"PALO ALTO, CA –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.”
Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.
“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”
Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.
“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”
However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.
“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”
Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.
But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.
“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”
The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased." -weeklyworldnews-
"There’s a silly rumor exploding on the Internet this weekend, alleging that Facebook is shutting down on March 15 because CEO Mark Zuckerberg “wants his old life back,” and desires to “put an end to all the madness.”hey,dah bace petikan atas ni?hahaha.tak logik kan kalau nak tutup cepat2.ayat last dia memang tak tahan.will people believe anything?....tak cukup dengan tu.baca yg ni pulak;
[UPDATE] We have official confirmation from Facebook Director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu that the rumor is false. We asked him via e-mail if Facebook was shutting down on March 15, to which he responded, “The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness.” He added, “We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there’s lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away like always.”
Let’s think about this for a minute. Would Facebook decide to shut down the company just a few days after announcing a round of funding, consisting of $450 million from Goldman Sachs and $50 million from Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, on a valuation of $50 billion?
The spurious report was started by a site to which we refuse to link, known for its reports of impending attacks of alien spaceships and false reports of a Michelle Obama pregnancy.
The fact that this absurd hoax spread so efficiently makes us wonder: Will people believe anything?" -mashable.com-
"Internet faux news site Weekly World News posted an outrageous story that Facebook will be shut down on March 15th 2011, due to the stress it has put Founder Mark Zuckerberg through.
Normally this type of news would not even be worth our time and effort, but an unfortunate situation occurred where thousands of viewers actually believed the story and shared it on Facebook. Over the past hour, 40 of my 320+ friends shared this story, and I’ve received a couple messages and emails about it from “worried” fans. I expect that the situation will get worse, sparking more controversy over the Internet.
So just to confirm, this is a fake story by a faux news site, similar to that of The Onion and Chive. As a reminder, always fact check before passing on stories, or else what happened today will keep happening over and over (like this trend will ever stop anyway)… oh yea, use some common sense. Also, with a company estimated at being worth over $50 billion, why would anyone even think of suddenly shutting it down. As a friend said, it would obviously make sense to sell it off rather than just kill it all together." -blogtechnical.com-
|Alahai abg mark kita ni..|
"LAS VEGAS (AFP) – A rumor Facebook was shutting down wafted over the Web, forcing the hugely popular social network to deny it had any intention of closing.The rumor was started by a satirical online website whose other news flashes include such items as "Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth in 2011" and "George Clooney Running for President."As unlikely as it would seem that the social network with more than 500 million members would shut down, the rumor spread rapidly on Twitter and on Facebook itself.tak cukup lagi ker?ni yang last ye :
Facebook denied it was shutting down in a statement posted on... Facebook."We didn't get the memo about shutting down, so we'll keep working away like always. We aren't going anywhere; we're just getting started," it said."-news.yahoo-
"KUALA LUMPUR: The Internet was abuzz yesterday as rumours spread that the popular social networking site Facebook would be shutting down on March 15.Tau tak mane sumber yang kate facebook ni akan ditutup?pergi tengok petikan pertama.hehe.Name sumber tu ialah "weekly world news".Korang boleh tengok ayat yang telah dibesarkan kat petikan terakhir atas ni.Jadi?nak percaya atau tak tu terpulanglah ye.Kalau tutup nanti,kesian Uncle najib tak dapat nak spread 1 Malaysia through this Social Website.So,abg Mark tolonglah biar benda ni kekal.Supaya satu Malaysia dapat disebarkan.Dan yang penting,dakwah islam pun dapat disebarkan oleh pendakwah yg menggunakan teknologi utk berdakwah.(jgn igt benda buruk je ade eh kat fb ni)Tapi saya tak nafikanlah bahawa keburukan itu lebih banyak dari kebaikannya.itu yang pasti.
A glance on online trend-tracking system GoogleTrends indicated the rumour started gaining traction yesterday at 4am before peaking seven hours later.
If true, the shutdown could affect some 500 million users worldwide, including some 9.9 million users in Malaysia.
It is unclear where the rumour began, although some publications have attributed it to a widely-linked article posted by US-based news website, the Weekly World News.
The article stated that “users will no longer be able to access their Facebook account” starting March 15, and quoted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life.
“I need to put an end to all the madness,” he was reported to have said.
Weekly World News, however, is known for its comedic news spoofs and blatantly false reports, with its recent articles claiming that United States First Lady Michelle Obama was pregnant and that actor George Clooney would be running for president next year.
Facebook representatives have yet to address the rumour. For now, however, it is fairly safe to assume the speculation is a hoax.
The rumour came on the heels of major developments in the industry, with online services corporation
Yahoo! announcing last month that it would be shutting down its
Yahoo! Video service, also on March 15. The Facebook corporation’s value is also set to rise to US$50 billion (RM153 billion) following a recent announcement that global investment firm Goldman Sachs and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies would be investing some US$500 million investment in the social networking giant.
Meanwhile, MySpace.com, another social networking site which has struggled to compete with Facebook’s success, is reported to be planning a massive restructuring project, which would reduce its international workforce to a skeleton staff." -nst.com-
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