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Facebook vs privacy

After much dithering I decided to abandon Facebook and have my account removed (Yes, it is possible! The procedure is illustrated – stangely enough – on a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703). Tired of my privacy settings being ignored and of the amount of crap posted by people everyday, not to mention the amount of time spent in a day adding posts, adding “Like” to everything and reading the most absurd information people feel compelled to share, I quit.

I must say I feel much better. Internet has become the internet again and I have more free time. If I want to get in touch with somebody I simply mail them. Do I want to share my pictures with only some people? I can still do that thanks to Kodak Gallery, Snapfish or Photobucket (with better picture quality, too!). Do I want to chat or call someone? There’s Skype. Is it really that bad? I don’t think so!

But yesterday I found out that more and more people are growing tired of Facebook. A new movement appeared on the scene. Its purpose? Invite people to cancel their accounts due to privacy concerns on May 31st. You should check out their website: http://www.quitfacebookday.com/

More interestingly, Graham Cluley, an award-winning blogger and security expert at Sophos has recently posted the results of a shocking research: 60% of Facebook users would consider quitting over privacy issues. Check out his blog here: http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/05/19/60-facebook-users-quitting-privacy/

Are people becoming more aware of privacy and realise that showing off is not always that good? Sound off below!

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