Last week saw ‘Quit Facebook Day,’ a day set up by a Canada-based duo Matthew Millan and Joseph Dee, who wanted to get the masses to quit the social networking site after the controversy surrounding its privacy rules.
Unsurprisingly, the day was a huge flop with only 33,000 users reportedly quitting.
But why? Especially when so many people have been complaining about the site?
The fact is Facebook has become an integral part of modern life. Just like you couldn’t imagine living without a mobile phone, most people now can’t imagine living without Facebook.
Think about how many times your phone breaks, or the signal leaves more to be desired. You don’t turn round and say ‘well, that’s it I’m quitting mobile phones.’ Hell, most people won’t even go through the hassle of changing service providers!
Facebook is the same. Yes, it has its negatives but they are far out-weighed by its positives and despite the rise of other social networking sites such as diaspora I still don’t think Facebook will fall from grace for a very long time.
I’ve had my profile for 6 years and keep in touch with friends and family all over the world. It’s used for arranging events, sending birthday wishes, making friends, joining new activities and god knows how many other things.
Socially, it’s become a lifeline and the idea of having to start all over again elsewhere is quite frankly, not something I can be bothered with.
And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I’ve just got back from a university reunion in sunny (yes, really) Preston, Lancs and Facebook was integral in organising it. Where else can 14 people liaise so easily – and for free?
And to be honest – is the privacy thing that hard?
Of course online privacy is incredibly important but I feel strongly that it’s the user’s responsibility to ensure that they have their settings how they want.
Social networking sites are essentially a business and what they sell is YOUR personal details and access to your likes and dislikes.
The owners of the sites have no commercial interest in making things too easy. As long as the privacy options are there they have covered their responsibility, it’s up to us to utilise them.