May 15, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
Facebook Exodus Planned for May 31: Will You Quit?
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When Facebook launched its Open Graph API and brought instant personalization to the web it probably didn’t expect users to revolt — but they are. In light of growing concerns around user privacy, Matthew Milan and Joseph Dee are attempting to mobilize a formal Facebook revolt with Quit Facebook Day.
The purpose of the site is to encourage those “sick of Facebook’s lack of respect for your data” to quit the social networking site. Users can “commit to quit” with their Twitter handle or name and join the others publicly pledging to do so in unison.
The delete-your-Facebook movement — scheduled for May 31 — has yet to attract too many pledges, but with anti-Facebook sentiment on the rise that could change in the near future. In fact, yesterday Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land noticed that “how do i delete my facebook account” is now one of the top Google (Google) suggestions when typing “how do i …” in the search box.
Plus, we know that Facebook’s recent privacy blunders, phishing scams and the controversy around instant personalization are erroding user confidence in the social network. Anti-Facebook chatter has become so loud that NYU students aiming to build a Facebook alternative have raised more than $137,000 from thousands of supporters with nothing more than an idea.
The question still remains: Are users so concerned that they would take the drastic step to quit Facebook altogether? Let us know where you stand. Will you quit Facebook?