Driving in my car on the way home from work last night I heard a local D.J. talk about a site on the internet that sound pretty cool, and yet oh so very drastic. The idea is that for those who wish to unplug, and fully quit the social networking seen, they can be assisted in committing suicide. Well, suicide of their online personas of course (I mean, really, don’t go commit suicide if you are sick of Twitter!)
This site is called The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. This is from their site:
Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!
I just checked out their site today, and BAM! Already Facebook is blocking them. They are looking for ways to get around Facebook’s IP blocking so they may carry out their virtual Kevorkian duties. If you go to their site today, you will see the following message:
After more than 50,000 friends being unfriended and more than 500 forever "signed-out" users, Facebook started to block our suicide machine from their servers without any comment! We are currently looking in ways to circumvent this ungrounded restriction imposed on our service!
I am thinking that this might be good for people like my buddy Sundance who likes to re-invent his online self approximately every six months or so. I think it might also be a nasty little tool if you find out someone’s login information, and want to wipe out all of their accounts in one fell swoop. Other than that, I don’t think I have any personal use for it.
What about you? Have any interest in committing Web 2.0 suicide and reconnecting with the real world? Let us know in the comments!