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Nechama Brodie Commits Facebook Suicide

Inside JoburgThe author of Inside Joburg was sick and tired of being inside Facebook, having to put up with its privacy wafflings and other vagaries. She finally decided to get out:

Send no flowers. My Facebook profile is dead. A little after midnight, on Monday May 31, I permanently deleted my Facebook account. I even made a Facebook suicide playlist, starting with The Clash (Should I Stay or Should I Go) and ending with — well, it couldn’t really be anything else, could it — Sinatra’s My Way.

I realised, even before I pushed the “kill” button, that my Facebook suicide would not be a particularly big deal to the site’s 26-year-old co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, with his estimated personal fortune of $4-billion. And I’m confident not too many of the nearly 500-million other Facebook users will even notice I’m gone. Although my mother has said she’ll miss me. Most of my friends acted as though I’d suggested they give up smoking. Although none of them smoke anymore, now that they have kids and houses and bonds and digital family photo albums.

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