Recently someone asked me why I don’t have a Facebook account.
The simplest answer I could come up with was that I simply don’t need it – for me, Facebook is redundant.
The person who asked me tried to tell me how great Facebook was, and how you could do so many things with it, like connecting with friends, keeping up-to-date on what you’re doing, and easily share photos (among other things).
But the thing is… I can already do all of those things without Facebook. So what’s the point? Where’s the benefit for me?
I mean, look at it this way:
- I own my own domain and have my own website.
- I have and maintain my own blog, which means I have total control over every aspect of it (appearance, function, etc.) and to which people can “subscribe” using the RSS feed (an open standard).
- For sharing pictures, I have a Flickr Pro account. Because Flickr is dedicated to sharing photos, it does a really good job of it.
- For messaging, I have IM and Twitter and of course email.
- For people trying to find me, I have a Google Profile (and of course I am not a hard person to find – one of the advantages of having a very unique name!).
(There’s also the fact that I consider Facebook – and all similar sites – as being the modern reincarnations of the crappy websites that populated Geocities back in the early days of the web.)
So really, Facebook offers no compelling advantages for me – no real reason for me to use it. Everything it can do, I can already do without having to sign up for yet another online account.