A ridiculous rumor that Facebook is shutting down is spreading fast on social networks. It’s not clear how it started, but it’s gaining a momentum.
The hot rumor, evidenced by Google Trends is gaining traction on Twitter. It says that on March 15, 2011, Facebook will be closing down. Not taking a day off, not undergoing maintenance, but ending entirely.
The rumor has led to frantic tweets. Facebook users are also concerned. Few groups are already created to stop Facebook from shutting down.
Just a day ago, on the 7th of January, an opinion piece published on CNN “Facebook hype will fade” said that the recent Goldman Sachs investment was the “beginning of the end” for Facebook. That post went viral with more than 5,000 Facebook “likes” and could be partially to blame for the ensuing panic.
Whatever the reason for this rumor, a site with more than 500,000 million users and a $500,000 millon investment from Goldman Sachs recently,Â it is not expected to shut down anytime soon.