It’s Becoming Harder To Leave Facebook

Last week I posted about how I had logged out of Facebook for a week. This itself works but disabling your Facebook brings with it a whole series of complications. I disabled my account a few months ago to get away from it all and just have some time to myself but I found that it was a lot harder than just pressing disable. Many apps rely on Facebook login – We download apps and instead of registering as a users and filling in forms we click ‘Login with Facebook’

Log in with Facebook

Add that button and you’ve got the opportunity to get over a billion users

The problem is we are tying our self to Facebook, making it harder and harder to leave! Tinder is one app I know from research that you can only sign up to via Facebook – There is no standard sign up for it. The issue lies with how easy it is to implement Facebook login – I’ve done programming before on Android and it was so easy to do without having to worry about setting up server security and databases and everything else associated with it – Developers are choosing the quick and easy solution because it allows them to deploy updates quicker and they’re guaranteed a very high uptime percentage whereas if you’re deploying your login on your own server you need to manage it too and make sure updates aren’t going to break your apps. The sheer number of users on Facebook and the ease of signup makes it very attractive for developers and companies too, add that button and you’ve got the opportunity to get over a billion users.

All they need is your email address and password and it opens up a whole can of worms

It may feel like I’ve digressed but this is one of the big reasons why its so hard to leave Facebook, it is and it isn’t Facebook’s fault. It may be tedious but to get away from Facebook and the one profile for all applications mindset we need to start using native signups. The one profile for all applications brings with it a whole world of complications, if Facebook gets hacked and your profile leaks or your password is revealed, think how many applications they’ve instantly got access to. All they need is your email address and password and it opens up a whole can of worms. A lot of apps we have connected are ones we used years ago and have never disconnected but nonetheless I alone have 405 apps ‘Logged in with Facebook’

Facebook is almost impossible to completely leave

There is one way to log yourself out of every single application connected to your Facebook account and that is to disable the Facebook Platform. Issues arise from this though, all those apps and games you play, your progress is connected to your Facebook account so unless you’ve got a standard login thats not Facebook for that application, say goodbye to your progress and information. The original reason of this post was to explore why it was difficult to disable Facebook, and although it may not feel like I have, I actually have. If you disable your account then all of this happens. Facebook Platform is turned off because there is no account to log into and it will disconnect you from apps and your progress. Until we sift through all our apps connected to the social media giant we have to declare – Without ruining other apps, Facebook is almost impossible to completely leave.

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