It has occurred to me, however, that the effort to quit Facebook should be a little more organized, and a little more thought out. Read on after the break for my suggestions for things we should do as we disable our Facebook accounts to make the point louder to other Facebook members, and to the owners of Facebook.
Right, so the steps that follow are the ones that I intend to follow. A few of these things may be a bit extreme for some people, so feel free to pick and choose from these suggestions. (And, yes, they are definitely suggestions).
- Goto the Quit Facebook Day fan page and “Like” it. Then write something on the wall. Nothing speaks louder than the irony of Facebook having a “Quit Facebook Day” page.
- Post a message on your wall that states that you are quitting Facebook on May 31st, and list the reasons why. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or long. You just want to communicate clearly that you are quitting Facebook and why you are doing it. If nothing else, you want to make certain that your “friends” know that you are leaving. In the best of scenarios, some of your friends might be inspired to join us. (At the end of this list is a draft of the message I am considering posting.
- You might want to message all your “friends” and let them know that you are leaving. Again, keep the statement simple and direct. (Again, the statement at the end of this list might be useful.)
- Remove any and all photographs you have uploaded to Facebook.
- Go through all photographs, posts, etc. you have been tagged in, and remove your tag.
- Edit your profile and remove all information that you no longer want to be visible on Facebook.
- Remove any wall posts that you don’t want to leave behind.
- Remove any widgets or applications from your profile.
- This one may be the most difficult (but it will definitely cause the most attention): un-friend everyone.
- And, of course, finally deactivate your Facebook account. And please, take a screen shot and post it someplace if it’s as amusing as the ReadWrite Web article.
Of course, you may not want to try to do all of these things on the Quit Facebook Day itself. Some of them may take some time (like sending out messages to your friends, or un-friending everyone), so you may want to plan to start a few days early.
Finally, here’s a draft of the message I am planning to post on my wall, and possibly send out to my Facebook “friends”.
Dear friends and fellow Facebook users. There has been much press recently regarding the Privacy Options that Facebook provides. I have put some thought into this issue, and have decided to join over 13,000 people that have dedicated themselves to pulling the plug on May 31st. During the next few days you may notice some changes in my profile as I clean things up, and I may even un-friend you as a result of this cleanup. Do not take this personally, I am still your friend, and can be contacted in any of these locations:
Of course, you put in the information that you want your friends to have, and decide if that information is something that you want posted on your wall.
I hope that you all have found these suggestions useful. Please, if you have any more suggestions or recommendations leave a comment.
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