silo quits are public statements by individuals announcing they have publicly quit posting on or using (at all) various silos, either with intended permanence, or temporarily (sometimes referred to as taking a "social media break").
Future silo quitters
Silo quits announced far in advance, either based on a specific future date or a particular event that does not have a specific date associated with it yet.
next indieweb goal: quit goodreads
since 2k13, it's been An Amazon Company, and kinda hides that fact in all its branding/about materials
- 1 Future silo quitters
- 2 Silo quitters 2018
- 3 Silo quitters 2017
- 4 Silo quitters 2016
- 5 Silo quitters 2015
- 6 Silo quitters 2014
- 7 Silo quitters 2013
- 8 Silo quitters 2012
- 9 Silo quitters 2007
- 10 Silo quitters ...
- 11 Silo quitters years ago
- 12 Purging Rather Than Quitting
- 13 See Also
[…] Goodreads is definitely a silo-quit goal for me in 2018.
Meredith L Patterson consideringStack Overflow - 2016-02-08 https://twitter.com/maradydd/status/696656959706112000
Considering deleting my @StackOverflow account. Haven't wanted to login in years, and my answers are now being farmed for editing rep.... and https://twitter.com/maradydd/status/696657390301790208
[...] Sanctimonious edit spam.
Instagram - upon having a child. 2015-12-13 Kylie Jenner Plans to Leave Instagram Once She Has a Kid
Silo quitters 2018
I’m leaving IG, I’m going back to Twitter. They take shit down off my page with out notifying me. #censorthesenuts"
- Following his quit he began posting images of nothing but black to his Instagram account, presumably in protest.
- Story on Business Insider
2018-03-24 Quit Snapchat announced on Twitter
I stopped using snap. The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll...no bueno
SpaceX and Tesla
2018-03-23 Facebook page quits:
- 2018-03-23 The Verge: Elon Musk has removed Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook pages after Twitter challenge
During a tweetstorm, Elon Musk has removed both of his companies’ Facebook pages after being challenged to do so by a few of his followers. The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive. Each had around 2.6 million followers.
- "I didn’t realize there was one. Will do." @elonmusk
- "yasssssssss" @RMac18
- "yasssssssss" @RMac18
- "slayyyyyyyy" @RMac18
- "slayyyyyyyy" @RMac18
Multiple Facebook Quitters
- 2018-03-21 the New York Times profiled various people quitting Facebook in relation to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
- 2018-03-21 Announced he had deleted his Facebook account on his own website:
I've officially deleted my Facebook account, and it will disappear completely from Facebook within 14 days. It feels great. I hope they go down in flames.
- Jonathan LaCour had previously downloaded and archived much of his content on his own website before quitting. He published a blog post about how he did it.
- Jonathan LaCour also tombstoned his Instagram account on January 13, 2018: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd6HunOBMJ1/
- 2018-03-20 Singer/Actress Cher deleted her Facebook account
- "OK …….JUST LEFT FACEBOOK🙌🏻"
- 2018-03-20 "2day I did something VERY HARD 4 me.Facebook has helped me with my Charity, &there are amazing young Ppl there.I have a special friend (Lauren)who I Respect & Admire,but today I deleted my Facebook account. I Love My🇺🇸🙏🏻. I Believe....There are Things MORE”IMPORTANT”THAN💰💰"
- 2018-03-20 "To be completely honest, I have not used Facebook in forever, but I kept it out of respect🙌🏻 For my friend,the help they’d Given me & help they were going to be give me when FREE THE WILD Was completely up on it feet.Strange...we are Ready Now😥"
- 2018-03-20 Actress Tea Leoni quit Facebook saying "This week, I’m leaving Facebook. It’s the spreading of misinformation during and since the 2016 election, and the unauthorized sharing of personal information—just can’t be here under these circumstances. I hope Facebook finds a better path. For now, I’ll be on Twitter. xoxtéa"
- 2018-03-20 Director-writer Adam McKay quit Facebook.
- 2018-03-20 "Facebook account officially deleted. I’m a free man. I’m naked on a junk in the Hong Kong harbor now doing Tai Chi. Oh shit. I’m trapped in an HSBC commercial. Ahhh!"
- 2018-03-20 "So is there a way to erase my Facebook account or just deactivate? https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/975862983275380736"
In case it helps give others the strength, I deleted my Facebook account four days ago and my current rejoice-to-regret ratio is 100:1. Facebook has been an unfun wasteland for years. I deleted my 14-yr-old Facebook account. It’s nice to no longer live with the hypocrisy of giving my data to a company that I think does more harm than good, that’s irresponsible with said data, that’s so far up its own ass that it’s in over its head. All the photos though... (1/2) The hurdle to get over was the years of photos, mine and other people’s, that are stored there. FB let’s you download all your data, but if, like me, its just the photos you want: I used a Chrome extension called DownAlbum to quickly download entire FB albums. (2/2)
- 2018-03-18 Technology journalist and IndieWeb proponent Leo Laporte announced he had deleted his Facebook account the night before on his online show This Week in Tech, episode 658 (see discussion of the Facebook story at ~26 minutes into the show). He had previously quit Facebook, but came back to it because it was a space he felt he needed to cover as a technology journalist. "This is not the first time I'll quit Facebook, but this is the last," he said.
Jack Monroe2018-03-01 Jack Monroe quit Twitter account @BoostStrapCook: Very sad to write this, but it's for the best.
I'm coming off Twitter for the good of my mental health.
- 2018-02-06 Actor Jim Carrey quit Facebook saying "I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook"
~2018-02-05 @rafaorr quit Facebook per:
- 2018-01-08 : Well, here we go. I just deleted my Twitter account (which I haven't really used in a year or so). I'm all in on micro.blog and the amazing community there.
- See also https://micro.blog/EddieHinkle/261383
After a lot of dithering and coming up with reasons not to I have finally deactivated both my Twitter and Facebook accounts... Do I worry about someone taking my name in future when it can be recycled? No. This blog and my primary email accounts (.me.uk and .blog) are the canonical representation of me on the internet and I don't need anything else.
Silo quitters 2017
2017-12-02 quit Twitter:
- 2017-12-02 : I've been on Twitter for 10 years! I think this is a good time to retire. I just don't get the value out of Twitter I used to.
- 2017-12-02 : At some point—I don't know exactly when—Twitter started to become like Facebook. It's no longer a place for geeks to share wacky ideas, but rather a stream of consciousness and self promotion, manipulated for "engagement." Read: controversy.
- 2017-12-02 : Even friends and people I know well in-person have been conditioned to barf things on Twitter that they would never say in polite company. It's hard to read that here then hang with them IRL and put that stuff out of my mind.
- 2017-12-02 : I’ve been avoiding Twitter for at least a year. Some will say it’s because of the election—I mostly disagree; the election simply amplified what was already there.
- 2017-12-02 : Some will say I’m following the “wrong people”—with that I also disagree. I’ve changed who I’m following many times. Never satisifed. It’s not just the people—it’s the atmosphere and possibly the engagement algorithm.
- 2017-12-02 : Lastly, I don’t like what Twitter has done with the platform (if you can call it that any more). They ran off the API developers and hackers. They tweaked the algorithm and started notifying me of every little thing to draw me back in artificially.
- 2017-12-02 : This isn’t a rage quit. Twitter and I have simply grown apart. I no longer need this dependency.
- 2017-12-02 : Where will I go? Lately I’ve been playing around on Mastodon, http://sdf.org , http://tilde.town , peer-to-peer indieweb, and IRC. I’m a geek and a digital nomad.
- 2017-12-02 : So, with that long explanation, I will sign off. I love you all! I will see many of you in various other places. Send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org. (I’ll wait a few days, download my tweet archive, then delete my account.) ❤️❤️❤️👋
2017-11-09 quit Twitter except for two subsequent tweets citing additional sources for his reasons for quitting:
- 2017-12-17 https://twitter.com/nelson/status/943234596119879680 linking to https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/internal-emails-show-twitter-struggled-to-interpret-its-own
- 2017-12-27 https://twitter.com/nelson/status/946165350210531328 linking to https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/opinion/digital-nazi-hunter-trump.html
I've quit Twitter because of management and policy. Find me on Mastodon: https://lgbt.io/@nelson
2017-08-26 temporarily quit Twitter through 2017-12-31:
Mark Damon Hughes
2017-04-23 quit Twitter:
2017-01-03 quit Twitter:
- 2018-02-01 New York Times: I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great
It has been one year and 28 days since my last tweet.
- 2018-03-15 Toward the end of an The Atlantic Interview Podcast, Coates positively indicated he was done with Twitter and would NEVER be coming back to it.
Sherman Alexie, novelist
2017-01-01 quit Twitter:
Silo quitters 2016
2016-12-22 Instagram (possibly others? temporary ”Holiday from Social Internet”)
… I have decided to get off the Social Internet for the near foreseeable future.
… Perhaps restricting myself to the blog is the right way to balance what’s important and what’s not. …
Instead of Instagram (which Inhave [sic] shutdown for a few weeks including making it private), I will post photos in full size on my photo blog, Om.blog.
It’s overdue, but the new TOS pushed me to act. Tonight I liberated my Evernote content. Likely will import into laverna.cc.
But, with the way 2016 has been, and things going on in my life offline, I decided to step away. So, on December 1st I stopped tweeting, uninstalled the app from my phone and took the drastic step of deleting all 13K plus of my old tweets.
- On Leaving Twitter
I can’t really leave Twitter, because I don’t want someone else to take my username. But I did make my account private and I unfollowed everybody. If you @-mention me, I’ll never know.
- 2017-08-22 returned: https://twitter.com/brentsimmons/status/900056075717591041
(Yes, I’m back on Twitter.)
Done ~ Gonna see what http://microformats.org/wiki/hresume is about now
(finally) deleted my Flickr account, cya Verizon! ... if you were following me on Flickr, you can find me @ http://500px.com/igrigorik
2016-07-18 Facebook, Twitter, Path, Google+, Flickr, Camarilla
- I deleted all my social media accounts. Keeping everything up to date was a huge time sink. It also affected my mood as I was getting annoyed by all the crap Facebook and others put in my face while I just want to see what's happening with my friends and family. I reverted to chat, email and RL visits. I'm much happier now. I never looked back.
Joe "begriffs" Nelson
Deleted my twitter account and went back to the original social network. Been off Twitter for months and rarely think about it anymore. Primarily using email to talk with people now and have found we have higher quality conversations.
Deleting my http://app.net account in case any other timburks out there wants it.
Replacing it evidently with IndieWeb usage, next tweet in reply:
Picked up one of those "indieweb" domains: http://timburks.me
2016-03-17 Twitter, Facebook
- 'Everyone could know what I was doing': the millennials not using social media
“One day I realized I’m spending so much time doing this. These little seconds add up. I wonder what it would be like if I didn’t spend these seconds here and spent them doing something else. What if I was doing other things with these seconds? What would they become? Would I enjoy it?”
- Twitter Has Become a Park Filled With Bats and Perverts
I’m quitting Twitter for a specific, practical reason: Because I keep getting bothered by assholes and perverts and Twitter doesn’t seem willing or able to do anything about it. I’m quitting Twitter the way you quit your favorite restaurant when it suffers an E. coli outbreak. I'm quitting Twitter for the simple fact that Twitter’s been bumming me out.
- Too many people have peed in the pool
It’s no big deal – as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my twitter account. I’ve ‘left’ twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room. I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad.
2016-01-01 George DeMet (founder & CEO Palantir) quit Facebook:
Silo quitters 2015
- 2015-12-03 Work in Progress: The Future of (My) Web (Part 1, Leaving Facebook) (and tweet)
I deleted my Facebook account on 10th November 2015. This time there's no going back.
I have posted before about my decision to leave Facebook. In fact, that was almost exactly 2 years ago. I tried to leave. It didn't work. Six months later I returned.
The main reason for my return was that Facebook had become the single place where my friends organised social events. I was locked in.
Disabled the Instagram account. Next is Google stuff. Then Facebook. Not sure about Twitter yet. #indieweb]Emphasis added.
- 2015-11-05 Essena O'Neill: Instagram and YouTube stars rush to prove their posts aren't fake
O’Neill had over 600,000 followers until she left Instagram and YouTube, claiming popular users such as herself present an edited and ultimately fake version of reality.
- 2016-01-06 Instagram Star Essena O'Neill Breaks Her Silence on Quitting Social Media
The 19-year old Internet star made global headlines when she posted a YouTube video explaining her decision to quit Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr in November
Removed all of my photos from #GooglePhotos - another small step to owning my data. Flickr may be more problematical! #ownyourdata #indieweb]Emphasis added.
Just finished migrating all of my bookmarked articles from the silo of #Evernote into my own @withknown site #ownyourdata #indieweb #known]
Whedon said, is that he chose to embrace his longstanding desire post–Age of Ultron to reclaim his personal life and creative spark — and that meant saying goodbye to Twitter.
Whedon laid out a portrait of the constant noise of Twitter and his complicated relationship to it to explain what eventually led him to leave.
“Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict. … I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what, if I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.”
A couple of months ago I decided to quit Facebook once and for all, and stop considering it an inevitability of my digital identity. Its business strategy had always creeped me out, even before the advent of frictionless sharing, which is something bad labeled as something good. Nothing I’ve done throughout the years has ever fully succeeded in toning down the sources of creepiness, from the so-called Facebook envy to the feeling I have that even the smartest of my friends become shallow, babbling dummies the moment they open Facebook—which makes me certain that I too, in their eyes, must appear the same way, even more than my offline self does.
Facebook (except to stay "up to date on how it works") https://www.facebook.com/dangillmor/posts/1757944654431393
Please don't be insulted if I don't accept friend requests -- I'm using FB solely to make sure I'm up to date on how it works, and will be spending very little time here. So it's unlikely I'd catch up with you this way in any case.his last post on his Facebook profile.
Twitter (and perhaps other "social media") https://twitter.com/graydon_pub/status/556131987564408832
Think it's time for a social media break. See y'all in a while.
- 2015-04-06: 3 months later, returned to Twitter: https://twitter.com/graydon_pub/status/586263366844477441
… I returned to twitter …
Silo quitters 2014
A few people have recently asked me why I left facebook. Mostly, it was because I was compulsively checking it for no real reason. Yes, I miss out on the heartwarming stories that people post, and I miss out on hearing what my friends are doing in places far and near. But I also miss out on tracking cookies, being an outlet for advertising, and siloing my data in Facebook's vaults.
Mostly, I've decided to implement the #indieweb. This is a set Principles which I think the web is missing out on. [...]
Decided to move all my blog posts from Medium and Tumblr back to my own site http://bradcolbow.com/blog.html
Chuq Von Rospach
- 2014-06-29: Announced he is probably leaving Facebook in one week.
- Facebook Steps In It
My bottom line is that I keep looking for ways to spend less time on Facebook because I get very little value for the time spent there — I’d rather put that time into more productive things. Facebook just isn’t that interesting or useful, and I’m not thrilled with their tendency to set policies that ignore the needs and interests of their users in favor of things that benefit Facebook.
- 2014-06-06 Dear Facebook, Goodbye
In honor of the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden's revelations and in effort to #ResetTheNet, I am leaving Facebook. I will first download all my pictures, updates, and private messages and then delete my account data.
- 2014-05-06 Tyler Finck: Antisocial Networking
Last weekend I deleted my Instagram account, my Facebook Page, and my Google+ profile. [...]
Over the past year I’ve tweaked my website almost every month, editing code and experimenting live. I’ve also started to create content two or three times a month. This site has become the place that I’m ready to host almost everything I make. The one stop Tyler Finck shop, which sounds horrible but is the best summary of the journey that I didn’t even know I was on until very recently. [...]
Note: I plan on keeping my Twitter account active because after six years of use I still love it. My Flickr stream will soon become private as a means of backup and my Tumblr panoramas will be rolled into tylerfinck.com. Vimeo/YouTube? I’m not entirely sure what to do with them (since I utilize those sites only to serve up content). My love/hate relationship with Dribbble continues, and I’m still experimenting with Soundcloud.
- 2014-04-16 Doug McKown: Why I’m Quitting Facebook
[Strong emphasis in original]
I’ve already deleted my Pinterest, Google+, and Tumblr account, but still have too many accounts to manage: Facebook, two Instagram accounts, and three Twitter accounts. I’m closing both Instagram accounts and my Facebook account.
I want to own and control my content.
Neil Gaiman is taking a ~6 month break from "social media", as announced in:
- Where did I go? Out. What did I do? Nothing. OR, why I'm coming back to the blog once more... , which refers to an earlier piece in :
- The Guardian on by : Neil Gaiman prepares for social media 'sabbatical'
He is, however, still blogging on his own site:
- 2014-03-31 Eat24 (company): A Breakup Letter to Facebook from Eat24:
We’ll pack our things and be gone by 11:59pm on Monday night. Yes, you read that right. Eat24, the company that is always telling customers to Like our page, post on our wall, and ask us for coupons on Facebook… is deleting its Facebook. This is real.
- 2014-03-21 Dadepo Aderemi: Getting Personal:
I am avoiding Facebook by all means now. I still keep using twitter though, but majorly as a source of discovery for things around my area of professional interests, and once in a while, a place to engage in ephemerial and disjointed rants. If I have something on my mind I really feel the need to share or capture, I write a coherent post instead. No, sorry: fusilade of tweets is no longer for me.
- 2014-03-28 Michael Garvin (gar) started self-hosting project code Time for gitlab
Of course, with github you still can own your data, git is a decentralized version control system so you have a complete copy of everything even on your local clone. The things github provides (that are also the data you do not control) are things like issues. Things that are the real ‘community’ part of your project. As my friend @baldwin said to me earlier today, “It’s interesting that github seems to have re-centralized git.”
- 2014-09-09 Sebastiaan Andeweg left Facebook (deactivating), after downloading the data-package they provide. Not everything seems to be in there, and it's certainly not easily parsed, but it's enough to not reactivate when in search for a memory. I did leave partly to get more time and space in my head, partly because I just did not want to have the feeling of being analysed all day.
Silo quitters 2013
- An Open Challenge to App.net:
"I am no longer publishing content to my App.net account until I can syndicate my content to their service without writing a single line of code."
Silo quitters 2012
Silo quitters 2007
- 2007-04-06 Leo Laporte leaves Twitter for Jaiku Laporte tweeted: “I’ve asked Ev to delete my Twitter account. I’m concerned about confusion with TWiT. I’m moving to Jaiku: account is ChiefTWiT. CU there!” followed by “I should never have trademarked TWiT. Curse you Ev. Couldn’t you have called this Odeoer or something?”
- According to Scoble's post:
we’re having dinner with Lisa Stone and Chris Carfi and Chris says Leo is the “Twitter quitter.” The reason Leo’s leaving Twitter is significant is because Leo kicked off the Twitter hype by talking about Twitter on his show, TWiT (This Week in Tech) about two weeks before SXSW.
- 2007-04-08 Being part of his technology journalism beat, Laporte rejoined Twitter days later.
- 2018-01-16 Laporte is apparently suing Twitter for it's move into audio/video space:TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and trademark infringement
Silo quitters ...
Silo quitters years ago
Purging Rather Than Quitting
- 2017-07-14 I Flushed The Last 9 Years Of My Facebook Profile
I flushed the the last 9 years of my Facebook profile over the last couple of days. Instead of deleting my account, I just cleaned up everything except what I have posted in 2017. In the future I will make it a yearly ritual to flush the previous year of my Facebook profile
- getting started
- Posts about the indie web
- #DigitalCleanse (via )
- 2015-09-30 The Telegraph: Why do celebrities like Lena Dunham leave Twitter?
- 2018-03-08 Instagram silo-quit: https://instagram.com/p/BgD-k5KFpm8/
I’m quitting Instagram. Here’s why. […]
- delete your account
- 2018-03-26 Ben Werdmüller quit Instagram and left a final post in place: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgzsAZQltSQ/?taken-by=ben.werdmuller
This is my final Instagram post. If you want to continue to see my photos, please keep in touch at werd.io. I will not participate in this.
- 2018-04-26 returned a month later with this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiDzbpIFKf6
Monkey, God of Pens, says “Ben’s back, which was inevitable”.
- 2018-04-26 returned a month later with this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiDzbpIFKf6
- 2018-04-07 Buzzfeed: Teens Also Sometimes Quit Social Media
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43781281 "It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion," [Wetherspoons CEO] Mr Martin added.
- https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/4/28/17293056/facebook-deletefacebook-social-network-monopoly I’ve never managed to leave Facebook of my own accord. My year off Facebook was kind of my choice, but was really because Facebook temporarily banned me until I agreed to stop impersonating a Pokemon.
- 2018-07-20 Maggie Haberman quitting using Twitter as dialog: Maggie Haberman: Why I Needed to Pull Back From Twitter
After nearly nine years and 187,000 tweets, I have used Twitter enough to know that it no longer works well for me. I will re-engage eventually, but in a different way.
- "With exception of breaking news and my own stories, taking a break from this platform. No reason or prompt other than that it’s not really helping the discourse." @maggieNYT July 15, 2018
- 2018-07-22 Halsted M. Bernard quit Instagram with this last post: Thank you for viewing! I'll continue to share at cygnoir.net. See you there.