Committing Web 2.0 suicide
January 1, 2010
If your New Year’s resolution involves anything having to do with decreasing your presence on the Internet, you might want to check out the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. [Tech Crunch]
This is not a joke. The Suicide Machine really does erase your Internet presence from all sorts of social networking sites, including Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook. And it is irrevocable. Once you’re gone, you’re gone — all your passwords, messages, photos, and user names will vanish.
The site, called the “digital Dr. Kevorkian,” is run by Moddr, based in Rotterdam. The company reports that, so far, 321 people have opted to commit Facebook suicide. On Twitter, the Suicide Machine automatically erases all of your Tweets. A video appears on the site, explaining the benefits of disconnecting from all these people “whom you don’t really care that much about.”
UPDATE: Facebook has blocked The Suicide Machine from its web site.