DESPITE SUGGESTIONS to the contrary, the majority of Facebook users seem to be perfectly happy with the social notworking service. Or at least, they're not leaving it.
We assume this is because the quit Facebook day was not as popular as some might have thought. Despite Facebook being to privacy what pins are to balloon longevity, only about 30,000 people decided to dump the site, roughly the population of West Somerset.
At press time the site had roughly 35,000 confirmed quitters. However, it's roughly three days since the actual quit Facebook day, making the running counter something of a misnomer.
The site had some worthy aims of course, and in launching it the creators wrote, "The cumulative effects of what Facebook does now will not play out well in the future, and we care deeply about the future of the web as an open, safe and human place. We just can't see Facebook's current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we're leaving."
Once they decided to leave they felt that everyone else should follow their lead and set up their own non-social networking group to create a sort of groundswell of ill-feeling.
But, with the desire to stalk ex-girlfriends, snoop on sort-of friends photos, and 'like' stupid Youtube videos, all still some of the world's greatest pastimes, people have chosen to ignore that advice and stick with the site. Or maybe they're just lazy gits.
Of course, it isn't easy to quit Facebook. This isn't because it is as mercilessly addictive as, say, crack cocaine, but because Facebook has decided to make it so. Users cannot actually 'quit', they can only 'deactivate' and deactivated accounts can be reignited as quickly as a warehouse full of sawdust and kindling. So perhaps this has had some sort of impact.
We asked some Facebook users what they thought about it, but instead of answering they sent us to a link of a cat throwing up candy floss, and a version of a Lady Gaga song performed by a man in a dress, telling us all we didn't need to know about Facebook and its users in two simple moves.
However, for the record, we still think that, for individuals, having a page on Facebook is a bad idea. But maybe that's just us. µ
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