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Facebook Fail Friday: Quit Facebook Day

At the time of writing, 12,470 people have committed to quit Facebook on May 31st. They call it Quit Facebook Day and it’s a reaction to, like Wired describes it, the social network gone rogue. We’d like to give these thousands of people the same advice as we’d give to those who want to stop smoking, gambling, or doing drugs: stop the drama! JUST DO IT. Today. In the next five minutes. Here’s the link to delete your Facebook account and commit Facebook suicide.

And by the way, you’ll want to delete, instead of deactivate:

If you deactivate your account, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the service. However, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), so if you want to reactivate at some point, your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and expect their information to be there when they return to the service.

If you permanently delete your account, all personally identifiable information associated with your account will be purged from our database. This includes information like your name, email address, mailing address, and IM screen name. Copies of some material (photos, notes, etc.) may remain in our servers for technical reasons, but this material is disassociated from any personal identifiers and completely inaccessible to other users. Facebook also does not use content associated with accounts that have been deactivated or deleted.

Seriously, why wait if you’re that concerned about your privacy? Don’t keep your hopes up for a “deus ex machina” ordered by Mark Zuckerberg on May 30th, because it’s not going to happen or should you? Or might it be that you’re just not sure about quitting. Well then, take your privacy into your own hands right now and have a look at ReclaimPrivacy.org, a browser-based tool that will scan your Facebook privacy settings and give you suggestions on how to protect your data from the public eye.

Make sure you let us know about your plans to quit the site or not, by voting in our new poll (look for it to your left). And if you think Quit Facebook Day is rather boring, just consider Upside Down Facebook Day instead!

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Facebook Fail Friday: Quit Facebook Day Posted by on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 PM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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