Tag: Connections

Farewell, Facebook; Tara, Twitter!

What seems like absolute eons ago now, I deactivated my Facebook account, in case I ever wanted to return but with the intention of never returning to the …erm, be nice. That was back in 2011, and I wrote about it here.

I’ve never looked back.

Never missed it, and never gave it a thought apart from reading and hearing about all of the shenanigans that they and their associates have been getting up to.

I was at a loose end (I know… me! Can you believe it!?) so I did one of the most stupid things anyone can ever do when at a loose end. I Googled myself. Imagine my horror when I saw an early photo of me staring back at me, full name in lights from my ‘inactive’ Facebook account.

Right! I thought, and set about trying to log into my account, using the details that I thought I could remember, but obviously couldn’t. My associated email addresses had been deleted years ago, so I had no way of getting a new password sent to me.

No problem, said Facebook. Just keep trying to log in.


I remembered I had an old computer still set up in another room, so off I went, switched it on (and the beautiful thing powered up first time – not connected to the internet, but I didn’t need that!). I opened the internet browser, which screamed at me saying “NO INTERNET CONNECTION!”  (which I already knew about!) but I went to the saved passwords section. All of my old usernames and passwords were there, for which I am eternally grateful for not throwing the old computer away in the first place! Being a hoarder comes in handy at times!

I trotted back to my current computer, and entered the details. I had remembered them correctly, I’d just had the bloomin’ caps lock on, as you always seem to do in times of desperate need.

I logged into my Facebook account, and reminisced for a few seconds when I saw all of the folk who I used to be ‘friends’ with. Reminiscing over, I promptly ‘unfriended’ everyone, and then downloaded a nifty package which, according to Facebook, held all of the information they had on me. Not that I don’t trust them, but I don’t trust them. That file is now waiting to be read.

My next job was to delete my account completely. Could I find the ‘delete my account’ option? Not at first.

I found an area where I could have my account deleted if someone else informed them that I’d popped my clogs after I’d popped my clogs, but I didn’t want that. I wanted my account gone now. Eventually, I found the option, buried in the ‘deactivate my account’ section, with messages such as ‘if you go, you can never come back’ kind of thing. If I wanted to go back, I’d just set up a new account, not that I will, so it didn’t matter anyway.

I now have to wait 14 days for the account to be deleted from the site, and if I want to stop the deactivation I merely need to log back onto my account to request it. I haven’t been there for seven years, so I can’t see me doing that within the next 14 days.

I Googled myself once more and that image of me has miraculously disappeared. How unusual for it to be so quick. Who’d have thunk?

I also stopped using Twitter around the same time in 2011, so decided to delete that account as well. I only had celebrities following me there, and was quite surprised to see how many were still following me, considering I hadn’t sent a tweet since what seems like the mid 1970s. I also had a share option for my posts on this blog for Twitter, but I’ve removed that… I don’t think it was used by anyone anyway.

So, blogging is now my only form of social media interaction. I don’t class blogging as social media, so it doesn’t have any of the negative connotations that come with that umbrella heading.

I shall end this post with a screenshot of the message I got from Twitter, after years of no use:

I’m not sure whether that’s nice or not, but never mind. I’ve moved on.


Let’s Party!!!

Welcome to the Mansion!

Welcome to Beyond the Sphere!

My name is Tom, and I shall be your host for the next 24 hours. In a roundabout way, that is. I won’t actually be getting onto the blog until just after 19:00 UK time, Friday evening, as I have real life stuff to do in the hours in between (sleep / eat/ stroll around the Lake – those kinds of things!), but this is a party for everyone. And not in a political way, I’m pleased to add.

Firstly, thank you for calling by. If you’ve been here before, you know that you are always welcome, and I am really grateful for your visits. If you haven’t been here before, then hello! Pleased to meet you! Please pop a comment below with a link to your blog if you have one, and I shall call by over the weekend. There’s a lot going on this weekend, but I will endeavour to fit everything in.

There are many posts on this blog – I’ve done a fair bit of writing over the past few years. And some of it actually makes sense! There are some corkers of bad posts as well, if you happen to stumble across some of those (if you go for a look around, that is!) either ignore that you’ve seen it, or just pretend it’s the best thing you’ve ever read and move on swiftly. I won’t mind either way. There are some menu options up there, at the top of the blog, which lead off in various different avenues. The Mansion section (within the Features menu) is currently a work in progress, so there aren’t many links in there at present, although there are loads of posts tagged or categorised ‘The Mansion’ which will give you a brief understanding of just how crazy things are around here at times. And believe you me, they are.

Now, this is a blog party with a theme, which will become clear as time moves on. The theme is (see – I told you it would become clear!) Party Like It’s 1999! In the comments, if possible, add something linked to 1999. If not possible, just comment. And comment on other’s comments. And visit those other commenter’s blogs. I’d like this to be a really interactive experience if possible, bringing new bloggers together all over the world, and beyond.

I’m hoping things will get going a little. Or a lot. We’ll see… short notices tend not to work very well.

Ah. I feel a musical interlude coming on (although this is from a few years before 1999 (1994 actually) it fits in rather well):

If you’re feeling rather shy, or can’t think of what to write in the comments, don’t worry! I came up with a quick list the other day for some theme-based ideas, but you may have something better… if not, I’ll add the list again here. You could comment on…

  • 1999 music – pop on a quick link to a music video if you so wish

  • 1999 food – a quick and easy recipe idea so we can all make something quick and tasty whilst we’re at the virtual party

  • 1999 tale – a quick and comical anecdote from 1999; or perhaps a 1999 joke (there has to be one!)

  • 1999 art – perhaps you have a piece of art related to 1999 you’d like to share – or create, even!

  • 1999 poetry – someone must have a poem related to 1999, surely!

  • 1999 – anything. And if you don’t have anything 1999 related, don’t worry – pop along anyway.

  • Or bring a friend – if you think a friend from another blog you follow may be interested in calling by the Mansion – mention the party to them so they can call by and say Hi, if they so wish (and recommending one of their favourite posts on their blog is an easy way to introduce themselves). I shall be switching off the comment moderation thingy for the party, so the door will be open, so comment, Comment, COMMENT! I will reply (I promise – and I shall be catching up with all of the comments shortly as well… I’m nothing if not busy these days!)

Just have fun. Make like it’s 1999.

In some ways, it actually is!

I shall see you later!