Why I Will Never Use Facebook

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.

By Keith Survell

Geek, professional programmer, amateur photographer, crazy rabbit guy, only slightly obsessed with cute things.


  1. …you’ve missed the point.
    facebook provides a standard format for people from all walks of life to easily connect with other people from their entire life history, regardless of technical ability. The majority of these users would not be able to negotiate the internet (various blogs, browsers, web sites, messengers etc) to find you, let alone manage the multiples of connectivity options to tie their friends together in the way facebook does.

    However. Remember all those annoying people from your past you’d forgotten about? Well you can have them back in the more annoying adult form, which generally reminds you of why you lost contact with them in the first place 🙂

    nice site by the way, love some of your wallpapers.


  2. Actually, you’ve just proved my point – those are still more reasons why I would never use Facebook.

    (And I really don’t think that Facebook is any easier than browsing the Internet-at-large.)

    Thanks for the compliment; I’m glad you like the site!

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