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Why an Internet enthusiast quit Facebook

Scathingly true article about how “Internet enthusiast” Laura McGann pulled the plug on Facebook:

I never imagined this set of problems when I joined Facebook back in 2006, while a journalism graduate student. A friend had posted some photos from a class barbeque. It sounded like the next Friendster or MySpace — the latest social-networking fad, not something that was destined to reshape the Internet. I simply saw it as a way to deepen new friendships.

In the ensuing years it also became about rekindling old friendships (or feeling smug about avoiding the same), promoting my work as a journalist, and showing loyalty to media outlets, causes, and yes, even brands. But somewhere in that transition from a social site meant to deepen interpersonal relationships to a self promotional, commercial tool, Facebook lost its appeal. The various facets of my life merged into a web of connectivity where I could no longer clearly create distinct relationships with friends, foes, and fast food — either because I can’t figure out how or because Facebook is preventing me outright. For me, the overwhelming connectivity to everyone and everything, without much control over those ties, feels like I’m no longer connected to anything, and meanwhile, outside groups benefit.

You can read the whole thing here. Follow @FacebookProtest on Twitter and commit to not logging into Facebook on June 6, 2010.