Quit Facebook Day: Success or Failure?
In reaction to the changes to the Facebook privacy settings, several people organized a “Quit Facebook Day” in reaction. Over 36,000 people signed up and pledged to quit Facebook on May 31st, although the site doesn’t provide any details as to how many people actually carried through with their pledge.
Since the beginning of the latest kerfuffle on Facebook privacy, I’ve said that the only things that are going to make Facebook change its mind in how it treats its user is whether or not they see a drop in new users or a drop in unique monthly page views. As of the latest numbers on Inside Facebook, the growth doesn’t seem to be slowing. Because Facebook is not a publicly traded company yet, these numbers are the only value that can be measured.
Even some of the high profile people that deleted their personal profiles still maintain Fan pages for their businesses or their books.
Ultimately, the only thing that “Quit Facebook Day” accomplished was to bring a little more media attention to the privacy issue. Because of public pressure, Facebook has committed to making its privacy settings simpler. And, hopefully, this will cause Facebook to think through future privacy settings before implementing.
Ultimately a person’s online privacy comes down to how much information you’re putting online. If you don’t want people knowing your birthday or seeing family photos, you shouldn’t post them to sites like Facebook.
- Inside Facebook: Facebook’s May 2010 US Traffic by Age and Sex: Younger Users Lead Growth
- PC World: Quit Facebook Day Was a Success Even as it Flopped
- PC Mag: “Quit Facebook Day” Only Affects 2% of U.S. Users
- CNN: “Quit Facebook Day” Falls Flat
- VentureBeat: Quit Facebook day flops as only 1 in 15,000 pledge to quit