A Small Stand Against Facebook Messenger

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FROM THE DESK OF: Deo

I’ve had Facebook since the summer of 2004. Back then, it was still called “thefacebook” and it was only limited to selected universities. I never liked when they made updates to the site to change it. When they made it so that news feed would show up on the front page, I was like, what the hell, it’s not a facebook anymore, but I got used to it. I got used to all of their updates that basically say my online identity is being sold to the highest bidder. It’s always been too useful to give up: I need it because every one is on it. Most of my contacts are on facebook and its just easier to use it that way. There is no real reason to delete it, unless you have a bunch of stalkers.

A few months ago, I found out that uninstalling Facebook can save 15% of your phones battery life. I immediately uninstalled it. Battery life, as you probably know, is the most precious thing on earth these days—and 15% is too good to pass up. The best part of uninstalling is that all you had to do was open chrome or any browser and type facebook.com and it would automatically take you to a mobile Facebook site that already looks exactly like the app—except without it draining your battery and selling your soul to the highest bidder. So that’s exactly what I did. There is also another feature made uninstalling better: You didn’t need to download messenger. Roughly 80% of my Facebook friends have messenger, but I refused to download it as the Facebook app is already a battery drainer, why the heck should I download two Facebook apps? That’s like 30% of your phones battery life! No thanks!

I think at some point Facebook realized it was easier to just uninstall them and use a browser to open their mobile site, so they decided to bully me once again. Last month, when I opened Facebook to check a messenger, it said this:

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Ugh

They were deleting the messenger feature from their mobile site—basically bullying people to download another Facebook app! I refuse to download their stupid app, so I just figured, screw it, I don’t need messenger anymore—I can wait until I’m not on my phone to check Facebook messages. I will not be bullied into downloading apps, Facebook!

You might be thinking, why don’t you just go on the normal desktop site and check your messages that way. Facebook also thought of this and they made it almost impossible to do! There use to be a feature right on the bottom that said “Desktop Site Version” or something like that. I could have used that to check messages, but now its gone and any kind typing www.facebook.com will no longer take you to a desktop site but to their mobile site. They are really pushing me to download the messenger app. I almost relented, but then I thought, why don’t I ask my better, more mature friend, Google, how to access a Facebook desktop site through the mobile phone—and that’s exactly what I did.

Here is what you type to access the desktop Facebook version on your phone (for the purpose of being able to check and send messages because you don’t want to download their stupid messenger app): www.facebook.com/home.php?m2w

Bam! A small victory, but I’ll take it.

Screw you, Facebook!

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