Bye-Bye Facebook!

I’ve talked about leaving Facebook for some time. I’ve made my decision and wanted to share that by the end of the month (February 2019) you will find me on MeWe.com instead. Here is more information about MeWe.

Security and privacy of my data, has been my fundamental issue for leaving Facebook. Here is a timeline of Facebook’s privacy issues and it’s responses. These issues continue to evolve and affect Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp. However, I will probably stay with Instagram as a way to still connect with my family.

I’ve also started using DuckDuckGo as a search engine, which has reduced much of the spam I receive on my blog. Every little bit helps.

If you decide to join this up and coming social media network, I will warn you. It’s not as easy to share to as Facebook is. I’ve found a few tools to make that easier.

First, if you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can install the AddtoAny Extension which includes a sharing option for MeWe. I’m on a MAC, and Safari often is limited in the availability of many extensions. But, I’ve got you covered. Click this LINK, and you will find an AddtoAny bookmarklet that you can drag to your browser links. It contains a share button to MeWe.

MeWe is a no-nonsense way to share posts to a secure site. It might be boring to some, but I like the simple layout and how easy it is to find my friend’s articles. There are no ads and many of the people I’ve talked with also left Facebook for the same reasons that I did. If you’re looking for a way to connect with blog friends, this is a wonderful alternative.

I’ve included a list of social media sites where you can find me. (If you’re interested, of course).

 Twitter

Sisters of the Fey

Pinterest

Instagram

LinkedIn

MeWe

BookBub

I hope I see you on MeWe.com. Make sure to look me up!

56 thoughts on “Bye-Bye Facebook!

  1. Good to hear you’re coming off Facebook, Colleen. I’ve come off Instagram, too (because it’s owned by Facebook). I just don’t trust them with my data. Plus, I’ve freed up a huge amount of time by ditching both.
    Does MeWe bring you any blog traffic?

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  2. I commend you for being diligent Sis and leaving FB, you know how much I’ll miss you there, and of course, I’ve already joined MeWe, but haven’t had much time to look around there while away. For now I will stay on Fb, hey, they already stole everything right? Lol. ❤ I will continue to moderate for our groups there until I make any final decisions. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Sis. The constant ads and messages wanting me to promote this and that is worrying. The listening in on conversations bothers me. Anyway I like how it is all evolving. We have the opportunity to create a vibrant community there. That’s my hope. ❤️

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    1. LOL! Sometimes it’s better to use the old ways of contact to have more fulfilling interactions. I’m not convinced that liking a post is anything more than an automatic reaction. Most folks don’t have time to really read and interact. That’s what I’m looking for. ❤

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  3. Any thing that is posted on the internet, no matter which platform, is game. It’s like putting mail in a mailbox can be stolen. Nothing is totally private. Just my two cents. We all have to do what we have to do.

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  4. I understand your feelings. I don’t think I share anything on FB that would matter all that much even if it was used, but I can understand why people aren’t happy with their information being thrown around. Honestly, in our world today, I don’t think there is much privacy anymore. If you have a cell phone, your information is already out there 😦

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  5. I joined MeWe pretty much as soon as it started, but I haven’t figured it out yet, and sadly the video on the page you shared isn’t working, so I’m still in the dark!
    And however annoying FaceBook is, that’s where I connect with my biggest group of fans, and is always the launch pad for new sales for me, so I think I’m stuck with it.
    Hopefully one day I’ll figure out what to do with MeWe and see you over there.

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    1. MeWe is unobtrusive and rather quiet. I like that. No ads! No comments that ask me to buy their ads. FB and their policies about selling my data makes money for them and not me. We can all stay in touch in other ways. 😘❤️

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  6. You’ve done the right thing, the site looks interesting. I’ve joined in preparation for leaving FB. I’m Admin for 2 pages, so not leaving yet. As many people have said you lose your privacy as soon as you use the internet.

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    1. I have the same problem, Jan. Debby Gies is taking over the groups for me. She’s on vacation and will be back by the end of the month. That’s why I waited. I accepted your friend request. It’s totally non invasive on MeWe. We can create groups there also which is nice. I’m excited! ❤️

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      1. Once the panic of leaving FB subsided, I also felt (100%) liberated. And you are indeed a trail blazer (IMO) since I had no clue about the MeWe.com site and will now check it out because of you. 🙂 (just sayin’)

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  7. I respect your decision, Colleen. I’ve never felt FB was much help for bloggers. As a photo blogger, I use IG and FB to share my photos. I’ve been on FB for 10 years and met my husband as a result. I have too many friends and family to let it go, although quite a few, like you, have left. As for privacy and security, as soon as we buy something online, we’re out there for the world to see. It’s impossible for any of us not to be exposed to privacy and security issues these days, however we can always take precautions and be smart about not clicking on fake links, etc. We had a major phishing scam at our university from our Department Chair’s email account and many of us fell for it. This is a university website that was hacked through serious firewalls! We are all vulnerable to some degree, unfortunately in the online world. I don’t spend a lot of time on FB or IG these days, but it’s nice to have to the connections. Good luck with MeWe!

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    1. There’s so much more, Terri. 2020 is an election year… In 2016 I was bombarded with propaganda. I’m not interested in that and with FB’s policies it’s not worth my time. Cyber security should be a major worry to everyone. I get stressed on FB. It’s not fun anymore. There are so many more ways to connect with folks. We all have to do what is right for us. Good luck with Facebook… LOL! ❤

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  8. I totally get it. I’m on the fence, myself. I’d have been gone long ago, but there are a few people I only keep in touch with via FB, including some long distance family. Wishing you happiness (and cybersafety) on your other platforms.

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