Deleting an account on Facebook
I just read a long post by Steven Mansour on his website where he described how he tried to close down his account on Facebook. He still received numerous emails from Facebook after using the so called "Account deactivation" feature which made him wonder if his account was really gone from their system.
It turned out that deactivation really meant that his account was put on ice and that he would be able to activate it again. This makes me wonder why they would send emails to a deactivated account but that is another story.
He contacted Facebook support only to find out that they would only delete the account if he removed everything that he did and that left traces at Facebook.
This basically meant that he had to delete every single minifeed item, friend, post, wall writing and all the other traces by hand to make them close his account. This sounds pretty ridiculous to me and lays the burden solely on the user. He found out that there was no other way and did what they requested which finally made them remove his account completely from Facebook.
I do share some of the feelings that Steven has about his personal data on the web. It becomes more and more apparent that everyone wants to know as much as possible about you to be able to make the most profit with that information. Just search for "Steven Mansour" (or any other name) on Google to find out lots of information about him.
I try to use nicknames - different ones - on sites that I use and try to avoid using my real name. I just don't want someone to be able to find out "things" about me that I do not want them to know. I don't want my boss - or next company - to make decisions about my future based on what they can find out about me on the Internet.
What is your stance?
Update: Facebook has improved the process. All you need to do now is to visit the Delete Account page on Facebook and hit the button on that page to start the process.
Please note that it may take up to 90 days to remove all your data from the site. This includes things you have posted or uploaded, liked or shared on Facebook as well as data on backup servers.
Additional information about deleting your account on Facebook are provided on this help page on Facebook.
i NEVER use my full name online, its always my nickname. i.e. Jim Smith instead of James Smith
Then any new employee will be looking for James Smith.. it works! my google search on my real name, brings back 0 results on me, but my nickname has the front page wrapped up!
haha that was smart :P now google have your real name too =)
duh.. check the name! SMITH??? loads of them…its not my real surname … :)
I had a similar experince with MySpace. In fact they deleted my account but I kept getting emails from all my former MySpace blog subscriptions and they wouldn’t talk to me since I no longer had an account….
It eventualy dawned me since I have my own server (well I pay a web hosting service for it) that I could just filter it on the server and that solved the problem.
But the fact that I had to go to that extereme made no sense.
I learned my lesson, I later opened a MySpace account and used a “throwaway” address.
does not know that it is hard to do so. with recent apps on facebook? why close an account? :D
piece or crap facebook! they prob keepin records of all the millions of emails! its just a way to keep track of ppl and have a list of info!!…i dont trust them!