A relevant quote from the ether, found though Flickr:
“I’m done with Facebook. I’ve never really seen the value in it (except Scrabulous, perhaps) and I am getting increasingly uneasy about handing over so much information to them. The recent Beacon debacle was revelatory.
So I’m saying goodbye. I do sincerely hope that all 201 of my friends will continue to be my friends — you know where to find me! Please invite me to your parties via good ol’ fashioned email (I also accept phone calls); we can compare relative hotness and trivia knowledge in real life.
As it turns out, you can only *deactivate* your account on your own. An email to customer service revealed how to fully delete it from their servers:
“If you want your information removed from our servers, we can do this for you. However, you need to first log in, delete all profile content, and deactivate. Once you have cleared your account, let us know, and we’ll take care of the rest. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Have you been thinking about leaving Facebook too? Please join me – let’s all do it this Friday at noon!” ( December 7, 2007 )
A few links here to listen to some feedback from the ether. Flickr Zuckerman himself and a Facebook movement to dump accounts (quoted above) . I don’t think a few hundred thousand leaving Facebook will make a dent, but this boils down to honesty and integrity, not really about privacy.