To use a gasgas corporate term, I am presently “streamlining” my online presence. I suddenly grew paranoid about how much information about me are out there. While I’ve exactly no regrettable online artifacts — I mean, I’ve no nude pics/videos whatsoever 😛 — I thought I’d be a bit more private moving forward.
I actually started deleting my various web accounts last year but tonight, the latest casualty was Friendster. While I’ve maintained a pretty decent profile there — no cheesy graphics and crazy fonts; my testimonials, photos, caption and spelling were generally proper — I’ve added people in my list who weren’t exactly my friends. The bulletin updates from some of them began to irritate me. There were unwelcome testimonials, mostly spam, that came with videos and flash animation. Pages weren’t immediately refreshed; old info would stay until one clears his cache, log out and reload the page. There’d be broken images of one’s photos as well.
And there’s Facebook now.
I wasn’t immediately a fan — all that “poking” didn’t appeal to me at all — but eventually, I grew to love its simplicity, especially the layout. The privacy settings also gave a lot of flexibility to cater to anyone’s preferences. Most importantly, you won’t know who views you. Trust me, that simplifies what are already complicated relationships among us peeps.