In severe backlash to Facebook's privacy faux paus, a group of Facebookers have declared 31 May, i.e. today, as "Quit Facebook Day". Now, fancy as it may sound, it hasn't gathered any momentum whatsoever. The reasons are obvious. Although it is an offence, majority of us aren't affected enough by the privacy crisis to get off the grid. The numbers say it all: of the 400 million Facebook users, the number of 'committed quitters' was 25831 at the time this article was being penned. And we'd bet our salaries that half of these are going to chicken out, and half of those who quit will be coming back within a week. It's just not possible to quit 'society', not for the 17-million Indian Facebookers! So what does all this spell for Facebook Inc.?
While the number of users wouldn't be affected, the brand has been tarnished. As pointed by a survey by Vision Critical, even after the introduction of the so-called 'simpler privacy options', 81 per cent of the 699 users questioned said that they would be cautious with the information they put on Facebook now. Well, we'd only suggest that if you have ever harbored big dreams of having your own social networking site, now is an ideal time to pull some traffic!