Now that Facebook's a big nasty corporation, it's not only attracted a lot of bad press, it's inspired more direct action. In the run-up to the IPO and its messy aftermath we've read a few declarations of expatriatism, including one today from The New Yorker's Steve Coll. In no way does this indicate a coming mass exodus. These people aren't starting movements, rallying the people of the Internet like Quit Facebook Day tried (and failed) to do back in 2010. These are just some conscientious objectors who don't want to support a company they don't believe in. Perhaps their words will inspire you to quit? Or just give you something to think about.
As we read through these public protests, one from Coll, another from The New York Observer's Elise Knutsen and another from The Daily's Sean Bonner, we came across a common theme: Facebook is now an evil corporation. Go figure, different people hate Facebook for the same reasons.
In this IPO process we've gotten to see the type of self-serving company Facebook's willing to be to profit. Facebook set it up so that inside investors will make more than the regular guy, something both investors and users should worry about, notes Coll. This, too, irritates Knutsen. "Poor? Join Facebook. Rich? Buy Facebook," she writes.