response for @parislemon on "why i still have a Facebook account"

MG Siegler who normally has something of substance to say, flames me
in techcrunch (really) for still having a Facebook account. my
response below


What a waste of a post.

Isn’t there a startup more deserving of this space on techcrunch–or
are you guys just trying to hit me every chance you get?

Silly. Sad. Stupid.

Here is an explanation for you, which will be in the
newsletter when i do 100 days off Facebook missive.

1. I had to reactivate my account because some services out there that
i need to look at (think companies I’m investing in, Unvarnished, etc)
ONLY allow you to login with Facebook.

2. I disconnected everything from posting there, but sometimes I will
use something old (like i did with and discover it’s
connected for syndication.

3. I removed all my stuff and exist as a “facebook ghost.”

Lesson learned: Facebook connect is so pervasive you can’t operate on
lot of new services without a FB account.

Now get back to work doing something intelligent MG…. I expect more
from you. :-)


  • Fred Grott

    Is TechCrunch becoming the Megan McCain of the tech coverage world, ie Irrevalent?

  • sam beal

    facebook changes to “.” as in http://.com
    facebook users saturate at ~2B.
    facebook users spend most of their time elsewhere due to the Goucho Marx effect (also attributed to
    to Woody Allen) I would not want to join a club that would have me.

  • Will

    Techcrunch really is sad lately. Launch is badly needed.