ReadWrite has a post by Matt Assay on his withdrawal from Facebook which ironical has 104 Facebook Likes.
In rolling out its new Graph Search, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quick to caution that "it's going to take years to index the whole map of the graph." That's great. It gives me time to completely remove myself from Facebook.
When I dropped off Facebook a few weeks ago, it wasn't in pursuit of some grand, moral crusade. I was simply trying to show solidarity with my 13-year old son, who had become obsessed (addicted?) to a massively multiplayer game played on Facebook. When I took away his Facebook privileges in an attempt to help him kick the habit, I decided that a hiatus from Facebook would do me some good, too, and would show him that I wasn't asking him to give up something that I, too, wasn't willing to abandon.
Little did I suspect the incredible relief that would come from cutting out Facebook and Instagram from my life. (I kept Twitter, however, as it has become a useful business tool for me.)
What is Matt's option. Hang out. Hang out not in Google+, but with real friends.
In sum, I'm enjoying my life sans Facebook, and I imagine I'll enjoy it even more now that Facebook wants to make it even easier to invade my personal space without real value in return. Maybe it will be useful for dating, but I have zero interest in this.
I just want a place to hang out with real friends. It turns out that there's an even better place to do this than Facebook. It's called "the real world."