Sep

5

EVERYONE QUIT FACEBOOK

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exitAs of 3:06 am, that girl who sat ahead of us in high school biology is

no longer single. Some photos of our little sister in potentially

compromising situations have been unjustly revealed. Some guy we

barely know has just friended some girl we never knew. And now the world knows the groups we just joined. And the friends we have.

Some may say the new changes still permit voluntary membership to the

digital world. But who has the time to  individually delete each trifle  friendship or relationship  announcement, a group membership, a photo tag, from his or her  “mini-feed?” Such a lifestyle would give new meaning to the word “heinous”.

“Make it stop!” Bwog says. “This time Zuckerberg, you’ve gone too far!”

You can quit your facebook account and rejoin whenever you like–you go to “My Account,” scroll to the bottom, and quit. After doing so, any time you wish to rejoin, you simply sign in, they send you an email, and you will have your same profile, with your same groups and your same friends.

Everyone: go quit. In the message you are required to send, tell them that they have ruined facebook. Tell them you want no part of it. And tell them you will rejoin when the new changes are eliminated.

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29 Comments

  1. Bleh  

    [Sent to privacy at facebook dot com]:

    Dear Facebook staff,

    I was greeted earlier this morning by Facebook's new News Feed and Mini-Feed. I tried them out, read your blog post on them, and explored their features a bit. I think they're a great way to make it easier and faster to view updates, but they generate two significant privacy concerns:

    1. Feeds display information that was not previously public
    2. One can not disable his or her Mini-Feed and/or appearance on others' News Feeds

    1. Feeds display information that was not previously public
    I have a friend on Facebook who joined an invite-only event. His profile does not display the event, the event's member list and wall are not visible, and the My Events page does not list the event. However, his Mini-Feed mentions that he wrote on the wall of the event, revealing his membership in the event, information that was not available prior to the Mini-Feed.

    Though this case is anecdotal, it is sufficient, from the perspective of a Facebook user, to dispell any guarantees that the Feeds respect privacy settings.

    2. One can not disable his or her Mini-Feed and/or appearance on others' News Feeds
    Most Feed-related privacy issues would be moot if users had the ability to remove the Mini-Feed from their profiles and prevent their appearance on News Feeds. It is true that one can delete individual events from one's Mini-Feed, but this is insufficient, and an unnecessary burden on users who intend to never appear on Feeds.

    Users should have the ability to entirely disable their Mini-Feeds and/or their appearance on News Feeds.

    I sincerely hope to see these issues resolved, that I and others may continue to enjoy using Facebook's services.

  2. quitting facebook

    why can't facebook:

    a) alert users there's going to be a change
    b) give users the option not to post to the newsfeed
    c) let users decided on either a news (current) or the encyclopedia (old) template if they really wish to move in this direction

    either way, the more people that leave today (including myself) means that the value of facebook goes down the tube... meaning it'll probably revert back.

  3. Jon

    I agree. I'll join again when the problem is solved.

  4. i can't

    believe this affects people so much. i know it's drizzling, but step away from the computer and go outside or something. seriously.

  5. DHI  

    Note: the mini-feed makes it easier for people to find out that I don't like the mini-feed.

  6. Good Idea  

    I agree with the post. I quit my Facebook account and left a similar message.

  7. DHI  

    Note: the mini-feed makes it easier for people to find out that I don't like the mini-feed.

  8. DHL

    isn't it zuckerman? or is bwog trying to be funny because "berg" is generally jewish? i think zuckerstein would be better, but that's just me.

  9. There's Also  

    the rational approach...tell them about what you like and don't like and ask for things to change.

    http://columbia.facebook.com/help.php?tab=suggest

  10. Xavier  

    I quit. What ever happened with CUCommunity? Can someone put that back up?

  11. ugh  

    Horrible. Awful. I never thought I'd quit facebook, but now I am!

  12. mike  

    you know what the real solution is? quit facebook and join connect you or xuqa or some shit.

    zuckerberg stole the source code from connectu in the first place, while he was working for them, and released it himself before connectu did, under the domain name thefacebook.

    these social networking sites only work by having the most people...not by being the best. if enough people quit facebook and switch, we can permanently remove the bad memory of mark zuckerberg, or AT LEAST MAKE SURE HE LOSES A LOT OF MONEY.

  13. your mother  

    I don't see what everyone is so freaked out about. It isn't that bad, it's kind of nice to have a centralized facebook. Except maybe it's not good to announce the relationship changes, and definitely not friend rejections or private events. But in general it's a nice concept. Embrace Change, facebook fiends.

  14. your mother  

    I don't see what everyone is so freaked out about. It isn't that bad, it's kind of nice to have a centralized facebook. Except maybe it's not good to announce the relationship changes, and definitely not friend rejections or private events. But in general it's a nice concept. Embrace Change, facebook fiends.

  15. facebook.com  

    should be a....*drum roll* FACEBOOK, not a goddamned myspace emulator.



    the color below this message is green, like my penis.

  16. It's a good idea  

    but needs to be far more configurable. I'd want to be able to control which item updates were visible on feeds, and I'd like to be able to control which items and which friends to track on my own feed. this would significantly improve the feature. right now too many things are exposed without any control.

  17. just say no  

    i quit. what a waste of my life.

  18. i'm out  

    End of the line for me. I'll have to find other ways to procrastinate.

  19. WOEE  

    TIS THE EXODUS! and perhaps even the rapture! the alpha and the omega!

  20. yrs

    if it wasn't for the mini-feed, no one would know i was porking a bwog editor.

  21. John  

    Finally I have a use for my account with Middlebury. I think I will quit Facebook and resign-up once a day until my email address is cancelled.

    People, get your high school friends to sign you up double, and quit a whole lot.

  22. wirc  

    So, in an attempt to make some sense out of this mess, I looked at their blog. On Friday they wrote:

    A lot has changed, and we're not done improving the site yet. We have a bunch of good things coming out soon, so we wanted to give you a heads up. When we've made changes in the past, a lot of people have gotten upset and emailed in asking us to change the site back. Change can be disorienting, but we do it because we're sure it makes the site better. It may have felt different at first, but things like photos, events, groups and the wall have all made Facebook a more useful and interesting site

    Does it sound like they thought this would turn into a shitstorm, or is that just me?

  23. zuckerberg  

    We’ve been getting a lot of feedback about Mini-Feed and News Feed. We think they are great products, but we know that many of you are not immediate fans, and have found them overwhelming and cluttered. Other people are concerned that non-friends can see too much about them. We are listening to all your suggestions about how to improve the product; it’s brand new and still evolving.

    We’re not oblivious of the Facebook groups popping up about this (by the way, Ruchi is not the devil). And we agree, stalking isn’t cool; but being able to know what’s going on in your friends’ lives is. This is information people used to dig for on a daily basis, nicely reorganized and summarized so people can learn about the people they care about. You don’t miss the photo album about your friend’s trip to Nepal. Maybe if your friends are all going to a party, you want to know so you can go too. Facebook is about real connections to actual friends, so the stories coming in are of interest to the people receiving them, since they are significant to the person creating them.

    We didn’t take away any privacy options. [Your privacy options remain the same.] The privacy rules haven’t changed. None of your information is visible to anyone who couldn’t see it before the changes. If you turned off your wall to non-friends, no one who is not your friend will be able to see a post on your wall. Your friends can still see it; it hasn’t changed. Secret groups and secret events remain secret from other people. Pokes and messages remain as private interactions. Nothing you do is being broadcast; rather, it is being shared with people who care about what you do—your friends.

    We’re going to continue to improve Facebook, and we want you to be part of that process. Test out the products and continue to provide us feedback. Use your privacy settings so you can feel most comfortable using the site.

    We hear you, and we appreciate the feedback.

    Stay tuned... Mark

  24. Mark...  

    "Nothing you do is being broadcast; rather, it is being shared with people who care about what you do—your friends."

    Geez guy, facebook friends aren't really our friends. That's the point.

  25. merlin

    I love FACEBOOK! :)

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