Go Ahead, Get Off Facebook: Everyone’s Doing It


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Notice any difference in your Newsfeed last month? According to Facebook's data service, the social networking site lost 6.1 million users in the US for the month of May. It's the first decline in over a year and users are down from 155.2 million to 149.4 million. Total users are still up 1.7 percent due to expansion in countries like Brazil and Mexico, but the 'book saw a dip in users in the US, Canada, the UK, and Russia.

So Weiner is definitely one of the American Facebook abdicators ... but who are the other 6,099,999 users who have jumped ship?

Maybe our friends and family members are getting sick of the constant updates, the barrage of invitations to help someone build up a damn fictional farm, and the photos, good lord, the thousands upon thousands of photos. Do we need to see the first poop your puppy took outside? Don't think so.

Heck, even Bill Gates is sick of it.

He told Mashable.com that he had to quit Facebook because his friend requests got out of hand. Twitter he can handle, just not Facebook.

I have to agree with Gates on this one, and not only because I want the world's second-richest man on my side. Sometimes Facebook can be too much to handle. Nothing gets my goat more than receiving a mass invitation from a "friend" who sent everyone a request to attend their art show, regardless of the recipient's region or continent. Thanks for the invite, Jordan, but I'm not going to be able to book a flight this afternoon and fly to Denver to "check out" your water color exhibit at the county library.

I think users are deleting their accounts because they, like Gates, are burnt out. Between the feeds and the friends, it's too much. It's becoming more of an obligation than a fun way to pass a few minutes. Maybe those 6.1 million people who've signed off permanently will read a book on their downtime ... or tweet. But it's not likely we'll see a shift away from Facebook in a major way anytime soon.

At this point, I do believe that Facebook is still "too big to fail," but as people start losing interest, what will be next?

Why do you think people are deleting their Facebook accounts?

Photo via smemon87/Flickr

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Tabzt... Tabzthemommy

I am sick of the social sites. I stay on facebook for family that lives far away.. nothing more. I left Myspace and every other site..

simpl... simplysimple

Pretty funny that I was one of many that chose the month of May to delete my facebook acct. Was great for family but I'm only a call away. It got annoying with the attention grabbers that posted every 5mins. Bleh.

MomoJL MomoJL

The same argument can be given for every facebook related post.  It is what you make of it.  If you are tired of people, why are they your "friend"?  Only YOU control how you use facebook.  Recently, our family across many states has been able to stay in daily contact over the planning of a massive family reunion happening soon, and it's been awesome to have that even page that everyone can see and offer input, instructions, ideas.  So facebook, like any thing else, can be good or bad.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Agree with Momo...yes there are annoying factors to FB but I think the good outweigh the bad.

im23v... im23vaughn

FB is just like myspace. It is fun for awhile and then it gets boring.  The only reason I keep mine is so that my family can see photos of the girls, get updates on their performances, and etc. Other than that, the games are lame and I really don't care too much about everything else.

ArmyGal ArmyGal

I like FB for family.


I also agree with momo. You can control who and what you see. If you feel you're so popular and have too many friend requests, hide those people or just delete them. I have FB for my nephew in the military and many family members who live at the four corners of the world. It must be so hard to be so popular that FB invitations got too much for you to handle. I'd look for a cave to live in if I were you and then you can be alone.

todaca todaca

I also was one of the May deleters. I did mine for family reasons. My husband wasn't comfortable with it.

Connie Brown

As Facebook is losing millions in north america, ONLYMEWORLD the new alternative to Facebook, according to recent data gathered from Alexa has grown in that same period 1800%.

ONLYMEWORLD, doesn’t ask users for their real names, email addresses, and allows custom privacy settings. ONLYMEWORLD, has opted out of tracking it’s members with any “Like” buttons while on the web(See Wall Street Journal Like Button Articles).

According to a recent statement by facebook with regards to it’s Privacy Violations of it’s users, and Facial Recognition Programs, facebook had stated that “We haven’t had any complaints from our users”, well if losing over 6 million users from the united states last month isn’t enough evidence of how dissatisfied users are with facebook, then I don’t know what is!

simpl... simplysimple

Of course we can control what we see on our news feeds. If I got rid of every person that annoyed me with their posts then that would leave just me and about two other ppl that logged on every three mnths. Not worth it. Yes my family and friends were just that bad.

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