I used to publish a copy of my blog posts to Facebook. This is done automatically with the Sharing feature in WordPress. It works quite nicely.
But when I tried to purge my posts from Facebook, I realized there is no way to do it but one at a time. It takes FOREVER. I have now worked my way back to February 2013. Whenever I go into Facebook now, I try to purge a month’s worth of posts. That’s all I do. One post at a time.
Facebook has no way to batch delete material. They obviously and purposely make it very difficult and arduous, so nobody does it. It has become obvious to me that my material does not belong to me, but it belongs to Facebook. I am just the product they are marketing.
There are, supposedly, scripts you can download that somehow purge your entire timeline. I have tried several to no avail. Either they don’t work, or I don’t know how to make them work. I am stuck with deleting one post at a time.
Since I don’t remember exactly when I started sending posts to Facebook, and since there are over 2,200 posts in this blog, I have work to do.
I don’t think it will affect my readership here at all. I have done experiments before where I stopped posting for a month or two, and nobody noticed, nobody said anything, and my readership counts didn’t dip.
The moral of this story: Beware what you post on Facebook. It’s there for good, unless you work very hard and patiently to get it back off.
4 thoughts on “The Evil Side of Facebook”
Is that why you have not been posting as often these days?
No, not related. I stopped posting off to Facebook, but just been to busy to formulate meaningful thoughts at the end of the day. You noticed!
I did the same thing about a year ago and it took soooo long. But now I just keep up with it – every few weeks I go back and delete most of my posts.