According to Facebook: How Do I Delete My Permanently Facebook Account?
If you don’t think you’ll use Facebook again, you can request to have your account permanently deleted. Please keep in mind that you won’t be able to reactivate your account or retrieve anything you’ve added. Before you do this, you may want to download a copy of your info from Facebook. Then, if you’d like your account permanently deleted with no option for recovery, log into your account and let us know.
Why would you delete your account:
- Facebook is not about staying in contact with friends.
- Facebook sells all my information to vendors and other websites that want to advertise to me.
- Facebook does not care about your privacy.
- I don’t see anything I like on Facebook anymore.
- I spend too much time on Facebook.
- Zuck and Co. have made enough money on my social activity.
- I’m substituting connections on Facebook for connections in the real world.
- I used to like Facebook, but now I just see ads and promos.
Why would you keep your Facebook account:
- FOMO – fear of missing out (what if something cool happens and I don’t hear about it.)
- Memes – I keep on top of the latest funny internet stuff on Facebook.
- News – I don’t read the news, but my friends on Facebook tell me what’s important.
- I like the Events section. It’s how I plan my weekend.
- I like Facebook Groups.
- I love seeing what 2% of my friends are doing.
- I like pictures of laser cats and other people’s kids.
- Back-to-school family photos are my jam.
- I have work to do on Facebook.
And yet we stay. We think we’re staying connected to friends by wishing them “happy birthday” once a year.
Are you using Facebook in any unique ways? Have you found a way to use the “platform” of Facebook to grow your business? Do you use Facebook in your job?
I’m interested in compiling some primary research about the way people use Facebook and some of the pros and cons as reported by my audience. Please use the comments here, on Facebook, or email me your Facebook thoughts at [email protected].
Do I stay or do I go now?
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- Social Networks and Their Importance in eCommerce Gateways (Infographic)
- Connections: We Are Not Omni-Channel In Private
- Passing it Forward In Our Critically-Troubled Time
- NEWS THREAD: #DeleteFacebook: Privacy Issues May Harm Facebook
Here are some tools you can use to limit your exposure with and within Facebook’s walled garden.
Google Chrome Extensions
- AdNaseum – ad tracking and blocking extension
- AdBlockPlus – the old badass of adblocking
- Data Selfie – see into the data Facebook and others know about your behavior online
- Privacy Badger – Electronic Freedom Foundations cookie tracker and limiter
- Ghostery – privacy tracking and ad blocking
Reset your Default Search Engine to: Duck Duck Go – does not track users data or create a profile about you