orioriola hiperion

Killing your social media habits

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Web http://suicidemachine.org/
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Tired of your social network? Web2.0 suicide machine helps people delete all their accounts, social -networking profiles, fake virtual friends, and completely does away with their Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting. The service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn.

311,208 friends have been unfriended as of April 15, 2010.
504,978 tweets have been removed since launching.
4,092 people used the service.

Now it is possible to scrub yourself from the Internet with Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, a nifty service that purges your online presence from these all-consuming social networks. Once you hand over your log-in details and click Commit, the program will methodically delete your info — Twitter tweets, MySpace contacts, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections — much like users could do manually. What remains is a brittle cyberskeleton: a profile with no data. Users seem to love it. Testimonials range from joyous farewells ("Goodbye, cruel world!") to good-riddance denouements ("Thank you, microblogging. You are, in fact, totally useless"). Suicide Machine is so popular that thousands of people are waiting their turn for their own cyberoffing. But as in life, resurrection is impossible. Going through the process means that your Web doppelgänger will croak for good. When it does, you'll receive a cybermemorial on the site.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Web 2.0 suicide machine is the only online service helping people getting rid rapidly of their social media habits.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Once their new freedom is acquired, users can get back to real quality time with their family, true friends and meaningful social interactions. What appeals to many of the site's boosters is the simplicity of the exit. When trying to close an online account, users are often asked to fill out a questionnaire. More important, their information and connections aren't then erased; they're just unpublished. By deleting all your data, Suicide Machine says, your private information is snuffed out on website servers.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Totally scalable since accessible through a Website.

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