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Social Networks - How To Drop Out

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 9

Drop Out

There was a movement in the 70's or 80's where successful business people were quitting their jobs, dropping out, moving to the boonies, becoming entrepreneurs, and selling their home-made jams and jellies. The impetus for the movement was a much too crazy, fast paced corporate life, one that demanded networking and constant communication. Nothing has changed much since those upwardly mobile types got out of dodge. Life is still hectic and becoming even more-so with the advent of social networking.

The exodus from the corporate world years ago is now being replicated online by members of social networks, people who are beginning to realize they can't keep up online and still find time for families, jobs and other real-world responsibilities. These people feel pressured to participate and to maintain artificial friendships, to join more networks, to reciprocate the tags, pokes and hugs of online friends. It's all too much now and they want out. They just don't know how to go about it. If you're one of these people, read on for a solution.

Lose Friends and Get a Life
Suicidemachine is a humorous website with a serious mission. It was designed to help you get off the bus Gus, and set yourself free from social networks.

The Suicidemachine Web2.o program is the brainchild of two young men from Holland who enjoy a very macabre humor. Go to their page and you'll find it chock full of funny suicide metaphors, along with a list of Who's Who in social network suiciders. Don't be fooled by comic phrases like "sign out forever" or the noose image that accompanies the "commit" button that must be clicked to begin the suicide process. This program is as serious as a heart attack and will turn your personal data into dust on the sites of your choice. To quote them, "This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles."

The free Web2.0 suicidemachine appeared recently on an episode of South Park but you can view it on their web page. Use the program to exit all your networking sites or only one. The program runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn with more sites promised in the future. Follow the onscreen instructions and your virtual self will vanish. The amount of time it takes to extricate your files from the networks will be determined by the number of friends and photos you've accumulated.

The Suicidemachine went online in December 2009, much to the dismay of Face Book and other similar sites. As you can imagine, they weren't too happy to see members disappearing from their ranks, or knowing that this program is able to go into their servers and snatch up information. Face Book sent them a cease and desist letter (you can download it from Suicidemachine's site) that had little impact since U.S. laws don't hold up in Holland where the server is located. Logically, Face Book has tried to block their connections but they haven't had much success.

We all have different reasons for joining social networks. But membership shouldn't be a burden. If you're socially burned out, if you want to end it all and kill your online self, you don't need Jack Kevorkian. Get unfriended and unplugged by checking out this program. Go to the site to read all the gory details for your virtual demise.


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Comments

Sep 13, 2010 9:58pm
Introspective
This is such a good idea. There are probably a multitude of folks who want to "Get out of Dodge" when it comes to their social networks. Thank you divaonline!
Sep 14, 2010 7:32am
BlogMakesMoney
very useful info thnaks
Sep 14, 2010 10:04am
Deborah-Diane
Thanks, Diva, for the information about getting out of social networks. I can see someone doing that if they have let things get out of control. I try to use one of my social networks primarily for promoting my articles, while Facebook I confine to family and close friends ... less than 50 people. However, at the high school where I work some kids have 600 or more "friends" on Facebook. I'm sure they are going to want to delete all those connections someday. Great information!
Sep 14, 2010 10:07am
vetochemicals
You have a great comedic streak showing up in this article and I love it! I've slowly faded away from FB, I'm amazed at how many people are farming and playing games and other useless ways to spend their time. I think if they knew they could write and earn $$, they'd join IB instead. Thanks for your research on getting out:) Retweet it for you, twitterers may like it..
Sep 14, 2010 10:59am
Sookie
I have slowly faded away from FB too, as anyone I know just plays the games.. I think I would rather make money online with articles! Great article!
Sep 15, 2010 1:12am
SharonWatterson
Now, Lucy, wouldn't have met you and able to enjoy your fine humor without social networking. This piece is stellar, great tips for committing social network suicide, get rid of Facebook, Linkedin, twitter forever, unfortunately, online writers can't afford this luxury.
Sep 19, 2010 1:39pm
mommymommymommy
I only go on Facebook now to check on my teenage daughter. I no longer IM people, view their pictures, or anything else. I need more time to write here on IB!
Dec 16, 2010 4:26pm
aguy
Those things really are a time sink. Maybe it's time to drop out.
Dec 16, 2010 4:27pm
aguy
BTW - I love the picture at the top of your page. I used to do that...
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