Today is “National Kill Your Facebook Day.”
(not sure why its organizers felt confined by the geopolitical boundaries of the United States, but so it goes)
I asked – on my Facebook status, of course – my friends if they’d been thinking about it. Many, many had.
Julian Dibbell asked the other day if Facebook had jumped the shark. In some ways yes, in some ways no. Casual references to the Fonz aside, whether or not Facebook has become socially obsolete, a overplayed, overhyped, etc is another question.
The important thing is that increasingly Facebook users continue to use the site because they feel they have to in order to be social, not because they want to or like to. And when a company subsists on network effects, rather than the trust and goodwill of its users, to survive, that’s not good for anyone.