Did you find yourself with extra time on your hands last night? This morning? If so, you might have been one of the tens of thousands of users who signed up Monday on Quit Facebook Day.
The movement, run by Toronto technologists Matthew Milan and Joseph Dee, seemed to tap into growing disillusion with Facebook over its privacy policies and its intent to secure more information from users with its default settings.
They wrote on their site, quitfacebookday.com: "For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn't do a good job in either department.
"Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren't fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don't think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future."
It provides links from sites such as Wired and Gizmodo that lay out reasons to beware Facebook (including that deleting an account, and not just deactivating it, is virtually impossible for most; groovypost.com has a tutorial). It lists some possible Facebook alternatives, including:
• Twitter, Flickr, e-mail.
• Ning, a customizable site that lets you build a social network based on mutual interests (say, a high school reunion).
• Akoha lets you interact with others based on "missions." The missions range from "Compliment a stranger on their shoes, and ask permission to take a picture of them" to "Photograph a funny or bizarre street name."
• Diaspora's creators say they aim to program up to 12 hours a day to create a service that lets users bypass Facebook's hub model and instead converse directly with our friends, plus store photos and video all on our own little "seed" site.