- It was Memorial Day: To all those people in the future who try to plan an epic day of revolt, try not to plan it on a national holiday. No one is thinking about quitting Facebook on Memorial Day. We were out barbecuing, enjoying family, soaking up the beautiful weather (at least in California). In fact, we we on Facebook to wish everyone a happy holiday. Why ruin that with the doom and gloom of leaving the site?
- Facebook is a drug: Not literally, obviously, but we're addicted. You've seen smokers try to quit, you've seen alcoholics try to quit. It's not as easy to say "I'm going to quit on this day" cold turkey. Sure, Facebook doesn't have any (known) nicotine, but if you've made something a habit and have been doing it daily for at least a year (in my case, a few), you're not going to just decide "Hey I'm going to quit" and follow through.
- Privacy updated: Don't you remember that Facebook just updated privacy settings to make it a bit simpler to understand? That was the bulk of most people's issues with Facebook in the first place. When the problem is solved, what's there to leave?
- We still have people to stalk!: If we were to quit Facebook, how else are we supposed to stalk, I mean, keep in touch with all those lovely people we used to know? It's the easiest way to not get caught when you're checking on the people you admire (or loathe) the most.
- Few of us GET it: When you join Facebook, or any other social network for that matter, you should understand that you're forfeiting some right to privacy. Don't you understand that nothing on the internet is private? Once you put it out there, it's out there forever. Some of us actually understand that, so the privacy thing was never a big deal. You don't want people to know, you don't put it out there, DUH. So the few of us that actually got that in the beginning never planned on quitting in the first place.
I'm still a little surprised that many people quit; regardless of how many users Facebook has, 33,000 people is still a nice chunk (contrary to the belief of some guy I was arguing with on Digg). But you have to also take into account that some of those people, if not most of them, will be back. Unless they're going back to MySpace. *cringe*