Social Network Suicide? Not If Facebook Can Help It.
Will 2010 be the year that Internet users cut back on friending, tweeting and connecting with their long-lost acquaintances?
A site called the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine is banking on it. It offers to help visitors “kill” their online presence on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn by clicking a “commit” link (complete with a noose icon).
It works by prompting users for their account information, then removing their friends, updates and other content, then changing the password and logging out–leaving an intact but bare profile.
The site offers this service for free and coaxes the uncertain with words like “delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles,” “feel free like a real bird again and untwitter yourself” and “you want your actual life back?”