Yesterday I revised my privacy settings to remove some lame things like Applications being able to use my information. Even then, I have no personal info on Facebook apart from some wall posts (with no real useful information) and my friends list. No activities, interests, etc. listed
Facebook is becoming what we always feared Google might.
This isn't a crack addiction, I don't think you need a group of 100 people to do it with you for support. Or is it?
A few thousand people quitting on May 31st just won't matter.
and Give Me My Data
provide me enough spot checks on how my Facebook privacy is working. Consciousness-raising among my friends keeps their Facebook behavior in writing about me prudent. I like mash-up conversations among old friends and new about links I share--my main use of Facebook is to use it for social linking, like HN on all the topics I find interesting and would discuss with my friends anyhow.
But, yeah, I'll keep my eyes open for a reason to quit, and I do MUCH less "liking," "fanning," and "joining" on Facebook than I used to, since I found out how public those acts are. I still don't know if Facebook has a successful plan for monetizing its use by non-doofuses who refuse to read ads or play time-wasting games.
Lastly, I added an activity ("Monitoring my Facebook privacy settings") to my profile and shared it with my friends on Facebook and Twitter (and even posted it here on HN) to raise awareness. I think if enough people added that activity to their profile, it would be just as effective at making a statement while still allowing me to keep in touch with my friends and family.
For those that are interested, the page for the "Monitoring my Facebook privacy settings" activity is here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Monitoring-my-Facebook-priv... Clicking "like" will add it to your profile as an activity.
Right now I'm waiting for one of the open network projects to mature.
Facebook is too useful a platform for sharing photos and the like to get rid of it entirely...
I tainted my data long ago, and only log on every few months to PM a friend or something, so I'm not too concerned atm.
Thanks but no thanks..
BTW the latest version also shows you what is exposed when you just hit a "like" button.
I'm setting my profile to read only and I'm going to hack together something that will allow people to use Facebook Connect to write on a self-hosted wall. A sort of self hosted Facebook page.
The only thing I'm leaving hosted at Facebook is my photos.