Create accounts on Mastodon and/or Signal and explore the features available.
Create posts, chat with your friends, have an opinion on what you like and what you don’t like.
Let your friends know how to find you on Mastodon or Signal.
Update your Facebook profile pic, cover image or bio to tell them you’re participating.
Reduce the amount of time you spend on Facebook as much as you can.
Give yourself a chance to feel what life is like without Facebook.
If only 1 out of 1000 people who hear about #fbfreefeb participate then we need more help reaching the 999 than we do reaching the 1. Helping us reach more people will actually make more of a difference than participating, of course we really want you to do both.
For now use the hashtag #fbfreefeb and tell people about us and/or link them to this site. We’ll post updates here and on the blog when we have prepared content to share.
Use the #fbfreefeb hashtag when posting on Mastodon that way others can find content. Let us know what you think, what you like, what you don’t like.
Set your facebook profile to this picture to let people know you’re participating. In the description let them know why you’re participating, how they can find you, and don’t forget to link back here.
Reduce your time on Facebook
If you can stop using Facebook apps altogether that’s great, but it’s also probably not realistic, if for no other reason than to get your friends to join us, too. Many of us will have family or friends that we need to stay in touch with, who aren’t going to join our experiment.
Here are some tips for participating while still using Facebook:
Look but don’t touch!
Check your apps, but don’t react or reply during the month. If a response can’t wait use phone, email or text to reply (where possible).
Customize your feed
In Facebook, customize your feed so that the people you need to keep up with are set to see first. Unfollowing pages or groups doesn’t remove your membership, but means their posts won’t show up in your timeline, so you won’t get sidetracked.
Customize your notifications
Disable notifications entirely so that you’re only tempted to check for updates when you want to. Alternatively, turn on notifications only for the people you don’t want to miss updates from.