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“I Wish I Could Quit You,” Facebook.

June 4, 2010

Quit Facebook Day” — an attempt to cripple the world’s largest social networking site by encouraging dissatisfied users to leave en masse — has largely failed.

Probably because it was scheduled for Memorial Day — a national holiday. A lot of people had other things planned for that day.

A measly 30-some thousand quit. That may sound like a lot, but remember, Facebook has nearly half a billion users. It is the second-most visited website in the world, after Google.

Another reason the quit-together thing probably failed: the main reason folks are dissatisfied with Facebook is its chipping away at our default privacy settings over the years. And while it’s true Facebook is becoming increasingly open (those default settings keep getting more and more public), it’s also true that (as I noted a few days ago) Facebook responded to the most recent public outcry by pulling back a bit, and by offering a much-needed master privacy control that simplified privacy settings considerably.

So, when Facebook has taken steps to remedy our complaints (even if not entirely), why quit? We’re all too addicted. Especially when we have photos of our Memorial Day barbecues to upload!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 21, 2010 6:14 am

    we are riding this facebook wave straight into their meltdown … Google will own Facebook very soon

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