How I (don't) use Facebook
Dear Facebook friend,
I like you and I want to chat with you, just not on Facebook!
My Facebook account is there to reach you where you are, but I do not hang out there. Please join me at Free and Open spaces instead - via email, IRC or Jabber…
Good old email
If you cannot be bothered with change, then simply email me!
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org like always
If you are in a hurry and do not use Jabber yet, then try use my Simple Groupchat.
Use guest login if you are not a user at jones.dk.
Jabber is similar to email: You need 1) an account somewhere, 2) some client application setup to use that account, and 3) the address of those you want to connect.
- Register an account at e.g. Indonesian http://jabin.org/ or some other server.
- Install a Jabber client program…:
- Invite me as your friend/buddy: my Jabber ID is email@example.com
- Tell your friends to do the same!
Many computer geeks hang out on IRC. I find it ugly and clumsy to use, but most of my techie friends are there, so I recommend going there to discuss technical matters.
On OFTC my nickname is jonas, and I often hang out at the chatroom #debian-devel (plus a few others).
Why not Facebook?
Facebook is a closed system: all activities happen at one central place.
Email, Jabber and IRC are open protocols, exchanging between many Free systems (and some non-free ones as well).
Imagine having an overprotecting mother, who allow you only to meet your friends at one spot in town - where she can look after you.
You maybe have no secrets from your mom, but probably still appreciate the option of being alone - to have some privacy.
Facebook is that one spot in town. Jabber is "let's go meet somewhere".