How to Really Delete Your Facebook
FIRSTLY: Go into FB and Change ALL your profile settings expecially your name. These are the things FB wants to keep in order to own your box. I deleted my likes/dislikes. Made eveything only visible to me. Changed my name to something I will never remember. It is also suggested to change your password so that you won't log back in during the 14 day period. I did not change my password just bacause I can avoid logging inafter I unlinked my google account, and disabled all email notifications, after removeing my PHONE number! But your need your password to do a lot of this so to change it to something you won't remember can actually work against you. CHANGE EVERYTHING YOU CAN. SideNote some of you will not care, but I hate FB and wanted it gone.
Account Deep in the belly of the Facebook help center you can find the URL to permanently delete your Facebook account.Before I show you the link however please read the following carefully: Remember that deleting your Facebook means that all of the information you have entered will be erased. Photos, account friends, messages, status updates etc.. All traces of you will be nuked on Facebook (At least we can assume so…). With that in mind, please move forward reading all large and fine print. Okay so lets get started on permanently deleting your profile.1. Visit http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account
, Click Submit 2. You’ll be asked to confirm, Type in your Password, and then Solve the Captcha. Click Okay to continue. All done, sort of… Even after confirming the deletion of your account, Facebook will only “deactivate” it leaving you 14 days to log back in and cancel the entire deletion… um yeah… I know what you’re thinking… “Really? 14 days to delete my data?” I completed the scavenger hunt and found the “DELETE” link.I saw the BIG RED TEXT warning me my account would be permanently deleted. I entered my password. I helped translate a book for GOOGLE by solving the Captcha puzzle. And lastly I clicked the Okay button, What part of “DELETE MY ACCOUNT” don’t you understand Facebook? Perhaps you thought I was joking? Or Drunk? But if that’s the case why the 5 steps above? Yes Regis, that’s my final answer! Delete my account! Anyway, I think it’s pretty obvious by now Facebook doesn’t really care about you personally, they just don’t want to lose any of YOUR data from their service. Not your employment data, school history, friends, network, photos, your tagged face etc… which they managed to collect from you over the year in their social web. The 14 day grace period is just their last ditch attempt to somehow lure you back into the service somehow (either accidentally or from some subconscious facebook addiction) in order to abort the account cancellation process.With this in mind, here’s a few tips to make sure you don’t “accidentally” login to Facebook thus aborting your account nuke process.Clear your browser cache and delete all cookies – Firefox / Internet Explorer / Secure Wipe w/CCleaner Delete the Facebook Application on your iPhone (don’t worry, it’s free if you ever want to add it again…)Avoid clicking the Facebook Share button on any websites you read such as the button below (sorry, couldn’t resist <smile> )5/5/2010 UPDATE: Reader UXP made a good point in his comment below reminding me that Facebook is also used by many people for single sign on for commenting on blogs or logging into websites (like digg.com
for instance). Another example is FacebBook chat clients like Pidgin or Adium. Use these services, post a comment on a blog using FaceBook Connect or login to a site using your FaceBook account during your 14 day waiting period and your FB account will be reactivated. Ouch… that one is gonna hurt if your only Creds on DIGG.com or other sites is your Facebook account…Now, I can’t make any promises however after ALL THIS WORK (and 14 days of course), your account should be deleted.. that is unless you were only joking and actually DIDN’T want to delete your account… Again, joking. Comments? Questions? Reactions? Drop a note below or click here to take a look at a few more of my Privacy / Security rants. My personal favorite being How-To lose your face with Google Picasa!
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