The so called “social networking” websites seem to be the new craze (or is it already too old?). I used to have an account in facebook and orkut for more than 2 years and it was mainly used to connect back to classmates and the likes. But it turned out to be a distraction, atleast for a while. One just connects to a friend and almost never talks to him or her again thru these websites. Instead we post what we ate for breakfast, what new year resolutions we took etc etc - those phrases which carry zero information. And some people use it to show off their new materialistic possessions like their new Honda Cities and their newly built houses and their latest trip across atlantic etc.One can easily sink an hour a day browsing from a link to another without leaving facebook.com.
In the end, I decided that my time is more precious and enough is enough. So I am facebook/orkut free from today. Facebook incidentally only de-activates the account.
I didn’t tell my friends in facebook or orkut that I am leaving. But I guess in the true spirit of social networking, they don’t care, so it doesn’t matter.