I am thinking of deleting my facebook account, which i have had for many years.
I have registered with a few servers, running freer social networks: mastodon, Friendica, diaspora and here at hubzilla.org.
I aim to try out all these systems, so i can select one to run myself one day, for my friends and family on facebook.
(one other candidate is citadel, the groupware server. I am a long standing member of the developers own server/community
and it would fit the bill, even though not directly intended to replace features found in most social network systems, and it's
100% FOSS: http://citadel.org/doku.php
and the devs server: http://uncensored.citadel.org/
(this started as a BBS 30 years ago http://citadel.org/doku.php/documentation:citadel_past_present_and_future#citadel.past.present.and.future)
I have a common story to tell. I have a large family, and many i have not met in real life, being spread out over the world. Some of my family, and also my real friends, are not contactable, in any easy way other than facebook. So deleting my account there would really hurt, but one day delete i will. None of my family, and very few of my friends, either know or care about privacy issues -- even my computer savvy friends.
As the big facebook/Cambridge analytica story is in the news, highlighting data collection and selling for profit, i hope some of my friends and family might start to question the true cost of: free social networks, and free webmail accounts.
I think the keyword in trying to persuade your friends and especially family, to try something different, is patience.
So i am in no rush, but want to start now, seriously, to wean my loved ones away from the delights of facebook et al...
Any suggestions, advocacy stories and your own experiences, are very - very welcome!