Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Ta ta, Zuckerblurb!

I’m so happy. Facebook is going to be deleting my account!

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to access it, and because of their extraordinary customer service (nonexistent), I could never figure out what was wrong. Now I know:

This account is known as a gray account. Gray accounts were used in the past to manage Pages and run ads. They don’t have access to the same security features as standard Facebook accounts.

It would have been nice if they’d have informed me of this two years ago and spared me a few hours of troubleshooting time. But somewhere along the way I realized I was lucky. I was free of Facebook. They weren’t getting any data from me that they could sell to everyone from Chipotle to Vladimir Putin. I was off the Facebook grid.

I’m not taking their advice to open a standard account either. I don’t want to be exposed to their news feed or their algorithmic offerings. Mark Zuckerberg is a weirdo. I want nothing to do with him. Screw the Metaverse. (Revisit my list of names they should have picked instead of Meta.) Facebook is one of the big things that went wrong with this country, but since the genie’s out of the bottle I don’t see a way for us to recover what we used to have.

If you’re younger than forty, I guess you have no idea what I’m talking about.

I remember when I was a kid my mom fretting about “a giant computer” located, she thought, in Chicago, which knew everything about everyone. She was actually predicting life in the 21st century, and as it turns out it was perfectly reasonable for her to be anxious about it.

3 comments on “Ta ta, Zuckerblurb!

  1. justdrivewillyou
    March 29, 2022

    Good riddance, Facebook. I’ve never used it, and I’ve never regretted it, either. Your mom was so right.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 29, 2022

      I never had a standard account and only used my “page” to promote my books. Even so, it always felt icky. 😬

  2. Marie A Bailey
    March 29, 2022

    Sadly (sort of), I’m more active on Facebook than ever before, but, at least, it’s for a good cause: moderating the Crow’s Feet group. So far, it’s fun and interesting and I really don’t have to spend much more than a few minutes at any given time (compared to the hours that some people spend). Still, I say “congratulations” to you. When it comes to Facebook, what you don’t have, you won’t miss.

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