Facebook Exodus Planned for May 31: Will You Quit?

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    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?
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    May 15, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    in my opinion Facebook is a good networking site, but it has gotten too big to handle itself, so i think they should do what youtube did and sell, Youtube runs better now then it ever did and it keeps getting better cuz Google bought Youtube
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    May 15, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    It's just annoying most of the time. I went to see Eddie Izzard the other day and the girl sitting in front of me was taking pictures of him with her iphone the whole time and putting them on her facebook while the show was on. That sort of sums up what I hate about facebook,

    The differences between something like RJ and facebook are:
    -You can meet new people on RJ.
    -There are forums to discuss thing, whether they are inane or important. Most of the time facebook is just pointless chatter about hundreds of identical photos.
    -Facebook seems like it was designed to make everyone feel way more self conscious. It's like there is this pressure to always be with other people and doing things to keep up your social status.
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    May 15, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    Twitter >>>>>>>>>>

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    May 15, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    I am lucky actually, they deleted my personal account!! LOL

    I was a little to controversial and up front and I guess I was getting to many friends. I am not even going to do a fan site.

    I do have an add campaign with my company that is very effective. So what's this tell you...hint...hint....

    FACEBOOK IS ONE BIG PHISHING AND SPAM SITE

    I like twitter.
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    May 15, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    luvitohateit saidTwitter >>>>>>>>>>

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    Yes...and your point when I see everyone sending that muscle hunk stuff all over facebook.....
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    May 15, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    Interesting idea. I am so close to wanting to delete my facebook account. If it weren't for all my contacts, I probably would.

    I remember when I first joined facebook, I thought it was so private----you had to register to be able to search for people or you had to have a validated university e-mail account (that's how i first joined) to even open an account. Ironically, now though, privacy is a concern with facebook trying to find ways to share your personal information with partners.

    And before anyone starts with the "don't share any information that you want private" or the "you can change the privacy settings", I think it's sneaky of facebook to default to sharing a user's information and the user having to actively opt out. It should be the reverse---privacy should be the default; and the user should opt in to information sharing with facebook's partners.

    I've stopped updating facebook or posting anything other than the occasional "happy birthday!". Even with the latest forced change with the "Page Links" in the info page of your profile, I didn't bother updating that. So now no one knows where I work, where I went to school, my hobbies, etc....and with with all the privacy changes, I don't even care---I don't know how facebook is going to use that info.

    So...does anyone know what the next social networking fad is? I may move on to that.
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    May 15, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    HTownRunner saidInteresting idea. I am so close to wanting to delete my facebook account. If it weren't for all my contacts, I probably would.

    I remember when I first joined facebook, I thought it was so private----you had to register to be able to search for people or you had to have a validated university e-mail account (that's how i first joined) to even open an account. Ironically, now though, privacy is a concern with facebook trying to find ways to share your personal information with partners.

    And before anyone starts with the "don't share any information that you want private" or the "you can change the privacy settings", I think it's sneaky of facebook to default to sharing a user's information and the user having to actively opt out. It should be the reverse---privacy should be the default; and the user should opt in to information sharing with facebook's partners.

    I've stopped updating facebook or posting anything other than the occasional "happy birthday!". Even with the latest forced change with the "Page Links" in the info page of your profile, I didn't bother updating that. So now no one knows where I work, where I went to school, my hobbies, etc....and with with all the privacy changes, I don't even care---I don't know how facebook is going to use that info.

    So...does anyone know what the next social networking fad is? I may move on to that.


    Actually....TWITTER has a huge amount of apps and it is poised to rival most if not all...it's still in the blooming stages. It's just what I have been reading over and over. I have 3 twitter accounts!
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    May 15, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    i doubt it.
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    May 15, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    I use facebook to keep in touch with my friends and relatives that live all across the world, so I do not think I will give that one up. I did delete my business account with them today. You sit there and friend all these people that you think would be good for your business and others friend you because they think you would be good for their business and it just does not work out like it should. I also deleted my personal twitter account just because I can say more to my friends on facebook instead of a limited amount on twitter. However, I did keep my business twitter account because I have done more business off of it than anywhere else I have tried plus it is linked to my linkdin account and using them together really works.

    So in summary I use facebook for personal stuff, twitter and linkdin for business.
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    May 15, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    I'll join and then quit just to make a point.
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    May 15, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    shyshortguy saidI'll join and then quit just to make a point.


    No no. You join it and love it until it rejects you. Then once it rejects you, you tell it it's not that hot, and you never really liked it that much anyway. Then you join Twitter and act like a whore and rub it in Facebook's face. icon_cool.gif

    Up until Twitter rejects you, then the whole process starts over again... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 15, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    No.

    I think people should learn to use the privacy panel control before joining a movement like this one.
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    May 15, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    nv7_ saidNo no. You join it and love it until it rejects you. Then once it rejects you, you tell it it's not that hot, and you never really liked it that much anyway. Then you join Twitter and act like a whore and rub it in Facebook's face. icon_cool.gif

    Up until Twitter rejects you, then the whole process starts over again... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Lol, NV. That was great! :-)
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    May 15, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Sigh, it sounds like the people who never read the Terms and Conditions before committing to a contract....
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    May 15, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    Won't quit Facebook. This is where I keep in touch with relatives and people I knew in school and college. Last summer, it was because of Facebook that a bunch of college friends and I all met for a weekend in our old university town. I hadn't seen most of them in about twenty years and now two of my friends will be coming to my town to stay with me over the weekend in a few weeks to see one our old favorite eighties band in concert. Never would have found them again without Facebook.
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    May 15, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    heartrobb saidWon't quit Facebook. This is where I keep in touch with relatives and people I knew in school and college. Last summer, it was because of Facebook that a bunch of college friends and I all met for a weekend in our old university town. I hadn't seen most of them in about twenty years and now two of my friends will be coming to my town to stay with me over the weekend in a few weeks to see one our old favorite eighties band in concert. Never would have found them again without Facebook.


    Yeah I have found the same. My best mate from primary school, lost touch in junior high school and I tried everything to find him. Finally got on FB and we're back in touch! Awesome.
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    May 15, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    I generally read them. Unfortunately I don't have time to read every ToS and EULA every time they update it for every site. I didn't get out when I had the chance...now its only deactivate, there's no "delete."
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    May 15, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    AussieBody saidSigh, it sounds like the people who never read the Terms and Conditions before committing to a contract....


    except they change their TOS on a regular basis. So when I signed up 5+ years ago there was a TOS which was drastically different from the current. in theory shouldnt I be grandfathered into the old contract and they shouldnt be allowed to change the contract until they ask my permission
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    May 15, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
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    AussieBody saidSigh, it sounds like the people who never read the Terms and Conditions before committing to a contract....


    except they change their TOS on a regular basis. So when I signed up 5+ years ago there was a TOS which was drastically different from the current. in theory shouldnt I be grandfathered into the old contract and they shouldnt be allowed to change the contract until they ask my permission


    Nope, like most industries, they simply need to INFORM you when they make changes, as they do so all too regularly when you log in. They don't need to ask your permission. Of course ToC need to change regularly, particularly for an ever evolving site like FB- it'd be unhealthy not to. I think they can afford to be a little more transparent and send emails rather than small notifications, however their privacy now is fantastic- especially the option to let you view how your profile appears in searches.

    It is the net, not some secure government repository that is holding your information- if you have serious concerns about how the info is used then either be extremely careful, do not give any personal info, or do not use it at all.
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    May 15, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    I set my account for deletion yesterday. I just don't trust the site anymore. Also I rarely use it anyways. I log on like once a week if that.
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    May 15, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Ohh how stupid, just don't post personal things, it's that simple!!!
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    May 15, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    AussieBody said
    chungo44 said
    AussieBody saidSigh, it sounds like the people who never read the Terms and Conditions before committing to a contract....


    except they change their TOS on a regular basis. So when I signed up 5+ years ago there was a TOS which was drastically different from the current. in theory shouldnt I be grandfathered into the old contract and they shouldnt be allowed to change the contract until they ask my permission


    Nope, like most industries, they simply need to INFORM you when they make changes, as they do so all too regularly when you log in. They don't need to ask your permission. Of course ToC need to change regularly, particularly for an ever evolving site like FB- it'd be unhealthy not to. I think they can afford to be a little more transparent and send emails rather than small notifications, however their privacy now is fantastic- especially the option to let you view how your profile appears in searches.

    It is the net, not some secure government repository that is holding your information- if you have serious concerns about how the info is used then either be extremely careful, do not give any personal info, or do not use it at all.


    I dont think I rarely log in as i am rarely logged out, and I have not been notified of a change in TOS in ages certainly not when they decided to share my information with partners
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    May 15, 2010 8:42 AM GMT
    Depends on the use. If you use it to add new friends in underwear, well then HELL-O, you are signing your own death there.

    I use it to network with people I have worked, will work or am working with and I cant believe how useful it has been. On a business side, it attracts traffic to your own company with the Ads and allows you to develop more possible client relationships when you use it appropriately ....but if youre just dinging your dong on your default pictures,...what can you really expect? Facebook aint MySpace yet, MySpace is still the new BootyCall.
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    May 15, 2010 8:43 AM GMT
    Jmuscle33 saidOhh how stupid, just don't post personal things, it's that simple!!!


    Yup