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4 Reasons You Should Re-Open Your Facebook Account Today

Danny Stieben 01-01-2014

“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

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

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!

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.

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 Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Is Facebook driving you crazy? Most people who use Facebook generally view the home feed in its unfiltered form, which means they're seeing updates from friends, acquaintances and pages all lumped in together and shown... Read More 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 How to Change Which Facebook Friends Can See You Online It's possible to maintain privacy on Facebook. Here's how to decide which Facebook friends can see you online and which can't. Read More 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 How To Remove Spam Apps & Ensure App Privacy [Weekly Facebook Tips] Apps on Facebook can be great, but they can also be a right pain in the neck. On one hand, there's useful apps like Spotify or which make it easy to share your music... Read More is a good idea.


There are also some third-party tools available, such a Privacy, a Chrome extension that lets you opt out of Facebook App permissions Concerned About Privacy? Opt Out Of Facebook App Permissions With fPrivacy [Chrome] I hate it when apps ask for permission to access my friends list, access my birthdate, and worse of all, post on Facebook as me. If you feel the same way Facebook apps and permissions,... Read More . 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 The Complete Facebook Privacy Guide Privacy on Facebook is a complex beast. Many important settings are hidden out of sight. Here's a complete look at every Facebook privacy setting you need to know about. Read More 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.


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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  1. Imran khan
    April 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    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

  2. Rodger
    January 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    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.

  3. Khalid
    January 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    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.

  4. Guest
    January 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

    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.

  5. Peter
    January 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

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

  6. JD
    January 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    So, what are the reasons now?!?

    I don't see one reason in the article, only a couple tips? (title should be "How to deal with drama, spam, and privacy concerns on Facebook")

    And "Being Social Is Good" is not a reason either, is it? (although Facebook seems to be the only social live some people have, I know)

    However, thanks for the post, even though the headline is a little misleading.

  7. Caroline W
    January 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I second what nearly everyone is saying: Facebook to me is a pain, not just the annoyances that go with it but to getting your privacy settings right. And the only reason I even remotely consider opening up an account is for the ability to comment on sites I care about that uses the FB plugin - and that's it. Even now I'm debating whether for the sake of commenting is it worth it. I simply don't like Facebook; And my choice of 'being social' is through Google+ where the members are a bit more 'grown-up'. Maybe one day when I can be bothered to spend an hour fine-tuning a FB account will I sign up.

  8. Ivan Miller
    January 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    4 reasons to continue using Google+

  9. imotadin
    January 7, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I killed my Facebook account a long time ago.
    I will never come back.

  10. ender
    January 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I habe never deactivated my fb account, but i am not using it for updates about myself either, and yes, i have gone through all privacy settings to ensure that the few data i have there, is also protected (there isnt much though).
    why i still keep fb, is because i rather hoped, one day in the future, they would provide again an rss feed link to add to an feed reader, like they had 2 years ago, but then stopped.
    i like facebook for being able to follow my friends that do use it actively, and those kind of friends who dont write emails anymore.
    i just dont want to visit the facebook site and scroll down the streams of all my friends updates manually, so i kinda stopped using fb.
    i remember, when they had their rss feed still, i was more likely to use them to comment on the others.

    so if anyone here generalls or at makeuseof has a solution that is similar to an rss feed for fb, i would be happy to use it again!

  11. Peter
    January 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I think it's funny someone likens having a FB account to being social.. Hardly comparable to meeting people outside in the real world. Anyway, I am still very much considering getting rid of my FB account. Even more so since I've heard that FB is planning to introduce video commercials smack bang in peoples live feeds..

  12. dragonmouth
    January 3, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Yes, you defintely should reactivate your FB account! How else are you going to bore the world with the minutiae of your life? How else are you going to disseminate the exciting details of your trips to the loo? How else are you going to flood the 'Net with an endless stream of puerile selfies? By all means reactivate your account.

  13. George Klein
    January 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Three years ago I closed my Facebook (and any other social media account), and I am still happy about the choice I made. I will never change that. There is no privacy in Facebook or in any other social media site.

  14. Bud
    January 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Personally, FB is way too immature with too much infantile B.S.!! Do I access it, yeah, but only to while away the time playing some fun games on it ! To socialize on it? Hell no....much better and less intrusive social sites to use! For chats and web cam views ? THE PITS!!!

    Someone on FB should THINK "outside of their box" and create specific age groups to contact and if desired, to chat within one's own age groups and NOT have to jump through hoops in doing so !

  15. Ricky
    January 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Why would any sane person put all their personal info on a web site that does not respect your privacy and information safety? Especially when said web site is dedicated to exploiting that same personal information for profit?

    Why would anyone advocate utilizing said exploitative website?

    • Serena
      January 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Why would anyone be dumb enough to put all their personal info in the first place? The only info Facebook requires is your name, email address, birthday. Everything else is optional. All of this can be looked up online anyhow (on White Pages or many other web sites). Facebook can't invade your privacy unless you are foolish enough to let it by posting excessive personal information.

  16. cj
    January 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    privacy is a concern even after one has deleted a FB account. I signedup for a new faked account with a brand new mail address a couple of months after I deleted my real FB account. The mails I receive to the new mail from FB contains suggestions about friends from my old FB account. I understand how they can do this from a technical perspective but not from a ethic perspective.
    Why did I drop out from FB? Well FB is like watching millions of spoiled kids demanding a like every time they post something, even if the post make a fool out of their own kids or partner. One thing is for sure, if a person on FB stress that they are happy it's time to pick-up the phone to call them and ask what is wrong
    please, take care of yourself

  17. Márcio G
    January 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I'm still way behind, gathering strenght to close it so that I can gather more strenght to re-open it! Eehehe!


    Márcio Guerra

  18. Henk van Setten
    January 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This is a weird post. It promises "4 Reasons You Should Re-Open Your Facebook Account Today" but actually it doesn't give us one single such reason. What's given here is just some usage tips, not reasons for use.
    It's a bit like an article "4 Reasons To Buy A Car Again" that gives "reasons" such as "There's an easy way to avoid the most expensive gas stations." Is that a reason to buy a car?
    So come on Danny, what you bring here are no reasons to re-open a closed Facebook account. I deleted my own account a year ago, and you did not give me one single reason why I should open an account again!

  19. Human
    January 2, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Ha Ha I deactivated my FB account about 3-4 times thinking I'm never going to come back but FB seemed like requirement. For once I also deleted it after changing my email to some disposable email and deleted the entry from KeePass. But luckily somehow I again gained access to it.

    For those caring about privacy or newbies or to give tips as per article here is what I say: Go to every part of your account. There should be nothing left in your account which you have not touched. Go to privacy settings, email settings, security, password apps, all dropdown links wherever you found them, photos, just dig every aspect of your account and you have never have to read any privacy guide ever. This also applies to any other account of any website and not just FB.

  20. Swaminathan V
    January 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I deactivated my account 3 years back.

    Having read this article today, I started thinking about the reasons I did. It was because of the cliched FB irritants (I was becoming one too) and happened exactly as the first lines of this article. A regular Thursday, woke up at around 6 and I said, "That's it, I'm out." and never looked back.

    I was happy returning to the real world, meeting my friends face to face or the traditional calling. And it worked very well.

    Until now, that is. I have now moved to a different location for my new job and gosh, this is one ghost town. I've struggled to make friends over the past 3 months and I am not sure it is going to get any better as I hardly get to meet anybody to socialize. The terrible winter isn't helping either.

    This article was just the catalyst that made me decide to reactivate my dormant account and get some stress this town has been giving to me. That, my friends, is going to be my New Year's resolution. Happy New Year to one and all. :)

    P.S: Thanks Danny! One of the perfectly timed articles for me personally.

  21. Mero
    January 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    sorry, but how this is supposed to be motivational to anyone to re-open their account?
    i have my account deactivated due to some personal issues, and i know all what you've mentioned, as these information are available on many other sites, prior to this post, let's say right when facebook last revamped its UI.