May 31: "Quit Facebook Day'
Matthew Milan and Joseph Dee Create 'Quit Facebook Day'
Facebook has been hit by a public backlash over its (mis)handling of user content. Facebook held an all-staff meeting to deal with the fallout from a string of poor decisions; the details of the meeting have not been publicized. Hopefully, though, Mark Zuckerberg and company are ready to deal with "Quit Facebook Day" on May 31.
Matthew Milan and Joseph Dee formed a Quit Facebook Day site, referenced below. Only around 500 people have signed up, but for a site which has been treated by users as a utility, any organized mass account suicide shows which way the wind is blowing.
An event like this won't get thousands and thousands of users to quit the popular social-networking site, but it will prove that there's life after Facebook, and that your "real" friends will still be able-- and want-- to reach you should you leave the herd.
Says Joseph Dee,
Federating personal data without users understanding and consent is unethical.#quitfacebookday
Matthew Milan is serious about cutting the cord, and is in fact quitting Facebook on May 17, but does not think it's that big a deal:
The thing that amazes me the most about#quitfacebookday is that people seem to find what I'm doing to be unusual. It's a website! ;)
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.
We asked Milan if he had anything to add about why he was quitting Facebook and he said, "I want to reiterate is that privacy is not why I'm quitting FB - Privacy is a symptom of a set of larger issues, but for most, it's the easiest to understand."