If you're disenchanted with Facebook, you're not alone. Now one Web site aims to make disconnecting from the service as painless as possible.
"Impress your friends, disconnect yourself," is the slogan on www.seppukoo.com, which aims to subvert Facebook by offering its millions of users a glorious end and a memorial page to match.
"Rather than fall into the hands of their enemies, ancient Japanese samurai preferred to die with honor, voluntarily plunging a sword into the abdomen," the Web site says. This form of ritual suicide was known as seppuku.
"As the seppuku restores the samurai's honor as a warrior, seppukoo.com deals with the liberation of the digital body," the site says.
Today the enemy is not other bands of noble warriors but corporate media who use viral marketing to make huge profits by connecting people across the globe.
"Seppukoo playfully attempts to subvert this mechanism by disconnecting people from each other and transforming the individual suicide experience into an exciting 'social' experience."
The site, which uses its own viral marketing strategy to lure in disgruntled social networkers, is part of a protest wave that sees Facebook as a potentially dangerous entity beholden to corporate interests.