This is all noise. Even if all the people who rail against Facebook’s privacy changes, do actually quit (they won’t), that will only be a drop in the bucket.
Facebook is too mainstream now for it to matter that Leo Laporte deleted his account, and Jason Calacanis threatened to do so. If Lady Gaga quit, that might make a ripple.
Right, wrong or indifferent, Facebook is a business, and all your data are belong to them–all those pictures, status updates, comments, profiles, notes, pokes, farms, everything.
Facebook began as the antithesis of what it has become. It was a closed network by design, and this is the contract that users feel they have with Facebook.
So, what better time to go freemium than now?
Think about it. Assuming most people are in an uproar about privacy (which they aren’t) what better time to offer them a way to hold on to all the social artifacts they’ve added to Facebook, at a fee.
Flickr makes you pay to store photos beyond a certain number. Facebook doesn’t, and they are the largest online photo sharing site by a very large margin.
Worried about privacy changes? Don’t be a sour puss and delete your account, pay to keep it private.
All it takes is one because, as we’ve seen, social obligation is a powerful motivator.