On May 9, 2009 I will graduate from college. On this day, I will take part in one more ceremony that I consider necessary and entirely appropriate for my leaving college. I am going to delete my Facebook account. I was one of the incoming freshmen in college that got to be the first generation of users, and I think that it makes sense for me to move on, or perhaps back, to more professional, if Ã¢â‚¬Å“primitiveÃ¢â‚¬Â ways of communicating with my friends and colleagues. I plan to exchange all contact information with the people I intend to keep in touch with, save some of my photos, and then hit the delete button.
This is indeed an act of rebellion, the same as my refusal to buy a phone with a camera in it or update to the internet my whereabouts every second of every day; and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one that I wish more of my classmates intended to pursue. Facebook has been a fun way to interact with friends and some professors over the past four years, but I just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see it being part of my life after IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve left the university environment. I hope to maintain friendships; or maybe find out which ones were purely topical and which ones genuinely remembered it was my birthday when they posted on my wall. This I will accomplish through personal e-mails, phone calls, and even perhaps a letter sent the old fashioned way: hand-written, addressed and stamped to let someone know I took more than 3 seconds to log on and stalk them before saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“haha! that was so funny last night when you did that thing! lol :)Ã¢â‚¬Â
Then thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the question of the embarrassing interview when a potential employer pulls out a photo of you in the background at some bar sticking pretzels up your nose that you werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even aware was taken. Not that I have any such photo of myself out there, (mainly because I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stick pretzels up my nose on any occasion) but the principle of the matter is that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not comfortable not having control over the image I present to the world. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve untagged myself from plenty of photos simply because I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know they had been taken.