The rumor that Facebook will be shutting down entirely on March 15, 2011 caused confusion amongst many as it was thought to be true. Even Google Trends and Twitter had the Facebook shutdown rumor as hot topics and a Facebook group was started to stop Facebook from shutting down.
Although it is unknown how the Facebook shutdown rumor started, two things may have influenced the rumor. First, a CNN opinion by Douglas Rushkoff wherein Mr. Rushkoff believes that the hype of Facebook will fade and the recent Goldman Sachs investment could signal the beginning of the end. Additionally, Yahoo announced that it’s Yahoo Video will be closing down on March 15, 2011.
It is easy to see how someone listening to portions of a conversation could end up with Facebook will shut down on March 15, 2011. However, this is not the case. Facebook is not shutting down on March 15, 2011 and the rumor is just that – an unfounded rumor. There is no reason for Facebook fans and users to panic or worry about removing photos from the Facebook site.