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► Five Years Facebook-Free
five years have gone by since I left the world of social networking. It
was around November of 2011 when I kicked Facebook to the curb for it's
been thinking about quitting Facebook for quite some time, but what
sealed the deal is when Facebook hijacked my account and demanded that
if I wanted to regain access to it, I'd have to give them my mobile
phone number. (Yes, that actually happened.) Well, there was no way in
hell Facebook was going to extort private information from me, but now
both my personal page and business page were sitting in limbo because I
couldn't access my account to delete them. I contacted the Better
Business Bureau who intervened and helped me get my Facebook account
successfully shut down.
Most people would not have given a second thought to giving up their
mobile phone number to keep their Facebook account, but I'm not most
keep a very close eye on my personal information, which is why I'm a
fine print reader. I
read the fine print for every online service I join and on every
sign. I look for red flags, the most common being ambiguous
terminology. Several times over the years, I've had to amend documents
before signing them, whether they were release forms, indemnity
agreements, or contracts. When it comes to social networking
sites, however, there are only two choices:
Sign up, or don't sign up.
Once social networking services learned they could generate vast
amounts of revenue by collecting and selling their members'
socialgraphic information, social networking was (somewhat
transparently) transformed into a huge data mining industry. Social
networking users became a product to be sold. To maximize the value of
their product, social networking sites did everything they could to
make you want to post, click, like, pin, comment, and share more than
ever. Being the fine print reader I am, I read through the continually
changing privacy policies of sites like Facebook and Google, and I
didn't like what I saw. They were getting away with making it seem like
users had more privacy than they really did. After the Facebook fiasco, I deleted my
Google account. Shortly after, I let go of my LinkedIn account and
stopped Tweeting over similar privacy concerns.
I value my privacy very highly. My business address is public because
it has to be, but there are maybe thirty people in the entire world
who know where I actually live. My mobile phone number, the same one
I've had since the 1990's, has
never been made public. And the GPS on my phone is permanently disabled.
If maintaining privacy were my only concern, I could rejoin the social
networking scene under an alias, but the truth is that I don't want to
be that connected to everyone
I know. I don't have the time nor desire to be privy to the everyday
details of people's
lives, likewise, I'm quite confident not many people want to need to
know the details
There are some drawbacks to be detached from social networking, though.
the drawbacks, being disconnected from
social networking suits my lifestyle. I'm busy with my business year
round, and when spring and summer get here, I'll be back on the bike
trails and tennis courts. The little bit of sharing I do is privately
with friends, usually through texting or email, and whatever I publicly
share, I can share from my website. The tweeting, posting, pinning and
liking will have to wait for another day. Maybe when I'm retired.
younger people in the music industry, use Facebook, Instagram, and
Twitter as their only forms of contact. They grew up with social
networking, so they don't give any thought to
publicizing a phone number or email address.
missed a few
funerals, fundraisers, and other important events over the past few
years because the news never made it beyond the domain of Facebook.
Facebook account and the ability to "Like" are occasionally required
these days to enter sweepstakes or to receive service discounts.
nearly 80% of all Americans are on Facebook, some people see the
non-Facebook user as being odd or eccentric, or worse yet, maybe he or
she is a sex offender or some other sort of criminal.
► The History of the Kerler House
a Christmas present to my mom this year, I spent about 80 hours
researching the history of her 112-year-old house and putting it all
together in the form of a website.
Finally Available on Amazon
took 118 days for my music to become available on Amazon.com. According
the CD Baby, Amazon was mistakenly flagging my material as
"non compliant content". It's a shame that it took nearly four months
correct this error.
I extend my apology for the delay to
those of you who subscribe
to Amazon. And I want to caution musicians that digital distribution,
even though you pay for it,
is truly a crapshoot. There's no better way to describe it. CD Baby got
my music distributed to some services, such as Apple iTunes
and Spotify, right away. But an error caused placement on Amazon to
take nearly four
months, and placement on Pandora is apparently still a work in
Baby re-delivered my music
to Pandora in November, so hopefully it will become available
Since all of my music is available for immediate download right here on
my website, and, in
light of the surge of interest in "O
Holy Night" after it was aired on
Milwaukee radio the other weekend, I am offering a special
holiday sale on my website. From now through December 25th, enjoy
discounts on the downloads of "O Holy
Night" and the entire "Holidays
In Music" album!
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