How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites

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We all have an increasing number of sites and online services we’re members of, and sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming. At times, we just need to delete our memberships to some sites, either in an effort to simplify our lives or just because we’ve grown tired of a particular site or service.

What we often don’t realize when signing up for all these accounts, though, is how difficult it can be to permanently delete our accounts when we’ve had enough. Some require complicated, multi-step processes that can stretch over the course of days (or weeks). Others take less time, but still require multiple steps by the user.

Below we’ll take a look at the account deletion processes of popular websites and services, and how easy or difficult they make it. Then we’ll discuss why sites make things so complicated, and some things to consider when designing your own deletion policies.

Facebook

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Difficulty (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being hardest): 5

Deleting a Facebook account is a bit more complicated than many other services. There are two options for getting rid of your FB account, one that’s permanent and complete, and one that lets you change your mind later.

If you just want to shut down your account for a little while, with the option to reactivate it later, you can deactivate your account. This is simple: just go into your account settings and click on the “deactivate account” link. This immediately makes your account invisible to everyone else on Facebook. If you decide at a later date that you want to reactivate your account, it’s as simple as reactivating.

If you’re looking for something a little more permanent, though, you’ll need to submit a request to Facebook. The tricky thing here, though, is that they don’t immediately delete your account, and if at any time before it’s permanently deleted you log in or otherwise interact with Facebook, your deletion request will be canceled. For that reason, it’s a good idea to go around to any computers or devices (like your mobile phone) that you access your account through and log out (deleting saved passwords is also a good idea to prevent an accidental login).

Then you can use the form found here2 to request deletion. Remember not to log into your account at any point after that. There doesn’t seem to be any official notice on how long it takes, but unofficial reports say 14 days. To be on the safe side, you may want to wait a month or more before attempting to login to confirm your account has been deleted.

More information on deleting your Facebook account can be found in their FAQs3.

Twitter

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Difficulty: 2

In contrast to deleting a Facebook account, deleting a Twitter account is relatively easy. All you need to do is go into your account settings and click on the “Deactivate my account” link at the bottom of the page. This is a permanent deactivation, though it can take up to a month for your account and information to disappear entirely from their system.

One word of warning, though: if you think you might want to use your email address, username or phone number on Twitter in the future, make sure that you change them prior to deactivating your account. Whether these things are permanently blocked from Twitter in the future or only temporarily isn’t specified, but it’s a good idea to change them anyway.

You can find more information on deleting your Twitter account here5.

MySpace

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Difficulty: 4

Deleting a MySpace account is a bit convoluted, but doable. You’ll need to login to your account and then go to the “My Account” link, and then select “Account”. Scroll until you see the “Account Cancellation” section and click on “Cancel Account”. This is where it gets a little bit complicated. MySpace will then send you an email with instructions for completing your account cancellation. Except the email doesn’t come right away, and can take a couple of days to show up. Once you get the email, it asks you for confirmation again that you want to delete your account, but then deletes it immediately.

All of the above works just fine, as long as you still have access to the email address you signed up with. But as so often happens when we finally decide to clean up our online accounts, some of them may be associated with outdated email or other accounts. In that case, there are a few alternatives listed by MySpace. The first one is to edit your profile and replace everything in your “About Me” box with “REMOVE PROFILE” and then contact MySpace and tell them to delete your profile (including your friend ID or URL). If that doesn’t work (say, if you can’t login to your account at all), you can just contact MySpace and ask them to delete the profile. How quickly they actually do so isn’t specified.

Official instructions for deleting your account can be found here7.

LinkedIn

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Difficulty: 3

LinkedIn makes it quite easy to delete your account, once you know where to look. Click on “Settings” in the upper-right of the screen once you’re logged into your account, and then select “Close Your Account” under “Personal Information”. You’ll then be prompted for the reason you’re closing your account, and once confirmed, your account will be deleted.

As far as social networking sites go, LinkedIn probably has the most straight-forward account closure process. More details can be found here9.

Google

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Difficulty: 3

Considering how pervasive Google is in our digital existence, you’d think deleting your Google account might be incredibly complicated. After all, many of us use dozens of Google services, and you’d think each one would require separate deletion.

For the most part, deleting your entire Google account is easy. There are only a few services that require special consideration. Of course, with the exception of a couple of services, there’s no way to delete individual services completely from your Google account. For example, with Analytics, you can delete each individual site you’re tracking, but not the Analytics account itself.

To delete your main Google account, login through the Google Accounts homepage. Then click on “Edit” next to “My Products”. From that page, you can delete certain services (Orkut and Web History), as well as delete your entire account by clicking on “Clear account and delete all services and info associated with it”. This will take you to a form where you’ll need to confirm each of the services you’ll be deleting. If you linked your Google account to an existing YouTube account, you’ll need to delete that account separately.

Then you’ll need to confirm your password, and check that you do, indeed, want to close your account, and that you know you’re still responsible for any pending financial transactions associated with your account. Then confirm, and your account will be deleted.

Certain services, including Google Alerts, Groups, and Docs, aren’t automatically deleted in this way. To unsubscribe from alerts, you’ll need to refer back to your original Alerts email (or from any Alerts email you’ve since received) and click the ‘unsubscribe’-link there. For Groups, you’ll also need to unsubscribe from each group.

Google Docs leaves shared documents and presentations available to collaborators and viewers. Spreadsheets, on the other hand, aren’t available to collaborators or viewers once you’ve deleted your account (so have a collaborator create a copy of the spreadsheet prior to deleting your account). With shared documents and presentations, you’ll want to reassign ownership to another user before deleting your account.

Full details on deleting your Google account can be found on the Google’s Help page “Deleting: Your Google Account”11.

Ebay

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Difficulty: 3

Ebay13 makes it fairly easy to close your account, though they do impose a waiting period. All you need to do is make sure your account has a zero balance, and then click the link to request your account be closed on this page14.

One caveat: if you think you might want to use your email address for another Ebay account in the future, make sure that you change it prior to deleting your account. Email addresses and user IDs cannot be reused in the future. Once the waiting period has ended, your account will be deleted and your feedback ratings and other information will no longer be visible. Whether that information is permanently deleted or stored on a server somewhere ad infinitum isn’t specified.

Wikipedia

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Difficulty: Impossible

Wikipedia16 is one of the few websites out there that doesn’t allow you to delete your account. That’s right, once you have a Wikipedia account, you have it forever. There is some hope, though, if you really don’t want to be associated with it any longer.

In most cases, accounts can be renamed and your user page can be deleted, along with (in some cases) your user talk pages. While this doesn’t erase your tracks entirely, it does effectively let you vanish from the site.

Wikipedia’s reasoning behind this is that all contributions have to be assigned to someone. They can’t have anonymous or orphaned contributions, or it would potentially ruin the crowdsourced and open nature of the site.

Flickr/Yahoo!

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Difficulty: 2

Deleting your account on Flickr18 is relatively easy. Once you’ve logged into your account, go to your account settings and click on the “Personal Information” tab. From there, click the link “Delete your Flickr account”. A warning screen will come up that informs you that the deletion is permanent, and that all of your photos and videos will be deleted.

Deleting your entire Yahoo!19 account is a separate step. Log into your account and then go to the account deletion page20. This page explains what happens when you delete your account. User information is kept on Yahoo!’s active servers for 90 days after the deletion has been requested, and may persist in backups beyond that. Once you’ve read the information on the page, you have to enter your password, a captcha code and then confirm that you want to delete your account. One thing to remember: if you’ve signed up for any Yahoo! premium services, you may still be billed for those after your account has been terminated, so make sure you cancel those premium services before you delete your account.

Windows Live

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Difficulty: 2

Closing your Windows Live22 account is actually surprisingly easy. There’s only a problem if you’re using that account to access other websites. If so, you’ll need to go to each website where you’re using your Windows Live login credentials and delete your accounts there prior to deleting the Live account itself. If you don’t, you won’t be able to delete those accounts (or do anything with them) once your Live ID is deactivated.

Now, once you’ve verified that all your accounts linked to your Live ID have been closed, all you need to do is go to your Windows Live account23 and click on the “Close your account” link at the bottom under “Other Options”. This will bring up a page that tells you what happens when your account is closed. This includes that your registered information will be permanently deleted, that some information might not be deleted (refer to their privacy statement for details on that), and that if you have associated children’s accounts with that Live ID, they will also be deactivated. To finish the deletion process, you have to type in your password and click “Yes”.

There are reports that at this point you may be told there is a Microsoft email account associated with your account, and that your account cannot be closed. From there, you just need to click on “Close your Microsoft account” and then “Close my account”.

Stumbleupon

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Difficulty: 1

Stumbleupon is one of the easiest web services to delete your account from. Just go to their delete account page, enter your user ID/nickname and password, and click on “Delete Account”. That’s it! Account deletions are permanent, so make sure you really want to delete your account before clicking that “Delete Account” button.

WordPress.com

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Difficulty: Impossible

WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to delete your account. Instead, they recommend you simply leave the account inactive. If you’re worried about the information you’ve uploaded to your WordPress.com account, remember you can always delete the information contained in the account (or replace it with false information).

Start by deleting your blogs. To do that, go to Tools and then “Delete Site”. There’s an email confirmation step required. You may want to run an export of your site’s content first, just so you have a backup in case you ever want to repost or reuse any of it (or just for posterity). After that, you can replace your email address and other identifying information with alternative information. More information can be found on this page26 and this one27.

Amazon

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Difficulty: 3

Closing your Amazon29 account requires you to contact their customer service department to request the account to be closed. This can only be done if you have no pending transactions, so make sure you’ve either received or cancelled all recent orders.

The email to customer service has to be sent from the email-address associated with your account. Other than that, they don’t give any indication of either how long it might take to delete the account30 or if there are additional confirmation steps involved.

YouTube

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Difficulty: 3

If your YouTube32 account was set up with your Google account login credentials (as in, you used your Google account to sign up for your YouTube account), it’s automatically deleted when you delete your Google account. But if you set it up separately from your Google account (or linked the accounts together after they were both set up, or if you want to keep your Google account), you’ll need to delete it separately. One thing to note is that deleting your account does not delete your videos or channel, just your profile information. You’ll need to delete those prior to deleting your account.

The deletion process is pretty straightforward, though it does have a few more steps than are really necessary. Log in to your account and then go to “Manage” from the drop-down menu under your user name. Then click on “Manage Account” and then “Delete Account”. It will then ask you why you want to delete your account. Fill that in and then click the “Delete Account” button. YouTube then brings up a window that reminds you that your videos will not be deleted, only your profile. If you’ve deleted your videos and channel (or opted not to), then click on “Delete Account” one more time. You then have to confirm one more time. After that, try logging into your account again to make sure it’s been deleted.

PayPal

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Difficulty: 1

Closing a PayPal34 account is pretty simple. Just log in to your account, and then click on your “Profile” link. From there, click on the “Close Account” link in the “Account Information” column. You’ll be prompted to continue from there and then you’ll need to click the “Close Account” button.

You’ll want to make sure your account is current and that there are no pending transactions, and of course you’ll want to transfer the positive balance to your bank account. There are reports that if you delete your PayPal account, it’s more difficult to get another one in the future (as in, they require more information of you). Whether this is true or not is unconfirmed.

Why’s It So Complicated?

In the case of every service mentioned above, properly deleting your account is a multi-step process. Some sites are even more difficult. It’s not a technical issue, obviously, as programming a functionality to let users delete their own accounts is something most competent developers could do before breakfast.

So why do some sites make it so complicated? The answer is user retention. They don’t want you to delete your account. The hope is that if you have the account, you’ll use it at least occasionally, if for no other reason than curiosity about things you might have missed when you weren’t logged in. As soon as you delete that account, though, it’s an out-of-site-out-of-mind kind of thing. You’re less likely to sign up for another account if you decided you could live without it once.

Account Deletion Remorse

This is one very valid reason to make it more complicated to delete an account: deletion remorse. It’s not uncommon for a user to have a bad day, get angry about something going on within a social network, and decide they’ve had enough and are getting rid of their account.

Of course, what often happens is that a day or two later they realize how much they loved using that social network, and they wish they could get their account back. With account deletion policies like those of Facebook (on which I’ve witnessed such account deletion remorse first-hand), users can just reactivate their account, and have all of their old friends and information right there. On sites with more immediate deletion policies, that user would likely have to start over entirely.

Should You Use Complicated Account Deletion Processes?

Considering how many major sites out there have complex methods for deleting accounts, should this be industry standard? Should all sites employ these methods to help retain users who can’t be bothered to follow a multi-step process? Probably not.

There are a few things to consider when deciding whether you want to make it complicated for a user to delete their account. First of all, if your deletion process is going to be handled by customer service representatives, do you have the manpower to do so? If you suddenly have a thousand members who want to delete their accounts, do you have the resources to handle that?

Do you expect users to regularly delete their accounts just to sign up for a new one a week later? If it’s complicated to delete their account, they may never sign up for another one, not wanting to go through the process again.

Inactive accounts can also eat up your system resources. Server space can become an issue, especially on very popular sites (or sites with very low budgets). Plus, it makes maintenance and backups more intensive, since there’s more data to deal with. Making it easier for people to delete their accounts if they’re not using your service can help relieve that load.

The level of complexity for the account deletion process is something that needs to be considered on a site-by-site basis. In general, the easier the process is, the better; however, it is important to make sure that users may be having a bad day and make a mistake by closing an account and so they will be happy about getting the account back a couple of days after it was closed.

Making the process way too difficult and time-consuming will turn annoyed customers in angry ones, the ones who will be very likely to spread negative word out there, while annoyed users would probably just close the account and move on, and even maybe come back to the service later. In either case, one way to minimize your worries about it, though, is to keep your users happy and conduct your site’s business in a transparent and open way.

(vf)

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://facebook.com
  2. 2 http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account
  3. 3 http://www.facebook.com/help/?search=i%20want%20to%20permanently%20delete%20my%20account
  4. 4 http://twitter.com
  5. 5 http://help.twitter.com/entries/15358-how-to-deactivate-your-account
  6. 6 http://myspace.com
  7. 7 http://faq.myspace.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/285
  8. 8 http://linkedin.com
  9. 9 http://linkedin.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/linkedin.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=63&p_created=1204036317&p_sid=4rY5j**j&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD04NDksODQ5JnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ!!&p_li=&p_topview=1
  10. 10 http://google.com
  11. 11 http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32046
  12. 12 http://ebay.com
  13. 13 http://ebay.com
  14. 14 http://pages.ebay.com/help/account/closing-account.html
  15. 15 http://en.wikipedia.org
  16. 16 http://en.wikipedia.org
  17. 17 http://flickr.com
  18. 18 http://flickr.com
  19. 19 http://yahoo.com
  20. 20 https://edit.yahoo.com/config/delete_user
  21. 21 http://account.live.com
  22. 22 http://account.live.com
  23. 23 https://account.live.com/
  24. 24 http://www.stumbleupon.com/
  25. 25 http://wordpress.com
  26. 26 http://en.support.wordpress.com/deleting-accounts/
  27. 27 http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/delete-blog/
  28. 28 http://amazon.com
  29. 29 http://amazon.com
  30. 30 http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=565164
  31. 31 http://youtube.com
  32. 32 http://youtube.com
  33. 33 http://paypal.com
  34. 34 http://paypal.com

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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

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  1. 1

    Good grief, this article is retarded.
    What next… “How to switch on your computer”?

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      Darren Williams

      June 17, 2010 12:29 pm

      I totally agree. Pathetic.

      Its a shame, I love this site but you’re giving me more and more reasons to look elsewhere!

      -3
  2. 103

    Windows Live…difficulty: impossible!

    No matter what, when you close your accounts down they are ‘held’ for 270 days after closure in case you ‘change your mind’. 270 days?! How stupid is that!

    So you can be phished again in this time and once logged back in, your account gets reactivated!

    I have been trying to close mine down for months after being phished (I have changed my password numerous times) yet all my contacts are STILL receiving loads of spam emails due to the above happening.

    Their support team are useless as well. Very annoying. I simply CANNOT close my account.

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  3. 154

    Great to know that. Thanks

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  4. 205

    Nice post, the Facebook deletion is tough.. i tried a few times until i finally did it.

    I haven’t tried with the rest though, i thought that facebook must be the most difficult, they just keep opening up your account if you try to log back in to test it has been deleted.

    Here is a walk through with screen shots to help http://www.psychomedia.co.uk/18-how-to-delet-your-facebook-account.html

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  5. 256

    Digg account deletion – email the support team requesting that they delete your account. They then reply asking you to explain and justify why you want this. You give them a reason. They delete it.

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  6. 307

    Digrii.com account deletion is very simple. I think… 1 (or 0,5) :D

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  7. 358

    I would like to know how to delete an Skype account. I´ve tried a MILLION ways and nothing works. Thanks.

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  8. 409

    You article on deleting accounts was very interesting, some time ago I had deleted two accounts
    1- Plaxo
    2- Classmates
    I am still getting updates from both of these sites. How can I stop the updates and emails?
    Thank you
    Bob Rodman

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    • 460

      I deleted my Classmates account last week, haven’t heard from them since. Are you sure your account is actually gone?

      I don’t know about Plaxo. I’ve never felt comfortable handing over my address book to anyone other than my ISP/email provider.

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  9. 511

    Just put things on your profiles to get banned. Even get someone to report a post or picture. Then let the hosts know your profiles been hacked. Request them to delete it.

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  10. 613

    Typepad is another such nightmare – you can’t have your account deleted, but only switched to “inactive”.
    It’s a shame how some web services think they own their users’ data.

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  11. 664

    if you want to delete any of your accounts, all you gotta do is just post some porn or something up. THEY will delete it for you. I remember a while back i posted a post on myspace about how myspace sucks, and 2 days later my acct was deleted lol.

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  12. 715

    Great stuff this is a page I will be bookmarking for future use.

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  13. 766

    Really nice and useful topic !

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  14. 817

    thx for this great article!

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  15. 868

    wow….thanks so much for the info…

    really liked it very much

    regards

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  16. 919

    Thanks for the tips. You actually have encouraged me to close my “personal” YouTube account that my I used to share my own videos with relatives and friends, but could not make a good impression to current and future employers.
    I chose to unlink the YouTube account from my Google one, just in case, deleted some videos and chose to close the account… that took a few clicks thanks to your guide.

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    • 970

      Just to add that all my videos have been deleted despite the warning message that you mention in the post.

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  17. 1021

    You forgot to mention Tecnorati.. been ticketing them for over 8 months and still nothing.. and I’m not alone :P

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  18. 1072

    There is a more fun, almost instantaneous way to be deleted from FBook. I found a more fun way is to break some of the terms. For example, “Be offensive” on some active group walls. I made this suggestion to a friend after suicide machine site was down, after 10 mins, a handful of inappropriate posts to various groups… and presto, he was gone with out a trace.

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  19. 1123

    Very useful. Thanks.

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  20. 1174

    Myspace = impossible. I had to send numerous tickets to get my account deleted with not very bright tech support staff.

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  21. 1225

    THIS DOES NOT WORK ALL MY ACCOUNTS ARE STILL RUNNING UGH NEVER USING THIS AGAIN!!!

    -3
  22. 1276

    Nice One! Any update related to deleting a orkut A/C?
    Thanks.

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    heightsmanheight

    June 15, 2010 9:52 am

    Great advice. Keep up the good work.

    -1
  24. 1378

    Deleting a Paypal account is a pain in the ass.

    I tried to close mine, but there were errors. I emailed support, and actually got responses, but it seems that whoever had responded had a poor attention span, and they couldn’t actually read an entire email. The responses were barely relevant. Eventually I just gave up. I have since deleted the email address that it was associated with, for unrelated reasons, so that was nice.

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  25. 1429

    Their’s so-many Different way’s these “Scammer’s” get in to you Account’s Via this Internet.
    They Know what their Doing th common Person get’s “Dumb-Founded” when on this Internet They do what ever they Tell them to Do then thier Really F*cked Over

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  26. 1480

    Schahryar Fekri

    June 16, 2010 6:55 pm

    Thanks :)
    Would be kool if you could mention about Blogger as well.

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  27. 1531

    I don’t know how I did it, because according to this article it should pretty hard, but I deleted my MySpace account about 6 months ago. Then, I stumbled this, got paranoid, tried to log in to my old deleted MySpace account, and it’s still gone. So, I must have done something right.

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    Darren Williams

    June 17, 2010 12:27 pm

    Zzzz…. another ridiculously pointless smashing article – you need to review your author acceptance procedure.

    “How to remove yourself” articles should be confined to the trash, they undermine your readers and make a mockery of the good, well written, articles on this site.

    My personal favourite “How to permanently delete you wikipedia account” the answer “you can’t – its impossible”

    Thinking of submitting an article “how to type using the power of your mind” (you can see where this is going) “you can’t”.

    Tosh. Rubbish. Terrible

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  29. 1684

    @Smashingmag: Facebook actually publicly tells you that and when your account will be deleted and that the grace period is 14 days.

    Whenever you log in again after having requested deletion, you have the possibility to stop the process (“Cancel request”) or to stay in the process of deletion and get logged out immediately.

    Logging in on the website or from third party tools won’t in any way stop that process in any way.

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  30. 1735

    thanks for the article, it’s really very useful.

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  31. 1786

    Other problem with deleting account permamently (from database) that someone can take account name after that, and there may be links on other web-sites that referencing to it.

    That’s why many sites do not allow to delete or change account name (some allow to get another accout associated with first, but it’s usually paid service).

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  32. 1837

    Had myself a Facebook page for about 15 minutes before I decided I should probably read through their policies [you know, the ones I’d just casually agreed to by the dozens w/o reading a word?] at which point I realized it was not for me – ever.

    Fortunately I’d already falsified many important details on my page – because deleting the account didn’t appear to be an option at all. Oh, sure – you could go through the motions and even get a confirmation from FB stating that it was gone, but it wasn’t.

    A couple quick searches for myself (using Pipl, etc) turned up the “deleted” Facebook account again and again – and this is weeks, even months after removing the account.

    Finally, I was able to restore the account with some help from FB – then I changed everything; name, sex, loc, age…everything.
    Once I was sure it was all gibberish I deleted it again.

    I too recommend people change their info before deleting these accounts.

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  33. 1888

    I deleted my facebook account, only after I stumbled upon the link to do it. It said it would take 14 days, apparently to think about what I’ve done.

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    • 1939

      I deleted my facebook account back on the 13th of June using the steps I found here. Logged back in today, they asked me for confirmation of deletion once again and said it would be scheduled for deletetion EXACTLY two weeks from now….. wtf. Is it illegal for facebook to hold your info hostage? I mean how long does it take to delete?

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      • 1990

        Facebook does not “permanently delete” your account even though you have requested to do so.

        I had a 2nd account for gaming only and one day I decided to “permanently delete” the thing since I no longer used it over 6 months ago.

        Last week I started playing Mafia Wars again on my regular account and needed an item. Without even thinking about it, I logged into my “deleted account”, clicked on Mafia Wars, found the needed item and sent it to my regular account…

        Then it hit me, I “permanently deleted” the account that I was using at that moment over 6 months ago!!

        All my friends were in tact, all the games were at the same levels, it was just like I logged out 6 hours ago instead of 6 months.

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  34. 2041

    The YouTube/Google senario is somewhat inaccurate. The two accounts are still separate entities and if you delete your google account, your youtube account remains under the username you signed up with. You have to delete your youtube account manually.

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  35. 2092

    To quickly permanently delete facebook just post porn on your account and have people report it.

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  36. 2143

    Gravatar (gravatar.com) is missing from the list. They don’t allow you to delete your account (although you can delete you avatar), meaning they’ll store your email forever….!

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  37. 2194

    Great instructions! If you don’t want to deal with all that, though, there are other options. For example, you can pay a few bucks to have a company like us (getabine.com/deleteme) handle everything for you.

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  38. 2245

    No Caller ID lol

    July 2, 2010 5:42 pm

    Alternatively, to permanently delete your youtube account within minutes, just upload a small section of porn, and flag it. Your account will be permanently deleted.

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  39. 2296

    hey
    thanks for all this
    but i think for facebook it’s so easy to delete your account

    just be “spammer” or do something against their stupid rules and they will delete your account definitely

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    There is a faster way to delete your account from any website and get banned permanently.

    Just become a freaking spammer!!!

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  41. 2398

    “Out of site, out of mind”

    Either a rookie typo, or a kinda clever pun. :)

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  42. 2449

    Wow this is a really detailed list of how to manage/delete online accounts! Have you ever thought about how to delete the accounts of a deceased family member or friend?

    I currently am an Intern at Entrustet.com, It is a free online service company that provides people with an easy way to pass on their digital assets (facebook, ebay, photosharing, etc accounts) to their heirs when they pass away. We have been compiling a list of how to deal with accounts of those who have passed.

    Let me know what you think? http://blog.entrustet.com/digital-executor-toolbox/

    DT

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  43. 2500

    this article was really helpful! thankyou! but there is one problem which i can’t find the resolution to. about a year ago, i made a youtube account with a email which i then deleted. then i forgot the password, and i couldnt do ‘forgot password’, as i couldnt open the email account. luckily, the youtube account was saved at logged in on my old laptop, so i was really pleased. immediately, i deleted the youtube account, so that i could reopen it with a good password and current email. however, whenever i try to create an account with the same username, it says that the username is not available. i know for certain that i deleted the account, because when i paste i the url of the channel, it says that ‘this account has been deleted by the user’. is there a time gap before the username becomes available again?

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  44. 2551

    Nice work, Cameron. Is there a way to delete oneself from My Life, both as a subscriber and someone they list? Thanks.

    Tom

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  45. 2602

    Or you could post something against the Terms of Service and be banned! That’s the universal way to have your account removed from any and all of these services ;-)

    EAT AT JOE’S!! lol (against the TOS)

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  46. 2653

    The problems with Ebay start when you try to switch your account from a business type to a personal account. That proved to be impossible for me so far!

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  47. 2704

    Thanks for the heads up and information about this, that is the encourage that I need, am so happy to have found this ,Thanks for the article. I liked reading it

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  48. 2755

    I deleted an account of some poor bebo-esque social networking site about five years ago called hi5, to my dismay i managed to find my account was still on the website two days ago even though it said it had been deleted. I have filed a complaint, and it shows that when you say delete, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gone.

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  49. 2806

    how do I delete my account in classmates.com?

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  50. 2857

    I could not find a way to do this anywhere on Wikipedia. After hunting around, I discovered one cannot ‘vanish’ or ‘commit wikipediacide’. I understand why they would want to track the usage of the site to prevent fraud or other criminal conduct, but I don’t understand why they cannot vanish a user from public view. Had I realised this at the start of registration, I would *never* have agreed to an irrevocable lifelong commitment to Wikipedia. I respect the site, and use it often, but I don’t wish to have an account any more, at least not one that anyone can see, nor that I can log into. By all means keep archival records, but please leave me right out of it.

    While it is a respected information source, Wikipedia is not the government, so I question its right to hold information about me against my will. No doubt its policy is all laid out somewhere nice and clear, but I did not see it until just now when I attempted Wikipediacide. I’ve yet to meet a single person who ever read all the conditions before entering a parking building, or buying a CD online. Yes it’s our responsibility, but contracts are verbose, lengthy and oftentimes gobbledegook to a busy person, so one tends to assume organisations of such size are acting in good faith.

    Thank you for running this site. Very useful.

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    • 2908

      Except the license you give your work to wikipedia under explicitly requires attribution, it makes sense you cant delete it.

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