You don't need FB for anything other than a profile ID to be able to connect to the cloud / neighbours. Once linked, the profile ID is used to connect to the FM cloud, nothing more.enkeli63 wrote:I did create the FB account yesterday and was able to back-up my game data I will post in the FB thread, but if any of you would be interested in being my neighbor, I would be honoured! You've all been so helpful to me and I really appreciate it and would love to get to know you better. My url is https://www.facebook.com/enkeli.hawk
Edit: that link doesn't seem to work. I don't know if I have something set wrong, but I do have it so anyone can search for me, so if that link doesn't work, you could try the search for "Enkeli Hawk" Sorry I'm not even sure how things work on FB!! lol I'm such a newb!
You don't even have to visit the FB site, once your account is setup. (Only for adding new neighbours/friends).
I fully understand the opposition you have against FB, they ARE data harvesters and try to get as much from you as they can get away with, so they can either use it for marketing themselves or sell on the data (big bucks!). I used to have a link to a calculator which shows you how much the data is worth that you're giving in return for using FB (or Google, or any other).
If you wish to minimise the amount of data they can get, always log off from FB when you're done. That way they can only gather anonymous data through those like buttons you'll see everywhere.
And to answer the original question, yes, it is possible to play without neighbors. The suggested Titanium Backup is one I can recommend highly (I'm using it on several devices), the downside of it is that you need to be rooted (superuser) and can have only 1 backup (so keeping only the last) while using the free version. The paid version allows up to 50 backups!
Now that you have a FB account, make sure to save to the cloud regularly yourself. The automated system does NOT always works, in my experience it rarely does.
I hope you'll enjoy your neighbours!