Feeds

I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

If you're havin' Zuck problems, I feel bad for you son

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A marketing campaign to convince Facebookers to quit the social network for 99 days has failed to thrill – even though many netizens expressed outrage at the website's recent, highly questionable emotion-furtling study.

It turns out that Facebook is more addictive than an electronic crack pipe, if the response to a bunch of admen who urged Zuckophiles to become Zuckophobes and quit the stalker playground for 99 days is anything to go by.

At time of writing, the campaign had only convinced 7,190 people to unplug from Mark Zuckerberg's empire since it was launched last week.

The key message is that Facebookers who escape the free-content ad-network for three months will "enjoy life!".

But very few people agree with such a plan. After all, if they log off from Facebook for 99 days, what on Earth might they miss?

A bunch of Dutch creative types at a "strategy" outfit named Just came up with the idea. Anyone who does take part in the Facebook freedom fight are encouraged to participate with the, er, experiment by filling in anonymous "happiness surveys" at the 33-, 66- and 99-day points.

The campaigners claimed that quitting Facebook for more than three months "saves the average user 1683 minutes," or 28 hours of hard Zuck cold turkey.

But the stunt has backfired with few people agreeing to such a, y'know, radical idea. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.