It's nearly impossible to find the "delete account" page …as a matter of fact, I didn't know about it until I read a story with the link in it. I thought you could simply deactivate it and they kept all your information for whatever purposes.
I don't know if anything gets fully deleted when you delete your account or not …I'm not holding my breath. I just know they aren't getting any more money from peddling my information to whoever wants to write an app.
The day I learned that they were sending MY info to developers whenever one of my friends took a quiz …it was over. Just took me a little while to finally pull the plug.
Loc: Teetering between IL and AZ
YES! I got this email.
Your account was mistakenly suspended due to an error by Facebook's site security system. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We have reactivated your account and you will now be able to log in. If you successfully access your account and the matter is resolved, no further action is needed. Please reply to this email only if you continue to experience an issue.
Thanks for your understanding,
The Facebook Team
Mistake in the security system!? Well, at least I'm back.
"I'm a little bit more unusual so I've always considered myself the black sheep." - Ann Wilson
Thanks! Love the ominous disclaimer (italics mine):
If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of this for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account deleted, then click "Submit".
Yeah, kinda sounds like you are just handing over the reigns to whatever content you uploaded. Although, the fact that they track every button click you make most likely means they also keep every version of your information as well. Going in and deleting it from your profile page probably wouldn't help.
I figured as long as this thread had gotten that it had morphed into a "to FB or not to FB" discussion. I am sure my info, what little of it there is, is being abused by FB. I do try to close any loopholes to protect myself somewhat. However, since signing up for FB in 2006 or so, I have reconnected with so many people and managed to keep a line of communication open with people from back home in the States who I would never have any communication with beyond the occasional or even rare email. This really means something to me, and I couldn't give it up easily. If a better way that people flocked to came along, I'd do it. Though anything like that would soon become as abusive as FB I expect.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
I have no information to speak of on my FB page. I use it only to communicate with students who use FB in the way that I used to use a coffee house table. I have no information about myself on the site. Period.
_________________________ MACTECHubi dolor ibi digitus
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Apparently the popularity of the search query 'How Do I Delete My Facebook Account' has made it as a Google Suggest suggestion, and a "growing number of industry watchers are talking about people deleting their Facebook accounts".
I've deleted my information and decided to keep my account active, as I now have this perverse interest in the Facebook saga, another 'too big to fail' , etc, etc.
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Another trend I've witnessed in FB recently is how (finally) many [Finnish] entrepreneurs and small-business owners are finding FB in droves. Well, one ex-teacher of mine nowadays basically earns a living mostly by instructing businesses on their social media practices.
Now, this step of smallbusiness now flocking to FB may exactly be what stabs the beast the hardest, actually. I mean when you have million Joe the Plumbers and Jack the Hammers setting up FB pages advertising their services it becomes a chaos like local cable tv anywhere. You get all those crappy web pages with dozen blinking objects etc. from the desolate wastelands of the interwebs now migrating zombie-like into FB eventually turning it into a haunted burial ground...*SNAP* sorry 'bout that, I was dreaming.
Joined a group or two of those meant for local and small business entrepreneurs, and the first thing I noticed, was how, even those groups degenerate into basically the same "Add me. ADD ME" -whinefest as the FB games pages/groups are.
Sure, you have to promote your business, but annoying the sh#t out of people isn't the way. Besides, all those groups claim to be founded to be gathering points to exchange ideas and discuss. I wonder if the agora and forum in the ancient times were similar whinefests...discussion my @ss.
FB may be too big to fail, but I think their current desire to branch out everywhere providing everything possibly imaginable is already reaching and stretching too far. If their code is already as buggy as it is, how are they going to handle it after a while, especially with no roadmap? They're not Google who can still contain itself. So my question is: implosion or explosion for Facebook eventually?
Well, I guess all this was just inevitable when the slow learners, late adopters, retarded masses of the gen.pop. find their way into something already semi-passé, but still cool to them...
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