that I have it. Hopefully that makes sense. As for the benefits outweighing the disadvantages, I really don’t foresee any disadvantages. I can’t think of anything I do on Facebook that I can’t do anywhere else.

  3. Anonymous May 11, 2010

    I have always had privacy concerns about Facebook and Myspace and a lot of the social networking sites. I actually have resisted the siren song to join Facebook and after reading your post, I feel very glad that I have done so.

    Great decision. Great post. Good luck.

  4. Anonymous August 9, 2010

    Great Wired article — thanks for sharing that. This has been a long standing concern of mine, which is why I put as little as possible on my FB page. It is also why I do not encourage clients to do a FB page, because they are not brand building for themselves.

  5. Anna Tarkov August 9, 2010

    I don’t know what types of clients you have, but Facebook CAN be beneficial for certain people/orgs/politicians/etc. It shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s just not a good fit for me personally. For others it can be great.

  6. Anonymous August 9, 2010

    True, but it depends on what one is trying to accomplish.

    FB is a tool for promotion, but for brand building, a company is better off building relationships on a platform where they have more control over what happens to the content, whether that is on their own forum, an industry forum, or another place. They also need to devote time to be active on it, which in these times seems to not be a priority when you are building the FB brand and not your own.

    Curiously I’m also noticing a resurgence of people now doing LinkedIn, which is more about personal brand building and connections.

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