Update on Quit Facebook Day
It’s been over a week since Quit Facebook Day on 31st May, so I thought I’d take a look to see what the impact was.
My first point of call was the website www.quitfacebookday.com. Unfortunately the site hasn’t been updated since I was there 10 days ago. The site is primarily static content, with the main functionality being a ‘commit to quit’ form. This requires you to enter a twitter account. Nevertheless, 36,434 people have registered. This is around 0.008% of facebook members. I think a real opportunity has been missed to follow up with these people to see if they really did quit, as well as providing ongoing dialogue about Facebook privacy issues and alternative social platforms.
So with the website being a dead end, I thought I would see if the facebook page still existed, and to my surprise it is still available and still active. When I last looked it had 3,601 followers, it now has 8,163. A pretty impressive increase, however most of these people would have “liked” the page after the crucial date of 31st May. Also, the page has posted 4 wall posts since the 31st May. Kinda defeats the purpose doesn’t it? Interesting that the organisers have been updating their facebook page, but not their own website. I guess the functionality that Facebook provides, for free, is easier to use and maintain.
The last stats facebook provided showed an increase of 50 million active members from December 2009 to February 2010, reaching 400 million. It’ll be interesting to see if Facebook continues to increase in 2010 or if usage starts to plateau. I’ll keep you posted.