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Beware the Ides of March

January 10, 2011

I came across this story this morning, claiming that Facebook will come to an end on 15th March 2011.  It would appear that this story has struck a chord on FB itself, with people all over the world lamenting the end and spamming up FB with links and comments.  If some of the comments are to be taken at face value, all communication in human society began when FB was created and will die with FB.

According to this story, Mark Zuckerberg does not like the effect FB has had on his life and will shut it down on 15th March, permanently removing all the photos, videos, witty banter, clumsy flirting and starey-eyed obsession at a stroke.  The story quotes an Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs as saying that FB is closing and all data will be lost.  A 15-second Google search today led me to this.  Jonathan Heiliger is listed as VP for Technical Operations.  So, exercising a little deduction, I am confident in saying that the Avrat Humarthi quoted does not exist.

Don’t get me wrong here, I love FB.  I spend way too much time on there, footling around.  The issue here for me is the epic level of gullibility shown by what should be an internet-savvy and information-aware ‘community’.  It shows once again what can be a major flaw with people, which I can only describe as a herd mentality.  Look at religion, look at politics and now look at online ‘communities’.  People are too often credulous and easily-led.  Too few people seem to question anything that comes their way.  Nobody seems to exercise any thought of their own.

I have a motto.  It’s not very original or snappy, but I like it:

Trust no-one.

Believe nothing.

Check everything.

I managed to debunk the foundations of this story in less than 30 seconds.  Why have so few people bothered to do the same.  Have some respect for yourself.  Use the incredible power that exists in every human brain and find your own way through the deluge of information.

But, whatever you do, don’t just take my word for it.

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