I'd been thinking recently it might be time to let facebook go. My use of the site has been on a steady decline since I graduated college, and frankly I didn't want to deal with the potential problems of facebook/work overlap. (Do I have to add the loud mouth who is totally going to tell everyone everything? What about annoying opposing counsel? Is there any problem with me already being friends with a judge?)
The more I thought about it, the better deactivation seemed. One of my friends had already done it for bar prep, several others had discussed it. Today, another friend told me she'd deactivated, too, which led to a conversation about the awkward use (and lack thereof) of social media with regard to taking/ passing/failing the bar exam. (If you say nothing, will people assume you failed? If you deactivate post-bar results, will people assume you failed? What do you do if you do fail?)
And so, I decided to give deactivation a test run, and I deactivated tonight. For those of you who have never deactivated before, Facebook does two very creepy things when you deactivate:
1. Saying "Are you sure you want to deactivate? Your 325 friends will not be able to get in touch with you"
2. And then, showing you 5 seemingly random friends' profiles saying "So and So will miss you!" (And how these friends are selected, I have no idea. Mine were 2 close friends, 2 of my friends' girlfriends, and an old mentor)
Don't worry, twitter and blogger are not next on the chopping block. I don't think I could survive this bar prep summer without them.