Ok. I've created this hubzilla channel to see how it works, what it can do, and decide if it can replace several fa*ebook instances.
The idea is to set up our channels here gradually. Then inform friends, acquaintances, FB page followers that we're moving to hubzilla, give them some time to check it out and follow us here, then close our FB accounts.
I'm not new to this type of thing.
In 2010 we moved our office and personal computer devices from MS Windows to open source Linux Ubuntu. We took a year to do it. Learning how Ubuntu works, replacing MS software with open source, like Open Office, Thunderbird, Gimp, Bluefish, Filezilla, on the Windows machines, so that users could get familiar with these before actually moving to Ubuntu. Ensuring everyone was positively on board for the move. Installing Ubuntu on new hard disks, move over user files and in a flash have Ubuntu up and running for everyone. That's one less (multiple) MS customer, we're not harvested for data, we are saving time and money.
We moved completely away from BigG's mail system. All email is on our own websites. No data miners there. Except one single account, since long used as a sort of emergency account in case there are issues with our own mail. We never had any data on their cloud services, or any other cloud service. No backups, not anything. Simple local backups. I've looked for alternative smartphone OS's but apparently all promising initiatives have become defunct. So, we're still on Android, and oh yes, that demands a dedicated *mail account as an umbrella for all the data that BigG collects from the phone and its personally identied user.
My own account has never been that active. I'm not really a social media type. But we do have a few pages related to promoting our services and our clients' products. Lately we had actually tested how the FB advertising works. Somewhere along the line FB charged and subtracted an unexplained amount. Not a large amount, really, but no reaction on our request for explanation.
Put it together with unabridged fake news, the whole Cambridge Analytica matter, Trumpian manipulation, Brexit manipulation, FB making people's worlds smaller, tigher, stressier, by constantly feeding them more of what they're already into. Plus, real friends leaving FB.
The big hulk behemoths, with gazillions of net worth and cash, billionaire babyfaces forging the downfall of privacy, manipulating individual will and society, are going to far.