Privacy Concerns Prompting Users to Abandon Social Networking
SOCIAL NETWORKINGFebruary 10, 2010
Concern over access to personal messages and photos is one of the reasons some former social networking fans are putting an end to their online lives, USA TODAY reports. Whether it's privacy issues or a desire to limit the time spent online, the urge to "unplug" has spurred the creation of new Web services like Seppukoo and Web 2.0 Suicide Machine designed to kill off online personas. "We are not anti-social-networking," says Walter Langelaar, one of the creators of Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. "We do, however, feel things are getting so messy in that world." Meanwhile, such programs are prompting some social networking sites to take action to keep their users' information from being automatically deleted.