"Web 2.0 Suicide Machine" is no more - at least as we have come to know it - and at least for now.
When last we checked in on the Suicide Machine back in January, it was merrily assisting soon-to-be-former members of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn to automatically, speedily -- and ceremoniously -- eliminate the "friends" they had accumulated using those services. More than 3,000 people had bid a virtual farewell to some quarter of a million accumulated acquaintances.
It was all great fun for those who've had their fill of social networking. Facebook, however, was not amused and blocked the site. Its lawyers also accused the scamps behind Suicide Machine -- an outfit called WORM that's associated with Rotterdam-based medialab Moddr - of trademark and terms-of-use violations.
Facebook even demanded that WORM walk its own plank and delete the WORM Facebook account, which meant curtains for 3,000 of its closest pseudo-friends.
As a side note, I thin that social networking sites have had their day. Overall volume of traffic on the social network sites I use is clearly dropping, and I think the reason is that computers allow you to be very selective about what you are looking at, but social networks after a while are like being back in the real world, in a room full of people all yammering away whether you want to pay attention or not.
I find it rather amazing that the operators of the social networking sites are willing to go to such extremes to prevent people from leaving as freely as they joined.