It’s not clear how it started, but a ridiculous rumor that Facebook is shutting down is spreading fast on social networks.
The hot rumor — evidenced by Google Trends and gaining traction on Twitter — says that on March 15, 2011, Facebook will be closing down. Not taking a day off, not undergoing maintenance, but ending entirely.
Facebook users are also concerned. Says one: “Facebook is shutting down on March 15, 2011 for good D: Is there any way we can stop this!?!?” And a group has already started to stop Facebook from shutting down.
Whatever the reason for this rumor, it’s safe to say that as a site with more than 500 million users and a $500 millon investment from Goldman Sachs recently, Facebook won’t be shutting down anytime soon.