declutterbug #2: suicide machine (social network annihilation via a little red button)

Posted on December 31st, 2009

Check out this new online gizmo. Web 2.0 Suicide Machine allows you to wipe yourself from social networking. Forever.

become as free as a REAL bird

become as free as a REAL bird

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine can strike you off Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. At the press of a button.

As the site says,  be as free as a real bird. A 2010 resolution, perhaps? To free yourself from the relentless tinkering with and preening of your social network sites?

I am very much hesitant about why I have a Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn presence. It all seems rather counter-intuitive to my search for simplicity and LESS in all aspects of my life.

It’s also all about friend accrual. And I’m not sure that this is how I want to conduct my interactions with people. Power on the web involves being  what I call a “friend whore” – getting as many followers as possible so that…what?…you’re heard? when you pen your first novel you have a fan base? I’m just not sure.

I’m going to think about www wipeout for a bit. That’s what I do. I sit on things and then the answer comes to me very obviously. It can take a while. If you’ve reached saturation point, then give it a go. I’d say tell me all about it when you do, but you probably won’t be able to, cut off as you will be from all things online. Perhaps I’ll see you on the dark side!

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  • For some reason, I have never felf the pressure of twitter or facebook. I blog at a rhythm that suits me (and I enjoy it a lot). We get caught up in so much (must have) rubbish that the song of the cicadas ( they are so amazing!) somehow becomes secondary.

    I would rather turn the lights out, light a big fat candle and listen to their song, than be sucked into the internet vortex and lose what I am really here to experience.

    I enjoy your column in the Sunday herald a lot and your blog gives much inspiration. Have a magical 2010!


  • I like twitter because it actually does simplify things for me – I can quickly and easily chat to my friends as a group, and keep up with my online reading (including your blog!). I hate Facebook but I have to keep my account and check it occasionally or I would never find out about parties and such I should attend (people my age don’t bother calling or texting anymore, a group invitation on Facebook will do!). I don’t like the idea of people being judged and categorised by their online profiles. It’s so superficial and impersonal.

    Thank you again for your refreshing and thought-provoking insights, Sarah 🙂


  • TeddyBear

    Sarah, i went cold turkey on facebbook, didn’t have this package so just had to delete all friends 1 by 1..some got their noses out of joint, but i had to do it, was so tired of everyone (myself included) being good you sit on things..i do this are so right..the answer ALWAYS comes…:)


  • Andrew

    I prefer face to face relationships and friendships. No facebook for me.


  • Florence

    I don’t have friends I don’t know. Think about it. What’s a friend? These days, a purchase or an acquisition. “Friend Whore”? Harsh but true! A friend is not a Thing you pick up or dump like an unwanted christmas gift or an “oh I might as well to boost my friend count”.
    ‘Friend Count’? Friends COUNT alright: caring, loving people we Truly share our lives with on a meaningful level. They’re called realationships for a reason. OK, many connections are via e-media, but true friendship is not one where you ‘press here to delete’! I have never done that and never will – unless it’s an unsatisfactory online outlet! Truly sad when ‘Friends’ really are little more than an afterthought or boost flagging egos. Delete ‘friends’ who don’t add to my popularity level or fail to make me appear cool and unique by association?
    How mature: hey guys – look how many friends I have!


  • max

    As with everything in life, all thing in moderation to maintain the best balance. If you let social media rule your life it becomes counter productive and the loss of true living that some people speak of here in the comments is the end result. Use it wisely and effectively and it actually helps connect and re-connect with life and people around you.


  • Gemma

    I have a Facebook, and lately I have been so tempted to wipe myself off the face of the Social Networking Planet. Over the past several months I seen myself become absolutely addicted to facebook, either checking in on my mobile, logging on every 10 minutes at home, every time I take a photo thinking ‘this is definately facebook material’ etc. Oh, and that feeling when you notice one of you 335 friends has deleted you, shattered! Even if it was a random from the other side of the world who you accidently accepted their Friend Reques.

    Sometimes I feel so caught up in it all, I wish I could just let myself go and escape from it, this definately sounds like a great option!


  • Sarah, good on you for contemplating it. I think it comes down to your motivations for being on these networks. For me, it is about connecting with other people and am OK with it, I’ve never been in it for the ‘friend whoring’ or collecting the largest group of friends – it’s shallow and meaningless.

    However, most Social Media/Technology these days seems to include the dreaded counter: How many twitter followers you have, how many diggs a site gets, how many FB friends you have…all counters, and such a base-level way to compare to others. I wonder how much different it would be if all counters were hidden?

    Bottom line for me: I don’t do it for the numbers 🙂


  • I’m not sure why you would want to completely rid yourself of social networking. The fun of being online is the idea of interacting with others. If it’s beneficial, helpful, useful, positive then go for it. Having many friends is just an illusion. Take things slow, but keep in contact. Great Friends don’t come overnight or rarely does.


  • Clover

    It took me weeks to do more than just “de-activate” my facebook account(sooo easy to just get back on when the mood strikes!). But when i finally closed it down for good, it felt almost like revolution…or rebellion at least. And I don’t miss the voyeurism or the nights spent trawling pages of someone’s hawaii vacation photos while my partner is left alone to watch tv in my absence. Now we have a glass of wine together and watch the sbs 2 movie most nights-far more satisfying!