Facebook sharing has gotten out of hand. Gone are the days when we shared what we wanted to share rather than having everything we read, watch, listen to, or simply open pop up on our friends’ feed.
I am deleting every single app I have that can be classified as “obnoxious” (in that it posts to my wall or any other aspects of Facebook without my explicit intention to do so). It was in reading this nice little article on CNET that I realized the truth and started understanding why I have been using Facebook less and less lately.
It bugs the heck out of me. I used to see what I want to see. Now I see what Facebook and app developers want me to see. My friends are bugging me and I am pretty sure that at least half of them don’t even realize they’re doing it.
Open Graph is ruining sharing. That’s the premise of the CNET article and it makes sense. I will no longer be part of the problem. You shouldn’t either.
Go to your Apps. Remove any of the ones that you don’t want to use. If it’s a posting or sharing app, delete it. Seamless sharing is not real sharing. It’s oversharing. It’s irrelevent sharing. If you want to share something, share it. Don’t let an app tell your world every move you’re making. Nobody cares. “Proactive sharing” makes more sense. Have we grown so lazy that we need an app to tell our story to the world? Can’t we take the extra step to push a button when there’s something truly interesting that we want to share?
Does anyone really care what you’re listening to right now or what article you just read?
No. If the song, video, picture, or story was interesting enough, you would have proactively posted it to your wall. Those are the things we want to see.
Spread the word.
Until you can get all of your friends to do the same thing (by sharing this story, for instance) you can always hide the apps and the stories themselves: