Will you pull the plug?

By Posted in - Social Media on May 25th, 2010 0 Comments

According to QuitFacebookDay.com, more than 11,000 people have signed up to delete their Facebook account on May 31, as part of a growing rebellious response to privacy and security concerns.

I read an article on CNN.com via CNET.com) today recapping the movement happening against the online behmoth, from a Facebook protest group, to a Huffington Post online video walking you through the steps of how to delete your account.

Yet with all of this attention, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn continue to grow.  I’ve personally had a Facebook account for two years now, and I can genuinely say I’ve enjoyed participating on the site.  I love seeing where old friends ended up, pictures of their children, exciting places they’re traveling.  It’s been a great way for me to keep in touch with people I can say with almost 100 percent certainty I wouldn’t have kept up with otherwise.

Am I concerned about some of the potential privacy breaches?  Sure.  But I try to take precautions to limit strangers’ access to my information and only allow certain people to see certain aspects of my profile.  (I more worry about my mom, who’s not as comfortable on the computer and just recently started a Facebook account.  I secretly go in behind her and make sure she’s set her account settings appropriately so she’s not divulging anything she shouldn’t).

As social networking continues to evolve and grow (and it will, it’s here to stay), it will be a constant challenge to keep people’s private information private, and stay one step ahead of the evil hackers (that Nigerian minister finally stopped e-mailing me – I guess he got the hint).

I think I could “quit” Facebook if I wanted to, but I don’t.  I trust the company is working towards a solution to keep their account holders information as private as they indicate. Maybe that makes me naive, but I’m more worried about people stealing the credit card offers that arrive in my mailbox than hacking into my Facebook information.   (The credit card thing actually happened to me a few years back).

Are you on Facebook and are you thinking of pulling the plug on Monday, May 31? Do you agree with how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been handling the situation? I’d love to hear what people are thinking about this issue, which is definitely a larger conversation about online safety and privacy in general.

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