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More on Facebook

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on February 11, 2008

The NYTimes is carrying this article on the impossibility of leaving Facebook. A snip:

While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, many users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network.

“It’s like the Hotel California,” said Nipon Das, 34, a director at a biotechnology consulting firm in Manhattan, who tried unsuccessfully to delete his account this fall. “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

Still mostly a buyer beware situation, but it does seem like kind of an oppressive business model. Never the best idea to alienate your customers–ask the music industry.

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