Quit Facebook Day: Delete Your Facebook Account

Quit Facebook Day encourages you to delete Facebook accounts on 31 May 2010, if you are fed up of Facebook and its privacy issues.

@mmilan and @josephdee, who have set up this Quit Facebook website to promote it suggest this reason for quitting Facebook.

For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn’t do a good job in either department. Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren’t fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don’t think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future.

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Recently Wired proclaimed that Facebook had gone rogue and called on the web ecosystem to find an open alternative. Facebook privacy has evolved over the years, and not a day goes by when top blogs don’t keep reminding us. Gizmodo gives you more reasons to quit Facebook and RWW talks about why privacy is still important to you and me.

If you fill in your email there, you will get a one time reminder email on the morning of May 31th, to remind you to ditch your Facebook account. Here is how you can delete your facebook account, or let services like Suicide machine do it for you. #quitfacebookday has started trending on Twitter.

We are not deleting our Facebook page and you can still fan it (like it). Are you deleting your facebook account on May 31 2010?

Results: Eventually over 34,000 pledged to quit facebook as per the site counter. How many actually quit Facebook is difficult to say. TheRegister calls it a flop and say the low number is probably more a reflection of how hard it is to break the Facebook habit. Mashable says Facebook has emerged from this round of privacy warfare relatively unscathed.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.