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Kill Your Facebook: Haik Bedrosian's Two-Week Challenge 

Published May 12, 2009 at 9:17 a.m.

Believe it or not, there are still some people in the world who don't like Facebook. I know, right? What are they thinking? How will they find out which "my so called life" character they are? How will they assemble their dream teams to fight off a zombie invasion? How will they reconnect with their first love from summer camp?

But in fact, these people do exist, and BurlingtonPol blogger Haik Bedrosian is hosting a support group for them this week over on his blog.

Haik recently decided that he'd had enough of Facebook, so he deactivated his account. He no longer appears in FB searches — he's been my FB friend for awhile, but I just checked, and he's not there anymore.

Haik also took the additional step of asking FB to permanently delete his information from its servers. That means that all of his information will disappear — if he doesn't log in to Facebook for two weeks. FB administrators, it turns out, really don't want you to take all your information away. They'll delete if for you, but only after you've gone two weeks without logging in, signaling to them that you're serious about your request.

So Haik has launched his own two-week Facebook challenge, which he's dutifully recording on his blog. He's also posting anti-Facebook art, videos, and links to articles about Facebook and identity theft, Facebook censorship, Facebook infidelity and "Facebook suicide." 

He also says he's ordered a bunch of bumperstickers that say "Kill Your Facebook," and will be offering them for sale when he gets them.

Which is not to say that he's definitely going to delete himself. He's calling this a "challenge" because it's hard for him to do. Here's his post from yesterday:

Yeah. There's no way I'm going to make it. Facebook is too awesome. Plus, my wife is still on there. Yes, being with her in real life is amazing, but it's just not the same as chatting with her in The Matrix. I'll give it another day and see how I feel...

Frankly, I don't think he'll go through with it. But I'm enjoying watching him grapple with the urge.

Today is Day 7, I think. What do you think? Should he go through with it? Should you?

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.


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