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Local man turns to classified ads to get message to friends after quitting Facebook

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  • I still love you all! How do you connect with friends after you quit social media? Go old-school with pre-internet techology! Photo/Classified ads, Fréttablaðið.

Sometimes it's hard to understand how people managed before the Internet. How, for example, did people manage to stay in touch before we had Facebook and other social media? Well, for example there were newspapers and classified ads.

This morning, a local man, Bjarki Karlsson, decided to make use of the classifieds to assure his friends and acquaintances that he still existed and that he did not hate them. The reason? Bjarki had left Facebook a couple of weeks ago and thought he should try to make use of the pre-Facebook social media! 

Classified ad, Facebook

Pre-Facebook How do you let people know you have quit Facebook? Photo/Classified ads in Fréttablaðið

The ad, which ran in today's Fréttablaðið newspaper read:

I want to assure those of you who miss me from your friends list on Facebook that I'm not cross with you, nor have I blocked you. I simply left Facebook and closed my account. At least for the time being. 

I still love all of you!. 

Bjarki Karlsson

Bjarki told the local news site Vísir that he thought a classified ad was the best way to calm friends and family who thought he had blocked them on Facebook: "People were coming up to me, asking me if I had blocked them."

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Bjarki explained to Vísir that he had decided that Facebook was simply consuming too much of his time, but when he left Facebook a couple of weeks ago all traces of him on the popular social media platform disappeared, causing concern among his friends and acquaintances. Since you can't post an announcement on Facebook that you have quit Facebook, Bjarki's friends didn't know what had happened to him. 

Bjarki Karlsson

Bjarki Karlsson Friends worried what had happened when Bjarki disappeared from Facebook. Photo/GVA

"Back in the day people frequently used the classified ads to publish personal statements. Often times men used the classifieds to apoligize publicly for things which they had done or said while drunk. This is probably the only medium in modern society, other than going back on Facebook to let people know."

The classified ads in local newspapers, especially in the first half of the 20th century, were frequently used for the kinds of public notices Bjarki describes. He told Vísir that he hadn't gotten much of an reaction to the classified ad "People can't contact me as easily since I'm not on Facebook!"

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