Has that time finally arrived when people will feel, its better off to delete their Facebook account? If so, then May 31 is perhaps the D-Day, when hundreds and thousands of Facebook users are expected to log out of the website, which is currently the worlds largest socaial networking website.
A website called Quit Facebook Day, has set the last day of May as the day when, everyone keen to leave the social network should finally take the plunge and hit the Delete key. Several high profile technology pundits and celebs are kicking the world’s number one social networking site to the curb. Just on 7th May Begonia Infosys, posted a blog related to perils of social networking, Facebook popularity and infringment of privacy. Looks like people have taken note of the seroius violations of privacy.
Begonia Infosys published what Elliot Schrage, Vice President-Global Communications (Facebook) said 93These new products and features are designed to enhance personalization and promote social activity across the Internet while continuing to give users unprecedented control over what information they share, when they want to share it, and with whom94. Begonia Infosys had said that with Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg famously saying 93There is nothing private in social networking on internet.94 its really important to draw a line where people can use social networking websites freely but still maintain a level of privacy. There are several reasons why people are logging out of Facebook, some of the important ones being
An Open Secret
With the Facebook’s recent introduction of a platform that, it by default gives third-party companies access to members’ names, friend lists and hobbies to “personalize” their surfing experience, everything is an open secret. This means that when a member logs onto a partner site, such as Yelp or Pandora, the content displayed is shaped by their own interests, as well as the activities of their Facebook friends. With everything being out in the open, there is no privacy, however this feature can be disabled using a manual opt-out which is essential.
Dangers of Facebook
According to a security expert website, Facebook users unwittingly expose themselves to 5 dangers that might be beyond their control. As their information is shared with third parties; their privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign; malware from Facebook advertisements; fake profiles from scammers; bugs; hackings; spam; and real friends who unknowingly make them vulnerable.
Word of Mouth Campaign
According Google Canada reports that the top online search related to “Facebook account” is “delete Facebook,” while the fastest-rising related query is “deactivate Facebook account,” up 40% over the past 90 days. Worldwide, the search engine’s results on Facebook account deletion campaign has ballooned from 15.9 million to 19.5 million between May 11 and 13 alone. Rememeber that in a blog Begonia Infosys had reported that Facebook with a valuation of US$15 billion has 400 million members in total, still if in this pace people start logging out of Facebook, by 31st May 2010 the leading social networking website may lose out on the huge chunk of its subscribers.
The Rule Book
Bugs and Hacking
Begonia Infosys had also referred to a survey that indicated that 23% of Facebook92s users 93either didn92t know that the site offered privacy controls or chose not to use them.94 Begonia Infosys also reported in its blog about the recent news of sale of 1.5 million stolen Facebook a/c on the black market by a Russian hacker. Researchers at VeriSign iDefense Labs, an internet security firm found stolen login details of people on Facebook.com put on sale on a Russian website Carder.su, by the hacker called 91kirllos92; who was offering login information for bundles of 1,000 accounts with 10 or fewer friends on sale for just $25 (£16) and with more than 10, for $45 (£30).
Despite this Facebook rubbished these claims, saying that 91kirllos92 was making wild claims. Facebook said it tried to buy details from 91kirllos92 during its own investigation, the hacker was unable to produce anything. Then there was the case of a software glitch on Facebook; that let people92s friends in online communities, see each others92 private chat messages. Eventhough Facebook temporarily shut down its online chat feature saying 93When we received reports of the problem, our engineers promptly diagnosed it and temporarily disabled the chat function94 the damage was done.
According to Facebook, for peeks into private chat all Facebook users had to do was to manipulate the 93preview my profile94 feature in a particular way that led chat messages and pending friend requests to be made visible for a 93limited period of time94. The software glitch exposed the world92s leading online social-networking service which is increasingly being scrutinized regarding infringement of privacy of its users.
Probably for this reason mainly, people are trying to do everything to log out of Facebook. Lets see what happens on May 31st 2010.