You know that awkward feeling when you’re dating someone, and the romance starts to fade? You suddenly become less available to go out (“Yeah, I’m having dinner with my parents that night…and the next night I’m washing my hair”) and you make sure to check your call-display before answering the phone.
I feel that way about Facebook these days.
At first, the romance was hot and heavy. I wanted Facebook and bad, and was keen to get as many friends as possible. I was obsessed with checking Facebook every hour, and enthusiastically pursued new applications. It was a lusty, unhealthy affair that made me crazy but you know how lust consumes you.
A few months later and I’m now doing my best to avoid Facebook. Maybe I’ll check in once a day but I’m ignoring a vast majority of the requests to try the latest applications (Can everyone stop trying to get me try the movie test, please?) and have un-joined many of the groups that once fascinated me.
Truth be told, I’ve found someone else – younger, sexier, more streamlined: Twitter. Yet, I’m not as enraptured with Twitter as I once was with Facebook, which is a good sign.
It was nice while it lasted Facebook but it’s time we both moved on. Come now, no tears, okay?!
Links: Jean Burgess is also moving on from Facebook, and lists five reasons for the end of the relationship, while the New York Times has a story on how difficult it can be to really leave Facebook (they keep you’re information even if you delete your account).
Update: According to the Wall St. Journal, Bill Gates has walked away from Facebook – not a great sign given Microsoft spend $240-million to get a 1.6% stake in Facebook. Apparently, Gates quit Facebook because he was getting 8,000 friend requests a day, and started to see “weird fans sites about him”.