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Facebook's Final #ZUCKUP

Let the exodus from the social network begin.

Ever since Facebook became an indispensable aspect of our lives, there has been a growing sense of foreboding that something is not quite right, a premonition that eventually we would need to make a total break with the site. In recent weeks, however, the importance of the social network for fomenting insurrections abroad has led many of us to conclude that Facebook was on the verge of transcending its narrow commercial concerns, that it was on the brink of elevating itself into a neutral platform for social revolution. Yesterday, our hopes were finally dashed.

On March 29, Facebook callously deleted the organizing page for the Third Intifada, a call for a Palestinian popular uprising to shake off Israel's brutal occupation that had over 200,000 supporters. The Third Intifada's Twitter and Google-owned YouTube pages still exist. Facebook's act of suppression is an unforgivable #ZUCKUP, may it be the last.

The first major #ZUCKUP was the commercialization of friendship. The second disturbing #ZUCKUP was the remorseless pursuit of privacy-invasive technologies. The third #ZUCKUP, the one that will be remembered as the final nail in Facebook's coffin, is the cynical attempt to stand in the way of history by blocking the people's worldwide movement toward self-governance and democracy.

Let us now kill Facebook with this #ZUCKUP campaign. Pull your allegiance, delete your account and watch for the day that Facebook implodes spectacularly.

In committing communal Facebook suicide, we will open up the possibility of new activist innovations, improved social apps for revolt, fresh perspectives on how to turn online passion into real world action.

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skull

interesting. FB can do whatever it wants. just like adbusters allowing this post. i find the issuse of governments being able to pull the plug on all this more frighting. we should all find multiple ways of communicating. don't rely on one. easy target.

fb is a time suck

skull

interesting. FB can do whatever it wants. just like adbusters allowing this post. i find the issuse of governments being able to pull the plug on all this more frighting. we should all find multiple ways of communicating. don't rely on one. easy target.

fb is a time suck

tkaptur

And while your at it, join
facebookusersunion.ning.com
and help stop online slavery and bring the billionaire owners to their knees.

tkaptur

And while your at it, join
facebookusersunion.ning.com
and help stop online slavery and bring the billionaire owners to their knees.

buttass productions

GOOD ONE! adbusters!!! "delete your account!" (and then press the facebook share thumbnail because we support facebook)
i love your articles, but you gimped on this one.

buttass productions

GOOD ONE! adbusters!!! "delete your account!" (and then press the facebook share thumbnail because we support facebook)
i love your articles, but you gimped on this one.

tkaptur

People keep saying that, but what better way to commit facebook suicide, than to to smear the word across facebook first. What better way to smear it in the first place. You're right though, don't get me wrong.

tkaptur

People keep saying that, but what better way to commit facebook suicide, than to to smear the word across facebook first. What better way to smear it in the first place. You're right though, don't get me wrong.

tristan.lear

i think it would prove more productive to suggest this AND include alternative(s) to facebook. I'd go with diaspora, but it's brand new, in beta, and buggy. Really any kind of decentralized model (like email) would do well, and has several have attempted this, like diaspora and projects like FOAF (friend-of-a-friend). As a social phenomenon, unlike alot of people, I will go with the assumption that we can look at most (social) consequences as prosocial ones.

Once upon a time, only famous people had a public, now everyone has a "personal public." It gives us a place to play with vanity and identity and to organize. Grammas and grampas will continue to embrace LOLCats and enjoy micro social interactions with people they love that they may not have enjoyed using traditional methods (phone calls, letter writing, etc)

So, yes, I absolutely support the fall of facebook. Unfortunately they hold a monopoly and the product they offer will continue to tie most of us, including myself, to their platform. We need an alternative. Then the migration will really start. (and it wont start with the deletion of accounts, rather it will start with the creation of new accounts on the alternative sites) People like signing up for the Stupid New Thing, and facebook will go the way of myspace and AOL.

tristan.lear

i think it would prove more productive to suggest this AND include alternative(s) to facebook. I'd go with diaspora, but it's brand new, in beta, and buggy. Really any kind of decentralized model (like email) would do well, and has several have attempted this, like diaspora and projects like FOAF (friend-of-a-friend). As a social phenomenon, unlike alot of people, I will go with the assumption that we can look at most (social) consequences as prosocial ones.

Once upon a time, only famous people had a public, now everyone has a "personal public." It gives us a place to play with vanity and identity and to organize. Grammas and grampas will continue to embrace LOLCats and enjoy micro social interactions with people they love that they may not have enjoyed using traditional methods (phone calls, letter writing, etc)

So, yes, I absolutely support the fall of facebook. Unfortunately they hold a monopoly and the product they offer will continue to tie most of us, including myself, to their platform. We need an alternative. Then the migration will really start. (and it wont start with the deletion of accounts, rather it will start with the creation of new accounts on the alternative sites) People like signing up for the Stupid New Thing, and facebook will go the way of myspace and AOL.

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