Why it is necessary to dump a Facebook account in the bin sometimes

Hello everybody,

A few people on my friends list wondered why I suddenly deleted my Facebook account 2-3 days ago. Well, the first reason was mainly practical.

One of the suggestions I had received during my recent online networking course was that having a public Facebook page and account could be useful when you want to promote a blog/website (in fact Facebook links have been added to the ‘About me’ page). Now, ‘in theory’ Facebook policy doesn’t allow people to have two accounts with the same name, you can’t have a ‘business’ account and a personal account of the same person. I didn’t want to use my personal account for the page either. Summarizing, I was made aware that having a clear, and clean, digital imprint was quite vital if you want to have an online profile well-coherent and also interesting for the audiences and my ex personal account was not refleting this. Starting over with a new goal in mind was necessary, so my decision went towards deleting an account and opening another one.

Many of my followers also know that I became quite paranoid about the privacy settings of Facebook, so before asking Facebook to delete the account I had to delete every single picture and post posted on the account…. which took me three days to achieve LOL Yet, it was worth it, for more than the originally stated reasons.

Changing accounts also makes you realise who’s interested in you and what you’ve to say. It is not the first time that I deleted my account (probably the tenth one LOL), however the ‘goal’ of the account is slightly different this time. The page also has to be visible to a worldwide audience, contrary to all previous pages that were aimed to just a group of friends. Page and account are also connected with this domain now.

As you can easily imagine, half of the friends on my original friends list didn’t follow the page or sent any friendship requests. Well, you could wonder why I hadn’t unfriended the ones who didn’t care about me anymore. How could I know for sure, though? The fact is, as many of you already know, when you unfriend someone on Facebook, unless it is caused by a heated argument/discussion, you should also provide an explanation, as per net-etiquette. Would you unfriend anyone who doesn’t give a crap about you based on a guess or two of yours? Hmm……

Perhaps I’ve this old-fashioned notion of mine that I still believe that friends that are meant to stay will follow me anywhere even online (if indeed they signed up for any social media, the ones texting or emailing me are excluded by this, of course!). Or why even being friends in the first place if anything I’ve to say or believe in is so annoying and boring to you?

Sending hugs and have a nice Sunday everybody xxx

Merl

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4 thoughts on “Why it is necessary to dump a Facebook account in the bin sometimes

  1. Qualche mese fa FB mi ha obbligata ad aprire un account personale per gestire la mia pagina, altrimenti me l’avrebbero cancellata. Poichè io non volevo diventare schiava ANCHE del mio account personale, l’ho aperto a malincuore, ma non vi pubblico praticamente quasi nulla…
    Una domanda: perché hai dovuto cancellare le foto a una a una prima di cancellare il tuo account? Non bastava eliminare l’account fb per farle sparire?
    (rispondi pure in inglese se vuoi, è che scrivere in italiano per me è più veloce 🙂

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    1. Scusa per il ritardo nell’approvare il commento e scrivere la risposta! No, Facebook disattiva l’account per 14 giorni prima di cancellarlo. Non è infrequente che info o foto di amici e/o proprietario dell’account siano stati riutilizzati da Facebook per i cavoli propri. Trattengono la nostra ‘roba’ sui loro server per due settimane. Questo è uno dei motivi per cui Facebook non mi è mai piaciuto… Così ho dovuto cancellare tutto singolarmente, poichè Facebook e altri social media non prevedono l’opzione di cancellarli in massa. Non si cancella proprio niente automaticamente. Se tu cerchi dei miei commenti sulla tua pagina, vedrai che sono ancora lì nonostante l’account sia disattivato.
      Sì, tempo fa si potevano aprire pagine senza gli account. Ora Facebook ti obbliga ad aprire un tuo account (che non puoi aprire come business perchè vogliono un indirizzo fisico per accounts del genere…) e lasciarlo vuoto se vuoi tenere la ‘digital imprint’ pulita. Se non fosse che è così popolare non avrei riaperto prioprio niente. Facebook mi dà sui nervi….

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  2. Non sapevo che Facebook utilizzasse le nostre cose per scopi propri, ovvero che ci rubasse foto e altre cose. Orrore! Dopo aver letto questo tuo post, ho cancellato tutto ciò che avevo (poca roba) sul mio profilo personale Fb e indirizzo chi lo visita sulla mia pagina. Tanto non ho proprio tempo di postare su due posti, i social quest’anno mi hanno leggermente creato dipendenza, mi devo disintossicare.

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    1. Uguale per me, quello di adesso lo terrò vuoto. Non accetta neppure posts da altri. Qualsiasi persona dovrà utilizzare la pagina. Poi alla fine i social media sono utili se si deve promuovere qualcosa, altrimenti fanno perdere solo tempo e basta :-/ sì anche io sono contenta della ‘disintossicazione’ recente! 🙂

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