Here’s what I wrote on the way out the door.
“So, there’s less than 3 hours left now.
To those of you who I don’t end up hearing from after this, or who I suck too much to reach out to (assuming I’m able to stay away from this platform, of course, which isn’t a given): it’s been a pleasure and an honor, and I will miss you, if this is it.
I really do hope that this isn’t it, though. There’s pretty much no reason why we can’t stay in touch (that’s on those of you reading this, and on me), and I’ve put a bunch of effort this month into making it possible. Yes, these things take time that’s streamlined into your workflow a little better here in an impossibly busy world, but then there’s that whole “everything that pisses you off about this site” business, and that eats time you could be using elsewhere.
Also, if you say that it’s not convenient to write an email, create a login on another service, send a text message, or, in extreme cases (because again, I kinda have some stuff going on around doing these), make a phone call, well…that’s how they got us all. Facebook made things really convenient, and then they spent years warping the view we got of both our respective worlds and the wider one. They’re still doing it, even after getting caught A LOT, because there’s no one in power who will, or maybe even who can hold them accountable within our current legal system.
An anecdote I have from yesterday: that deletefacebook.com link I posted got 51 Likes, which means that at least some of you are seeing my posts, maybe a little that we’ve figured out how to game their algorithm to elevate the visibility of posts, and also probably that they’re hyper-sensitive about looking like they censor all criticism of the platform. (Try to encourage people to go to a competitor, though, and you might run into some shit. I’ve totally heard of links to competing social networks getting eaten a bunch over the years.) On the other hand, I talked to 2 separate people who, somehow, in 17 days of me not shutting the fuck up about this individual process I’m making, had not seen a single post from me about my leaving here. Some of that’s very good filtering on their respective parts rather than Facebook shutting them out, from what I gather, but if you have to filter out so much bad shit on a platform to where you’re having false positives on your friends like that, what good’s the platform? (I should also mention, on this subject, that I’ve missed more than one death post over the years. One was a family member of a friend. One was the friend herself. Found out she was dead 8 months later. Those are just the ones I know about and can remember at the moment.)
Between all of the other platforms I’m still on, even if I don’t have an email address for you (still missing 70 of those), I have at least some tentative contact with all but 18 of you. I’m not gonna be as noisy about it as I do it, but I’ll keep trying to reach the rest of you. I’m gonna start leaving other platforms over time, though, if this experiment works out. Insta’s next, because, obviously, same company. That one’s happening soon, but I’ll be active on there for a little bit, because I have an audience for some of what I do there that I’d like to bring with me, and because I still wanna try to rustle up some more of y’all, too. Not in that order. From there, Twitter, and then Google. Google’s gonna take a while, though. There are other Internet companies that are also bad news (Twitter and Google come to mind as the worst), and I hope to get away from them for good soon, too, but I had to start somewhere, and somewhere was here, at what I think is the worst of the three.
I hope I’ll be able to stay away from the platform (and as I’ve said through this whole ordeal, I don’t know if I will; I’m a pretty strong-willed person who quit drinking on my own, so take that as you will), but I also hope that some people will follow me elsewhere. Or, hell, even if you don’t put that much value on being in contact and friendly with me, I hope that you’ll see this and consider leaving here anyway.
For the last time here, my relevant contact information is at scottcrawford.org/contact (I’ll be screenshotting this post and putting it on the main page of that site, as well), and I’m still reachable here until 12 PM Eastern Time.
Wish me luck, and I, of course, wish you luck, as well.
Update 01/20/20 12:06 PM: