The early days of Facebook were much different from now. The site layout and profile pages were very basic, and the young and reckless didn’t have to worry about family members or employers stumbling across their questionable photos.
As the site loosened membership requirements, I initially perceived the expansion as a good thing. I reconnected with childhood friends and high school classmates, and as a budding photographer, I loved sharing photos and receiving feedback from those on my friends list.
But as Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I’ve decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.