Facebook Shutdown – Hoax, Hype and Hope

This announcement alledgedly coming from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg created quite a stir from the socia networking world:

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”

Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.

“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”

Of course this press release is not true – a hoax, a practical joke. Simply put, a hoax is an act of deception which is designed to trick people into believing or doing something. Why do people even bother to spread this kind of practical joke? For various reasons, one is to be talked about, to be more controversial. Another reason is to raise awareness about an issue or to get a community actively involved in something.

But in the case of the Facebook shutdown, I woulld say this is just a practical joke and perhap to see how users would react if in when Facebook indeed decided to close its site. But will it close its site on the first place? The answer is a big NO. Why?

For one Facebook has 500 million users and is currently valued at 50 billion US dollars after the website nabbed 450 million US dollars in funding from investment bank Goldman Sachs. Do you think a company with that many users and with that value will just shutdown its operation just because its founder was so stressed? Common sense will tell you that even if Zuckerberg is tired and stressed, he will not shutdown Facebook, he may asked someone to run it for him.

You will encounter more hoax and hype throughout your weblife and a little investigation regarding the veracity of the news will help a lot. Do not believe anything you see and read from the web. Just like in the real world, there are news that are true, and there news that are false.

This Facebook shutdown hoax should also serve as a wakeup call for everyone – that our life goes on with or without Facebook. There are those who got worried, there are those who were happy after learning about the news. Either way, there is life after Facebook.

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