Martin Peck
Martin Peck I write code, and manage people who write code.

I've Uninstalled the Facebook Apps

I've Uninstalled the Facebook Apps

I’ve decided to uninstall the Facebook iOS apps from my iPhone and iPad. I’m not going full-on #deletefacebook. I’ve just decided that I won’t have them on my devices. I’ll still visit the website, and I still use Messenger (though, not nearly as much as I used to), but I’ve decided to…

  • delete the iOS apps
  • remove any use of Facebook as a login mechanism for sites or other apps
  • delete/remove all of authorised apps from Facebook
  • lock down many of the privacy settings on my account

There are a number of reasons for this:

1. The apps have become buggy

I’ve had trouble with the apps recently. They fail to load content, or content disappears really quicky (I see it once, then it’s gone). I’ve logged feedback/bug reports on this issue 3 times over the last 6 months, but they all get closed with “thanks for the feedback”, and the issue remains.

2. The recent press around Facebook

I’ve been a defender of Facebook for some time. I’ve always figured that if I’m stupid enough to share my personal life with others, on their platform, then I’m inevitibly going to see targetted adverts. The service has utility, and the trade off was that they’d know things about me.

However, there have been a string of pretty bad news reports regarding Facebook recently, and I’m finding it harder defend them. I won’t list them here (you can find them if you want to).

I’m not deleting the apps because of these news reports, but the #deletefacebook movement has certainly been in my thoughts.

My main reason for deleting them is..

3. I’m bored of Facebook

The main reaosn is that I don’t post content that often, and neither do my friends.

Other than holiday photos, I’ve not posted much to Facebook recently. I think this is because my kids are a older now, and the number of times I’m sharing “family photos” has dropped.

I’m not seeing that many updates from my Facebook friends. I’m not sure if this is related to the “apps being buggy” thing, but I don’t see that much new content being posted. I’ll maybe see 1 or 2 new posts per day, and then a bunch of stuff I’ve already seen.

Overall, I’m sort of bored of Facebook. And, having spent 2 weeks without the apps on my phone, I’ve not missed them at all.

I will still read content on their website (less often).

I will still post things when I feel it’s worthwhile and read content from friends when I see it.

But, it’s probably going to become something I do once or twice a week. Perhaps I’ll find myself being dragged back into FB at some point.

Let’s see.