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More People Claim They Too Are Quitting Facebook

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Photo by Franco Bouly via Flickr

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Jason Calacanis, famous blogger and founder of Santa Monica-based Mahalo, joined the ever-growing movement to quit Facebook and deleted his account around noon today. Calacanis blogged saying, “simply put, I no longer trust Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) with my information”. He pointed out that even when you delete your account you can log back in at any time, which means Facebook still has all your information stored.There is also a stirring over Facebook’s initiative to customize and individualize a person's website, which means they link the information on your page to other sites. Calacanis is asking others to delete their Facebook accounts and post a YouTube video saying “I deleted/deactivated my Facebook Page.” He says that if enough people do it Facebook will have to start taking privacy issues more seriously.

Sparked by issues of privacy and the addictive nature of Facebook other people are also calling for action. A website called Quit Facebook Today is asking people to quit the social networking site cold turkey on May 31. The group already has a following of about 12,612 people committed and the number is growing constantly. The founders of the group claim Facebook does not do a good job in respecting the data you put on your site and make it difficult to secure your privacy. Many people claim that Twitter for updates and Flickr for photo sharing are great alternatives. But can it actually work? Will the temptation be too great with Facebook reinstallation being only a sign-in away?