One Great Read 0004 – Your Data Is Safe With Me

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So, about that once-a-week thing… Don’t worry though. I figured out a better system for choosing reads for this list and I have a bunch of them all queued up and ready for you.

Unless you completely avoid news, which BTW is really good for your health, you’ve likely seen a lot of news around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Shortly after it all happened, I was going through my todo list and came upon an item that read, “Request your personal data from Cambridge Analytica. It was from last year. Needless to say, I hadn’t gotten around to checking that todo item off my list.

Anyone with Facebook should most definitely download their data. Even if you never use it, download your data and see what they have on you. You’ll probably be as surprised as Brian X. Chen from the New York Times was. He wrote an article called “I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.”

So, yeah…


I deleted my Facebook account today. It’s the second time I’ve done this and I don’t think I’ll be going back. I’m trying to be more focused. Twitter and Tumblr provide so much more value and I’d like to think I contribute back. That’s the power of a social network. I despise everything that Facebook stands for and I need to just be a better friend and family member to those I care about instead of just waiting for them to post something on Facebook.

Facebook is pretty much useless for musicians at this point.

Facebook is pretty much useless for musicians at this point.

This is my logic.


– Facebook’s IPO mess has made several billion dollars in value just up and vanish from the U.S. economy. 

– Facebook’s value is based on the views generated by user-created content, such as status updates. Status updates hus have an inflated value.

– You have updated your status a number of times.


– Your status updates hurt America.


BUS YOUR OWN TRAY: Let’s Talk About Unfollowing People.

BUS YOUR OWN TRAY: Let’s Talk About Unfollowing People.