4 Reasons You Should Re-Open Your Facebook Account Today

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“That’s it! I’m deleting my Facebook today.”

I’m sure you’ve seen a friend say this in a status moments before deactivating their account, or maybe you’ve done this yourself. But have you ever thought about why people are inclined to deactivate their Facebook account? You’ll probably agree that the top three reasons would be too much drama, too much spam, and privacy concerns. However, Facebook has various tools which you can use to control all three of these complaints. Here’s how to do it.

Deleting vs. Deactivating

Before I start, note that I referred to people deactivating their account rather than deleting it. Facebook does allow you to completely delete your account (which you can do by following this link), but they’d much rather you just deactivate it instead. If you want to reactivate it, all you have to do is log in — it’s that simple. However, if you do end up deleting your account, you won’t be able to reactivate it. Deleting it also should imply that it deletes everything on Facebook’s servers, but that can’t be guaranteed — no one knows what Facebook keeps after you delete your account.

Keep Friends Off Your News Feed

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If you were having issues with drama, you can easily keep your friends but prevent them from showing up on your news feed. Whenever the person in question appears on your news feed, just click on the little down arrow in the top right corner of the post, and click on “Unfollow <name here>”. Now you won’t see any of their posts (including the drama) unless you specifically visit their profile. “Unfollow” does not mean unfriend, so you can always bring them back to your news feed, and they won’t be able to know that you’re not seeing their posts. Of course, this doesn’t help with drama that involves you, but that’ll probably follow you even without a Facebook.

Keep Apps Off Your News Feed

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If you used to see too much spam on your news feed, you should try to unlike as many Pages as possible that are generating this spam. As with friends, you can also unfollow Pages to stop seeing updates, but you’ll still have access to the Page’s content when you visit it.

If the spam was coming from friends using various Facebook apps, you can again go to the little down arrow in the top right corner of the post, and choose “Hide all from <app name>”. This way, you’ll still see your friends’ posts, but those generated by that specific app will be blocked from your news feed.

Set Your Privacy Settings!

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Finally, if you have privacy concerns, you need to go over your privacy settings again. If you take the time to go through all the settings, you can configure Facebook so that only the right content and information is shared with the right people. Facebook’s privacy settings are pretty extensive and powerful — you just have to use them.

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Facebook’s default settings are too open for most people, and it won’t adapt automatically for you. For example, you should probably make future (and maybe even past) posts visible only to your friends rather than “friends of friends” or public. Once you’ve made a decent list of friends, you can create friends lists to further limit your audience. You can also limit friend requests to just friends of friends so that you aren’t getting as many requests from strangers and spam accounts.

You can also control who can find you based on your given email address or telephone number. There are ways to block people you’d rather never see again, and control who can see you online in Facebook chat by clicking on the gear at the bottom of the chat panel and choosing Advanced Settings. These are all settings that most social networks today implement, and they’re powerful enough to limit whatever you wish to limit.

As far as privacy concerns about how Facebook itself or Facebook apps use the information you put into them, it’s not really any worse than other social networks. Taking a look at Angela’s list of app privacy tips is a good idea.

There are also some third-party tools available, such as fPrivacy, a Chrome extension that lets you opt out of Facebook App permissions. You just have to use the tools at your disposal and be responsible with what you post. If this is still a concern for you, then you shouldn’t be using any social network (or the Internet in general, for that matter).

While settings have changed, it’s still a good idea to check out our own unofficial Facebook privacy guide for more insight.

Being Social Is Good

Of course, now that these concerns are out of the way, why wouldn’t you want to come back to Facebook? It’s still one of the best ways to keep in touch with friends from all moments in your life. Plus, it is often used for groups of various types as virtually everyone has a Facebook account. I really think that this benefit highly outweighs any other concerns provided you use Facebook responsibly.

Conclusion

So, while it’s understandable that people have issues with Facebook (and I’m glad people are concerned about their privacy), you have enough ways to make responsible use of it. And with so many others using Facebook, why shouldn’t you? That’s the huge benefit of Facebook — you can find everyone there and connect. And who doesn’t like that?

What tips do you have for making the most out of Facebook? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments (22)
  • Imran khan

    I am imran khan I opened my Facebook account same this name last week but I send many of friends request three friend was accepted my request but after that I was do unfriend two friend after maybe some hours I can’t open my Facebook account please i want to open my this account as soon as possible now what i can do or how I can open my account? Please

  • Rodger

    Everyone is doing it… That is the only reason listed. The other ‘reasons’ are defenses against some of the reasons people choose to not have a facebook account. However, the best reason to leave facebook is not for yourself, but for social reasons. It’s not even that using the internet is anti-social, but that supporting a company with a model based on monopoly and user lock-in is anti-social. Any centralized and non-federated social network is based on monopoly, even if just for a niche. In fact, it locks in not just the user, but the user’s friends and contacts too. It huts the chances of competition and innovation. The best reason you have for using facebook is because everyone else is using it, but that is precisely the trap we should be trying to avoid. The more that you use facebook instead of open communication, the more you empower facebook’s vicious cycle and build the image that other people, particularly people who know or interact with you, will need facebook to communicate or be social. I think it is ok if people feel a need for telephones or email because these are based on independent networks that interact seamlessly with each other. Facebook is designed to never interact as its business model for locking you in. Please delete your account and use other ways to communicate, organize, and be social. Besides trying to communicate with other people who tempt you to join, can you name one thing facebook can do that you can not accomplish with open tools like e-mail, websites, blogs, irc, sip, rss feeds, federated instant messaging protocols? There are even federated social networks designed specifically to mimic features of sites like facebook. I know there is a real use case and lure of facebook, but I hope you will think about it and decide it is not worth it. I think that any small convenience you can get from from joining or using facebook and similar sites will be harmful in the long run. Please delete your facebook account today. I encourage you to at least look into more open social-friendly alternatives and use them with preference whenever possible.

  • Khalid

    I’m a high school student and I’m one of the few people who don’t have Facebook. I deleted my Facebook account last week, because I always saw disturbing shit in my news feed that I didn’t want to see, just because someone liked it and I was just wasting my time on there. I don’t need to know what people from my school are doing in there freetime or what my neighbour is eating for dinner. It’s a good site to stay in contact with your friends but there are other and better ways to do that. It’s only good if you want to become that popular guy with 3000 “friends” and You want to build a social status but for the rest it’s useless.

  • Guest

    You contradict yourself. First you say

    “Deleting [your account] also should imply that it deletes everything on Facebook’s servers, but that can’t be guaranteed — no one knows what Facebook keeps after you delete your account.”

    …but then you talk about privacy?

    “If you take the time to go through all the settings, you can configure Facebook so that only the right content and information is shared with the right people.”

    Well, seeing as “the right people” does NOT by any stretch of the imagination include anyone named Zuckerberg, Clapper, Holder or Obama, then no thank you, I will not be signing up for this POS corpo-fascist NSA honeypot. I don’t even have an email address or mobile phone number and I’m NOT going to start with that pointless crap now. Like I always say, I don’t use social media because I don’t give a crap that Kim Kardashian or your mom just took one.

  • Peter

    My Facebook keeps crashing on my iPhone 3G what can I do

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