Gadael Gweplyfr | Leaving Facebook

[cy]Dros y penwythnos, ddaru mi penderfynu o’r diwedd i gloi’n cyfrif ar Facebook.[/cy]
[en]So, this Sunday I finally hit the ‘Deactivate My Account’ button on Facebook.[/en]

Paid Gadael! | Don't leave!

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Pam? Fyswn i’n hoffi dweud bod o dros ryw reswm ideolegol, neu fy mod i’n protestio dros reswm X neu Y, ond y gwir yw fy mod i wedi diflasu a’r peth. Yn wir, rheswm preifatrwydd yw’r cam diwethaf, ond y gwir yw doedd fawr ddim mwy i’r peth.

Fe ddaeth i’r amlwg ar ôl cynhadledd F8 Facebook wythnos diwethaf fod y gwefan yn gwneud newidiadau sylfaenol i’w ffordd o weithio. I mi, y peth mwyaf diddorol oedd bod hi nawr yn bosib i bartneriaid fel Spotify a’r New York Post cysylltu gyda’ch cyfrif Facebook a phostio i’ch wal eich bod chi wedi darllen rhyw erthygl neu wrando ar ryw gan yn awtomatig (fysai Netflix hefyd yn gwneud hyn, ‘blaw am fod deddf yn yr UDA yn nadu iddynt wneud).

Yr ateb yn aml i sefyllfaoedd fel ‘ma yw eich bod chi wedi cytuno i ddefnyddio’r gwasanaeth, ac eich bod chi’n gallu allgofnodi o’r gwefan i nadu Facebook cael mynediad i’ch data heb i chi fod ar y gwefan. Fel arfer, fyswn i yn cytuno… ond, gwnes i ddarllen erthygl ddiddorol gan blogiwr o’r enw Nik Cubrilovic: Logging out of Facebook is not enough. Yn yr erthygl, mae’n datgan manylion ei waith i edrych mewn i’r ffordd mae Facebook yn ymdrin â cookies. Mae’n ymddangos bod Facebook, hyd yn oed os eich bod chi wedi taro’r botwm “Log Out” yn gallu eich dilyn chi os bod elfen Facebook ar y gwefan (e.e. y botwm “Like”). Dwi di’n synnu gan pa mor dan-din maen nhw’n gwneud y fath beth, gan fy mod i’n teimlo bod trwy allgofnodi, da chi’n dweud ‘dyna ni, dwi wedi darfod’. Yn fy marn i, mae Facebook yn ysbeio ar bobl sy’n ceisio cymryd ei phreifatrwydd o ddifrif.

Hwnnw oedd y peth diwethaf i ddweud y gwir, ond mae’n benderfyniad dwi di bod yn osgoi ers peth amser nawr. Ddaru mi ond ymuno a’r peth oherwydd bod cyn-gariad wedi gorfodi fi i wneud. Y peth dwi di sylwi oedd bod 300 “ffrind” ar y gwefan unai yn bobl dwi heb siarad hefo ers blynyddoedd (hen gyfeillion ysgol ayyb), pobl dwi’n siarad hefo yn fwy aml ar Twitter/Google+, neu bobl dwi’n e-bostio’n weddol gyson. Y gwir yw, doedd Facebook ddim yn werth yr amser o’n i yn buddsoddi yn y peth.

Ydw i’n argymell i chi adael y peth? Dwi ddim yn rhy siŵr. Os bod chi’n teimlo eich bod chi wir yn cael defnydd allan o’r peth, mae’n syniad da i chi aros. Os ddim, meddyliwch yn galed os bod chi wir angen ffordd i gadw mewn cysylltiad gyda’r person ‘na o’r ysgol, neu’r hogan ‘na o’r coleg. Mae’n debygol fyswch chi’n darganfod, fel fi, eich bod chi wir heb siarad mewn blynyddoedd, ac eich bod chi ddim am fethu nhw.

Reit, nol i weithio…
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Why? I’d like to pretend it’s because of some massive ideological issue, or that I’m making a stand on X or Y, but honestly it’s because I’m bored of it. Yes, a privacy issue was the final straw, but there’s little more to it than that.

So, the final straw came after Facebook announced some changes over the last week at its F8 conference, where it announced a re-design to the interface, and some API tweeks. For me, the most interesting were to do with the ability of partners such as Spotify to automatically post what you’re listening to on your wall. The same system could also be used for sites like the New York Post to post the articles you’ve read, and as soon as they get a law repealed, what films you’ve watched in Netflix.

Now, the normal response to this sort of thing is that you’ve opted in to using the service, and if you don’t want Facebook to track what you’re up to, then log out. Ordinarily, I’d agree with you, except for a rather interesting article Logging out of Facebook is not enough where a blogger called Nik Cubrilovic shares his insights into how the Facebook login cookies work. It seems that even when logged out, Facebook can still obtain and track your activities when you visit a website with any of its elements loaded (e.g. the ‘Like’ button). In my view, this is a particularly underhanded thing to do, since the logout should be the last interaction you have with that website. By surreptitiously gathering user data with (what is essentially) a hidden bit of code, Facebook is spying on those users who’ve made an effort to take their privacy seriously.

So, that was the straw, but it’s a decision I’ve been putting off for some time now. I only really got into the whole thing because my Ex kept bothering me to join the damned thing. What I realised is that the 300-odd people I have listed as “friends” are either those I lost contact with years ago (people I went to primary/secondary school with), people I follow on Twitter/Google+, or people I email on a semi-regular basis. What little time I invested in it isn’t showing a return, and I’ve got better things to do with my time.

Am I saying you lot should leave it too? Honestly, I don’t know. If you feel like you’re getting something out of it, then keep using it. Otherwise, consider if you really need a way to keep in touch with that annoying guy you went to primary school with who keeps posting pictures of his drunken nights out in your old home town, or that girl you knew at University who keeps posting pictures of her kids. Like me, you’ll probably discover that you’ve grown so far apart, you won’t miss them at all.

Now, back to work…
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11 Responses to Gadael Gweplyfr | Leaving Facebook

  1. Sian says:

    Likes this

  2. Adam Rollings says:

    Like, I’m stuck, I want to close FB but there are people who I do want to keep in touch with who haven’t started using G+ yet, even if they have got an account.

  3. Carl Morris says:

    Dw i wastad yn werthfawrogi dy flog, gobeithio fydd mwy o bethau yna, ar y we agored, nawr!

  4. Carl Morris says:

    Gyda llaw dw i ddim yn derbyn y term ‘Gweplyfr’. Mae Facebook yn gwmni! Fel pobol yn y maes digidol dylen ni siarad amdano fe fel cwmni nid fel e-bost neu y we neu rhywbeth sydd yn safon agored.

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  6. Alan says:

    Adam – it depends if they want to keep in touch with you – they can always move to Google+ as well !

  7. Richard says:

    Gadawes i Facebook ond roedd rhaid i fi ail-ymuno achos gwaith (gweinyddu tudalen)😦 Roedd rhaid i fi rhoi fy rhif ffon symudol iddynt hefyd!

  8. Scatman Dan says:

    In the case of the privacy issues, deactivating your account isn’t really enough. In fact, actually closing your account (which isn’t the same thing: be careful that you choose the right one!) isn’t really enough. Their web bugs are pervasive and bastardy.

    I’m aware that you’re now hosts-file-hacking your way around those, which is a pretty good solution, but can I take a moment to recommend Ghostery, which does an even better job of blocking virtually all of the most nefarious web bugs, as well as helping you stay aware of exactly how ubiquitous they are.

    Of course, the privacy issues still remain, sadly: by pillaging the address books of your less-security-conscious friends, Facebook can still probably build as much of a personal profile on you as they have on me, with my basic, simplified Facebook account. And that’ll remain the case until they lose a lot more market share. But still: the first step is the largest, and all that.

    Do you see your mistake, though? 300+ people? WTF? Mine tends to be at under 100, and it makes the whole thing far more-usable. I log in once in a while, but mostly I just use it as a portal to pimp my blog, because others seem to benefit from that. To each their own, I guess.

    Anyway: nothing new in this blog post; just the same old things we’ve all read before (and most of us with privacy-thoughts have thought about before)! But I’m glad that you’ve done the right thing for you, in any case.

  9. scatmania says:

    Looks like you caved in the end…

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