A group has formed on Facebook called ‘The Facebook Blackout’ and so far it has just over a million members. Their stated aim was to get to a million, and boycott Facebook for a day on Dec 15 – one week away – and they got there. Fair enough!
Their beef seems to be with the Facebook administrators. I’m not exactly sure what it’s about; the group’s description [partially tidied up] says
Don’t you adminstrator[s] remember that we are the one[s] using facebook ??
but it doesn’t go into specific complaints. But who cares – some people are pissed off about something. Or want to exercise their right to protest … who knows? What I find interesting is the gross numbers.
Here’s the current stats on this group:
Add them all up, and it makes 7,749,908 people. That’s a small country. Well, not all that small, actually – it’s almost twice the size of New Zealand.
And, for whatever reason, they’re voting on a referendum to send a snub to the Facebook administration.
So here’s the current state of the poll on snubbing the administration, from this small country:
This pundit is predicting that the referendum will fail, and that the day will be carried by a minority-led coalition of the No’s and Don’t care’s.
And that all sides will justifiably claim victory. One million people are going to snub Facebook for a day to protest about something. And the rest of this small country will think wtf if a million people don’t log on to Facebook for a day. It will only mean that it runs faster for everyone else, but they’re free to make their point. Everybody wins.
I love democracy on the internet. I think I’ll sell up and move there.