Did you “quit” Facebook???

June 1, 2010  |  Facebook

The final numbers aren’t in yet.  But at first glance, it seems the “Quit Facebook” campaign is … well… a big bust.  Torontonians Joseph Dee and Matthew Milan came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago in response to the privacy concerns plaguing the social networking site.  They dreamed of a world where millions would simply walk away.  One of the funniest comments I saw about this whole thing was a tweet that asked  “Should I quit Facebook?  Decisions, decisions… I think I’ll have to update my Facebook status and see what my friends think.”  The irony here is inescapable.  In the end, it looks like only about 30,000 users actually may have quit.  Why is that cause for concern?  Let’s talk. (More…)

Facebook actually boasts more than 400 million users worldwide.  Even if 30,000 users did quit, that’s really just a drop in the bucket.  The trouble is, maybe we SHOULD have quit.  FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a very clever guy.  He’s made it extremely difficult for anyone to permanently delete their Facebook account.  You can “de-activate” it, but if you have a change of heart and decide to log in again, everything is restored.

If you look really, really hard, you can find a link buried deep inside the “Help” section that DOES allow you to permanently delete the account.  But it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, and that just isn’t fair.  Even if you DO delete your account, let’s face it.  Your information still belongs to Facebook and will float in cyberspace forever to be accessed by the people who know how.  Some of them are advertisers.  Some of them are marketers.  Some of them are criminals.

If nothing else, maybe this little experiment has shown Zuckerberg that there are dissenters in the crowd.  Give them long enough, and they just might get stronger and louder and more influential.  And someday… maybe someday… we will walk away.  In the meantime… Excuse me for a minute, would you?  I’ve got a friend request I need to take care of. ;-)

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  1. Great points, Sean… But I think it’s incumbent upon Facebook to make the system as user friendly as humanly possible… and that doesn’t seem to be on Mark Zuckerberg’s agenda. Remember “keep it simple, stupid”? I think it applies here more than ever. There’s a lot at stake… people’s safety, their security, and their peace of mind. In my view, Zuckerberg needs to step up to the plate and take responsibilty for all of that. One woman’s opinion. ;-)

  2. I heard about Quit Facebook Day on Facebook. Ironic, eh? I also found the link to your blog on Facebook so you tell me how successful the protest was. You can secure your personal info on Facebook, you just have to work really hard to do it. Do I like their opt-in approach to every new feature? Hell no, but again, you can turn stuff off if you dig and play around with the security settings. It’s very granular and they don’t make it easy but it can be done.

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