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How Could I Quit You, Facebook? You Had Me At "Dumb F*ck"

With Facebook’s desire to outGoogle Google, its recent privacy issue infractions, phishing scams, exodus rumors, senatorial probes and the controversy surrounding instant personalization and advertising as its ulterior motive, the network appears to be on a downhill spiral. Today, however the last log might have been thrown on that fire!

User confidence is eroding where there is a growing number of grassroots revolt groups mobilizing and a "We're Quitting Facebook Day" scheduled for May 31. While only 229 sign-ups at the time of this posting, the amount of organization that went into creating this movement underscores the growing resentment of followers.


Hard to believe with all this push-back, that Zuckerberg et al did not have a crisis-management plan in place to kick into action when and if their Open Graph manifesto was not received well.  Was that naivete or arrogance - or combination of both?

However, that seems to go to the core of the problem. Zuckerberg's posture on 'privacy' did not evolve just this past year - in fact, if the incoming reports are correct, his cavalier attitude toward the privacy of others has a foundation that can be documented all the way back to age 19 when he was a freshman at Harvard. While many know about the origins of Facebook incubating in his dorm room and th scandals that have been subsequently exposed in a book and soon-to-be released movie, the breaking news that surfaced on May 13 is more telling and damning then anything that has gone before (as hard as that is to believe).

According to SAI sources, the following instant messenger exchange is between a 19-year old Mark Young ZuckerbergYoung ZuckerbergZuckerberg and a friend shortly after he launched Facebook in his dorm room.
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks.


Facebook has since released the following statement in an attempt to diminish the effects of this damning news.
"The privacy and security of our users’ information is of paramount importance to us.  We’re not going to debate claims from anonymous sources or dated allegations that attempt to characterize Mark's and Facebook's views towards privacy.

Everyone within the company understands our success is inextricably linked with people's trust in the company and the service we provide. We are grateful people continue to place their trust in us.  We strive to earn that trust by trying to be open and direct about the evolution of the service and sharing information on how the 400 million people on the service can use the available settings to control where their information appears."


So the question remains with all this evidence stacked against Zuckerberg will he reverse his OPEN GRAPH and 'privacy' posture to move back into the graces of the 400 million who have put their trust into his network? Or will May 31 mark the beginning of the end for the visionary CEO?

UPDATE - May 15 -  Within less than 24 hours, the "We're Quitting Facebook" sign-ups had increased three-fold.


For more on this topic, see my recent post, "Atlas Shrugged, Will Facebook Buckle?" And let us know how you feel about this recent news in the comment section below.

Comments
May 14, 2010
by Anonymous

Dumb fucks

But that is True.... anyone on facefuck is dumb .

May 15, 2010
by Anonymous

the quittingfacebook stream on twitter has 16 followers

15 really, i'm just there for the laughs ;)

May 16, 2010
by Anonymous

Some humor

And that, my liege, is how we know the Web to be banana-shaped.

This new learning amazes me, Sir Zuckerberg. Explain again how a series of tubes may be employed to eliminate privacy.

Oh, certainly, sir.

Look, my liege!

[trumpets]

Facebook!
Facebook!
Facebook!

It's only a website.

Shhh!

Friends, I bid you welcome to your new home. Let us ride... to Facebook.

[singing]

We're Friends of the round table
We Poke when e're we're able
We do Farmville and play Mob Wars
With mousework impecc-able
We lurk around on Facebook
We tag and quiz our friends a lot!

[dancing]

We're Friends of the round table
Our Likes are for-mid-able
Though many times we're given gifts
That are fake and unuse-able
We're news-feed mad on Facebook
We check from mobile phones a lot!

[tap-dancing]

Oh, our Walls we cradle
Quite indefatigable
Between our posts we friend request
And pad our list where able
It's a busy life on Facebook
I have to push the 'Hide' a lot!

[outdoors]

Well, on second thought, let's not go to Facebook -- it is a silly place.

Right.
Right.

May 18, 2010
by Anonymous

meh

seriously? #crysomemore

Feb 18, 2011
by Anonymous

update

Up to 38,569 as of when I looked a few minutes ago.