We just can’t quit you, Facebook (or can we?)

There’s a lot of noise on the internet about people publicly announcing that they’re quitting Facebook. The recent gripes are focused on Facebook over revisions to its platform and privacy policy that encourage its members to make personal information accessible to anyone on the Internet. Despite the criticisms being voiced about facebook.com, it is possible to maintain your Facebook profile and your privacy.

According to an article in the New York Times, "Analysts and industry experts are quick to point out that Facebook has dealt with a number of user protests in its six-year history and emerged unscathed each time, continuing to add new users at a record clip. For many users, the Web site is an irreplaceable nexus of friends, relatives and colleagues online, making it difficult to abandon."

One website, quitfacebookday.com reminds us that "Quit Facebook Day" is on May 31. The commitment on the site is currently about 20,000 members (as of May 26, 2010) out of its staggering 400 million members. Looking at data over the past two years, Facebook’s Unique Visitors is at an all-time high. In addition, Facebook’s reach has seen an increase between March and April.

If you’re not interested in deleting your Facebook page, but want to adjust your privacy settings,  this guide to Facebook privacy that helps you understand and control how you share information.  In addition, a new Mashable video outlines  how the new and improved (read: simpler) privacy interface works.  If you have concerns about your privacy, you are in control of how much information you share and you can change your settings with a few simple clicks.

I understand the concerns about privacy, but ask you to think about this: contemplating deleting your Facebook is very different than actually deleting your Facebook account. You have control over how much information you provide on your Facebook page and how much information you allow to be public. If you’re still not convinced and want to delete your Facebook page, detailed instructions on how to delete your Facebook page can be found here, but how are you going to get through the 4pm slump on a Friday without Farmville?

If you are not interested in deleting your Facebook account and want to connect with Compete on Facebook, we’d love to see you there. Or, join us on twitter @Compete.

About Karen Costa:
As the Online Marketing Specialist at Compete, Karen Costa specializes in the day-to-day online marketing functions for Compete.com-paid search, email marketing, social media, affiliate, etc. Before Karen joined the Compete team she was an online marketing coordinator for Bliss Spa and then worked for a couple of start ups. Karen says, "I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up!" Find Karen on Twitter as vanillabean45 or connect with her on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencosta