Did You Delete Your Facebook Account?

I’ve been receiving many inquiries from friends, colleagues, and even family about Facebook’s third privacy debacle over it’s Terms of Service. The first two were turning on the news page and showing people network activity, and the second was the Beacon advertisement issue. Now, this third one has caused a revolt among users who did not want their information used ‘forever’ by Facebook and many started an internal Groundswell (this Facebook group has 121,000 members in protest), and some deleted their accounts.

Facebook responded, both with this message from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and even their ‘delete account’ page (careful. don’t delete your account by accident) has some new “don’t leave me please” aimed at stopping those from puling the trigger.

I want to hear from you, did you delete your Facebook account (or think about it?) leave a comment below, and tell your story. I’m not using this for any reports or anything, I just have a genuine curiosity to know why someone deleted their account, and the impacts it has on them. If you’re curious like I am, see all these in Twitter who are discussing deleting, or have halted using their Facebook accounts.

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  • Harold has had enough, and Deactivates his Facebook account. I just imagine the scene in 2001 where HAL is singing to Dave.
  • 127 Replies to “Did You Delete Your Facebook Account?”

    1. Did not even consider it. Social media is evolving and the mis-steps and mistakes we make as it evolves should not precipitate a knee jerk reaction.

      Facebooks’ responses were both timely and appropriate as we all discover the boundaries of what and how this technology can be used and best serve the community at large.

    2. I *thought* about pulling the plug, but didn’t.

      If they continue to make boo boos which annoy the web community (Facebook redesign etc) which result in revolts, then I will leave.

      Interestingly enough the actual delete page you’ve referenced above hit the delicious home page mid week. (63 bookmarks at time of writing).

      I think they need to learn their lesson, and start communicating with the community (the community being as much of Facebook as Zuckerberg is) before making radical decisions such as this.

      Paul.

    3. I decided to delete my account and was glad, that FB turned the deletion into a real deletion, not only some kind of discontinuation.
      Actually this decision was overdue and triggered by the TOS-Thing. When it came up I recognised that I didn’t do much with Facebook, it appeared some kind of boring compared to other social media stuff, so the decision to delete my account was not a big thing to do.

    4. I also never considered it. I feel the collaborative efforts of those who joined the group to protest really caught the attention of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and I think that with the younger generation of social media-based sites (and the people who are in charge of them), they seem to be more in-tune and also involved with the community that supports them and the same community who will let them know when they disagree with a certain action. Facebook’s response was definitely timely and appropriate.

    5. The only content that concerned me was my photos as I am not a die hard FB user. The photos I loaded were from my portfolio and could be valuable. I was horrified by their change to TOS and removed all of my photos. I WILL NOT be replacing them anytime soon.

    6. I did delete/deactivate my account, but mostly because I never really used it anyway. What surprised me however is that I’m not convinced anything was actually deleted, as I was presented with information that stated (for the most part) “if you want to come back, just log-in”.

      So was my account deactivated/deleted as I was led to believe, or merely logged out of?

      The blurred line there disturbs me a bit.

    7. Not yet or it didn’t come to my ears. But with most of my contacts on FB I’m also in contact via other channels, so it’s no big thing missing.
      I guess this is due to my “Friends adding policy”: I only add peopla I met in RL or know well enough through various networks.
      When I recognised FB as boring I also realised that I didn’t make any connections through FB, it was only about collecting those I knew from somewhere else.
      What I liked all the time was 1) to share photos I could mark friends on and 2) generating my friendwheel to see how my network is connected with each other.
      The latter showed that I was a kind of gatekeeper for some others who were not that much connected. But since there was no interaction on FB I think they’re not missing much. Also because I like it to introduce my network to one another personally when I recognise that people should know each other. This is worth much more than any applications recommendation and renders real value to my network 🙂

    8. Mark, I’m curious, ask some of your previous Facebook friends to search for you and see what they find. Please report back to us.

      I wonder if there’s an ‘artifact’ if your account still there.

    9. As I understood, the Account is discontinued for 14 days and after that deleted if there’s no further login. BTW I deleted all my stuff before deleting the account.
      Also curious on Marks experiences …

    10. I am thinking of deleting my facebook account. Not so much because of the ruckus of the changed TOS, but it seems to have outlived its usefulness. True: a number of my friends are still on it – but it seemed to have plateaud. Whilst there was a time when Facebook was the de-facto way to send out messages and sorta “mass update” everyone, it seemed to have waned: the novelty, it seems, has worn off amongst my friends – who are the main reason why I am in it anyway. I also experimented with “selling” inside facebook – unused books, old CDs – thinking that perhaps, it would be easier to sell to friends or at least, in a channel that required “real names”; it was not entirely successful.

      The thing about the changed TOS? It didn’t really matter that much to me – or perhaps, I didn’t understand its ramifications fully.

      Will I delete it? Probably not. I’ll just probably be a ‘ghost’ on facebook – a once-a-month or once-in-two-weeks user.

      What would happen without facebook? Nothing much. There’s still email – and the phone.

    11. I seriously considered deleting my account. What I *did* do was delete all photos I cared about, and write a lengthy email to Facebook’s Copyright department instructing them that I had deleted my photos in order to protect my copyrights, and therefore they retained NO rights to my photographs, and should they try to use them, I would vigorously defend my copyrights.

      Facebook’s retreat from their ill-conceived TOS won’t convince me to repost (or ever post again) photos to Facebook. I’ll stick with SmugMug and Flickr where I can retain all rights to my work and use Facebook only for pointless inane drivel — about all it seems suited for at this point.

      My *main* use for Facebook is to keep family and friends updated during family ‘situations’ where it’s just too hard to send email that includes everyone. I can post an ‘update’ or note and leave it at that. Other than that, Facebook is so over. 🙂

    12. I’ll see what happens after a period of 14 days, but I honestly don’t recall the information on the deactivation screen indicating such. It was just something along the lines of “…to reactivate your account, login using your old username and password…”

      That’s a logout, not a deactivation.

    13. I have never been a big fan of facebook. It’s clunky and has the same retarded interface it had when it was just for school kids.
      I do have an account there, I never use it though, cept when I get a notice that someone wants to add me. then I sign in add them and leave. There is no ability to explore there. and that of all things makes it suck..
      I have always called it the “anti-social network”.

    14. I did delete my Facebook account http://agingreluctantly.com/2009/02/16/deactivating-my-facebook-account/. I really did not use it that much, except to keep in contact with a couple of old friends and some family members. I haven’t really noticed a drop in my online presence ability to contact others. I like and use Twitter a great deal, LinkedIn is more along my style and I like to read a variety of blogs more than being on Facebook anyway.

      I have to believe that there was an actual thought process behind the TOS change and what it was, I wasn’t sure (but it didn’t seem to be along the lines of “do no evil”) and that they made it arbitrarily…just didn’t give me good vibes…I guess that is what bothered me. What will be the next change that they impose on their patrons.

      I don’t mind a TOS that is weighted in favor of the provider, that is expected especially when the service is free, but when it takes away all my rights, that goes a bit too far.

      So in my eyes 3 strikes and I am done. Haven’t missed Facebook at all since I deleted my account.

      It would take an awful lot to get me to create another Facebook account…not saying I will never do it, just that it is very unlikely.

      Harold

    15. I did not delete it, but did basically remove all the apps, including the integration with Twitter for status updates. It basically becomes an event management system now, that’s all.

    16. Me and Bill Gates quit in the same week, about a year ago. I’d joined for social networking but how can you turn down a business contact? So my FB profile became more and more bland – LinkedIn is better. Also there’s no vampires vs werewolves (yet) on LinkedIn.

    17. Well, I am leaving…it’s not because of the TOS, but I think it’s not that useful. I also think their first big privacy blunder (Beacon) isn’t likely to be their last, so…there’s no value for me.

      I sent out an email to close friends & business contacts that I’m deleting my account at the end of the month, so they know other ways to find me.I got back responses about how it’s funny that this site that lets us all “stay in touch” is actually just providing a semblance of contact & communication, and is pretty empty, compared to RL.

      I couldn’t agree more.

    18. I deleted my account because of privacy concerns. I’m not a legal expert, but given that FB has had multiple issues like this, it made me unwilling to trust the company any further. I spent about an hour deleting my account, first removing all friends and then deleting all my photos, etc. Only then did I go through the steps of canceling my account because I had read FB puts your account in an inactive state (instead of purging all content) when you ask to cancel because FB wants to make it easy for you to return. I think people are just beginning to grow aware of the information that online companies are collecting about them. In a few years there will likely be standards and regulation, but until then I would rather play it safe than sorry.

    19. I’m surprized at how few people actually left, compared the the scare-mongering traditional media felt the need to pull. Most of those who did appear to have done it by lack of any things to do.

    20. I’m still mulling it over. I’ve already tried to do it this last spring just because there was no value from the service. Now there is still hardly any value but I don’t have any other service that lets me connect with the same people.

      I’ve put a definitive date on which I will decide if I leave permanently from the service of the 28. I have a week to mull it over but they still haven’t been able to add value. I honestly would rather have my info on a secure, fiscally, service that one they may only last a few more years.

      Right now I’m most likely leaving the service.

    21. I removed most of my photos from FaceBook some time ago as I wasn’t happy with the T’a&C’s; I now post links to my Flickr account instead. The only other content I use is status updates, and I’m comfortable with the T’a&C’s there.I find FaceBook perfectly useful for staying in touch with friends and family this way, so have kept my account open. For anything more valuable / sensitive than that, I’d use a different tool anyway.

    22. Jeremiah,

      I did not delete my account because I knew the outcry would have them reverse their policy and I did not want to lose some of some personal connections I have there. Of course, I also knew that the lack of an opt-in for policy changes would likely nullify the TOS policies in a real pinch.

      I did, however. think about what to remove, and took down my blog widget from the space. Other than conversation, I don’t really use the service for some of the reasons you pointed out.

      Best,
      Rich

    23. Jeremiah

      I deleted my account after the Beacon debacle. This is what I received from Facebook customer services:

      “We no longer have any record of an account at this address. It has been erased from our servers and you will no longer be able to access it.”

    24. I have stripped my Facebook account to the bare walls.

      It is now a placeholder to forward people to my personal blog.

      Photos and video and content will remain there.

      I realize Facebook plays an “important” role to those who don’t understand how to use the web properly and, in many cases, has grown to equal the internet for many people. So I won’t totally leave, but I sure as hell won’t place my content there.

    25. I’m with Steven, commenter #1.

      There’s no way I’d ever delete my Facebook account. I was cool with their TOS when I started mid 2007 and am more than happy for my content to be propagated all over the Facebook planet and beyond. 😉

      My philosophy is I never, ever share anything online anywhere that I wouldn’t want on the front page of the NYT, found in a Google search, or proud of my kids/grandkids to see in the years to come.

      Facebook are not going anywhere. They are one of the giants of the future. And though Mark Zuckerberg tends to take risks, he’s quick to listen and improve.

      I certainly observed the strong mass reaction with the recent *slight* modification to the TOS. I think mostly folks misunderstood the implications. I blogged my thoughts here: http://whyfacebook.com/2009/02/17/do-facebook-really-own-your-data-no-its-about-openness/

      Cheers,
      @marismith

    26. I have not deleted my Facebook account yet. I’ve got my profile pretty slim as far as critical information. Only an email. No phone number, screenname or anything. And I took off all of my questionable pictures and quotes a long time ago. I

      So if they were to ever own my content, I’d be a pretty boring person.

    27. I deleted my account,despite it being a great vehicle for natter & chat and picture sharing. I had joined way back when it was spare and nice and not filled with fairy garden type tripe.

      Upon starting the delete process, I ran into another reason why I had been increasingly irritated by facebook; I was forced to tell them why I was leaving in order to leave!

      Other networks suit my purposes better

      ~heatherlynn

    28. No. Why would I? In my opinion taking actions in such a rush is really not a solution. While joining the Facebook everyone has to keep in mind the possibility of their personal data being used by some 3rd party. I guess that, for security reasons, it’s more important to select WHAT information you share with others, not only if you share them.

    29. I hate to admit it, but I love FB. It helps me stay in touch with people I really care about, but am not able/willing to spend the time to talk with them each week. It’s great knowing who is doing what, and I just like that kind of thing. It’s a personal life, not a professional life thing.

      I’m with Mari Smith on the whole “oh my delete my account FB is awful” thing. From what I can tell the people complaining are delusional if they think that stuff they post to the internet remains their property and disappears when they delete it. Hasn’t anyone heard of archive.org?

      Besides, if you read some other companies TOS you would be appalled. One major, worldwide site has something along the lines of “We reserve the right to distribute and sell your contact information to anyone we want to”. Yes, it’s true. And when I asked the founders of the site about it they said “Oh, we’d never actually do that”. Yeah, right.

    30. I never considered deleting my account, but did give a lot of thought to what I’ll post on my Facebook page moving forward. I also spent a great deal of time reconfiguring my privacy settings after reading this article from AllFacebook.com: http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/02/facebook-privacy/. Some great tips on there.

      Social media and networking is still so new, so we’re all bound to hit a few bumps in the road and learn from mistakes. I’m hoping that Facebook is extremely careful in considering the changes they make to their TOS or they do risk losing many participants. I have friends/family who did cancel or are strongly considering it after the last two weeks.

    31. Hi!
      Personally, I support Facebook position regarding this subject. I don’t see any problem with that little change that was only a text evidence of what was being made in Facebook.
      In my opinion, this has not been a legal or a privacy problem, but a public relations problem. Facebook has not been able to communicate the change and make it acceptable for the community. They should have created a communication plan to make sure this change was not going to be seen as it’s been seen, actually.

    32. I joined FB because I was curious to see what it is about, just as I did Twitter. Within a month, I started a group to volunteers to spearhead some welfare programs within my local community. That was 20 months ago and the group has grown to have activities in a few different cities. It was a very effective tool to hold discussions and make committee level decisions without having to meet physically until the actual event. Further, it was a powerful evangelizer and the network grew quickly while the events multiplied – it was also very easy for me to convince people to join FB to be in the loop of our group activity.

      When we exceeded 1000 members however, the event tool disallowed us to send invitations to the entire group list and our growth suffered a period of stalemate. At that point a team of us (disheartened) built an independent website outside of FB to cater to the press and non-FB users, and also to commemorate our 1st anniversary by backing up our FB presence officially. As it was impossible to duplicate the function and effectiveness of the FB world, we continued using FB to manage event activities and kept our official site as an archive/corporate site.

      I will not find a need to delete my account. This is a whole new era of communication and we are travelling further, time is more scarce, we have more friends too. For someone who is extremely busy, FB is actually very good for mindless catch ups. Who says meeting face to face can be more meaningful anyway? Sometimes a simple exchange on FB would suffice and probably the most we can afford.

      As we continue to keep a friendly basis with our different tiers of friends on the web, we commit our real time towards priorities and the handful of important people in our lives. We get informed about parties and reunions, and the option is open whether we want to be invited or not. If we do, we respond, if not, just lay dormant.

      We should not need to post up anything we do not want to share or am not proud of, at the end of the day the privacy issue is within our control. In a way, it is true that FB is a brand management tool of our personal life. It works very well for people who are in the limelight/celeb status and have no qualms about exhibiting part of their life for all to share – whether it is genuine or not. It becomes a management tool. For those who are extreme introverts, FB could be a gaming platform or one we use to keep involved in the life of those we want to be in, while we remain without contributing anything about our daily life.
      Many grandparents and parents find FB useful to stay in touch with their children/grandchildren who lives far away or are studying abroad.

      I use FB to broadcast email bulletins to the group members every fortnight or so and still manage to spearhead and lead program events from afar. How apt can it get for someone who is too lazy to meet people unless it is absolutely compulsory?

      To answer some of your other questions, I had a friend who tested the system and got kicked off FB when he reached 5000 friends. He came back later with 200 real friends. I have not been updated of the details there so cannot offer you more information. While another celebrity friend deleted himself because he was bored, but came right back a few months later and started posting up videos of his tv programs (guess he found a better reason to continue). His account was immediately revived and I did not need to add him again. Do you have any insights to share about that?

      Now there are also more privacy tools to use where we could categorize friends in as many groups as we like. Albums can be kept private and sharing is less dicey. My only question is, can family members or government authorities be allowed to access a deceased member’s FB account with a court order? What happens to that content? Will the last status update be forever left that way? What are the possible scenarios there?

      Thanks!

    33. There has been alot of mentions of using Facebook to keep in touch with family and frinds. I am on Facebook, however for connecting the family I have set up a Ning social network which is centred around the whole family as opposed to the ego centric vastness that is Facebook.

      This topic further explored here: http://virtualt.wikispaces.com/Transient+network

      I 100% agree with the above comment – that we should not post anything in the public domain which we wish to keep private. As for storage – the search databases will have already archived multiple copies of everything ever posted.

      Callie

    34. I didn’t even think of deleting my account. If they are keeping my information forever, deleting my account wouldn’t prevent them from keeping it… it would only prevent me from accessing it. By keeping the account, i can be more proactive about monitoring what is out on the internet about me.

    35. Why remove our facebook account ?

      As they say, once you have uploaded files on facebook, they belong to them. So, actually, I think you can keep your account but just don’t upload more files if you don’t want them to be used in the futur against your agreement.

    36. I’m keeping my Facebook account. I’m not going to post anything online that I don’t want to come back to haunt me anyhow so they can use whatever mundane info I’ve made available to them. I choose what they have on me.

    37. Like most of the others, I will not be deleting my Facebook account. On the contrary, I actually created a new business page for a new venture I’ll be starting next month.

      I’ve been on the Internet since 14.4k modems were the norm and 33.6k modems were smokin’ fast. I learned a LONG time ago, that if you don’t want anyone to know about it, then don’t put it out in cyberspace – anywhere – not even via e-mail to your closest friend.

    38. I took down my facebook account after joining the group against the new TOS. This is because my facebook paid ads stopped running the day after I joined the group. These were ads that have been up for 3 months with NO problems, and they cited that they were in violation of a guideline, yet it was not. So that told me to just stop with facebook until they can get it right if ever.

    39. I agree with Steven, the first commenter,

      “Social media is evolving and the mis-steps and mistakes we make as it evolves should not precipitate a knee jerk reaction.”

      This is all part of the process guys. Facebook will figure it out, and, to be honest, who better than Facebook – the guy started his business to have fun, not necessarily to make money.

      Until I see that Facebook is actively doing things that are harmful to others, I won’t pull my plug:).

    40. Thanks for this! The not-so-subtle issue is ownership. It is Facebook’s website, not yours. It is not your profile, it is Facebook’s profile about you. You only have very limited ability to contribute and only at Facebook’s pleasure. Facebook has absolute control and therefore practical ownership of everything on Facebook, including your identity, associations and relationships. It doesn’t matter what Facebook says in its TOS – they own it all anyway and can do as they please with it, period. Their only “mistake” was being too honest in their TOS, they’ve since learned to lie or keep quiet. Facebook is not your friend. As a structure for social interaction privately owned social networking is worse than medaeval. Our civil rights and liberties on Facebook and the like are zero. Shut your Facebook!

    41. I totally deleted my account. First, however, I manually deleted every photo, post, and message associated to my account. The crappy new design was one reason. But the main reason was this nagging feeling I had that at some point my data was going to be scraped. I see Facebook as a massive invasion of privacy waiting to happen.

      Nope…the problems (and potential problems) I associated with it far, far, far outweighed any possible benefits.

    42. yes i deleted mine. they made it SUPER difficult but it’s gone. (it literally takes like 2 and half weeks)

      one, it’s voluntarily giving up your personal rights and i don’t like that.

      two, the ads on the side panel would reflect what sites i had visited earlier that day (VERY creepy)

      three, it’s a big time suck

      four, i’d rather communicate with my friends the authentic way.

    43. Deleted my account a day after the new TOS agreement broke. It wasn’t about privacy, though, I just resented how it had taken over my life. Months later, I have been disturbed that I don’t miss it at all, not even a craving to return, I guess that’s a testament to how useless it is.

    44. I opened up a facebook account for my son and I used my email to confirm his facebook account. I need to get my account back with all my friends and applications on it. Is this at all possible please help me. I had farm town as an application and took me months to get to where I am on this game and it seems to be all gone please help me.
      Stephanie Kendall

    45. Ran with facebook for over a year. Kept getting friend requests from people I didn’t want to be friends with. Pushing Ignore did not help. After awhile my inbox was filled with facebook notifications
      ok, facebook was filling my inbox with requests and crap. I turned off all notifications and it didn’t stop. I deactivated my account…IT STILL DIDN’T STOP.
      I emailed facebook and was given a BS response of how to manually remove all the content in my profile.
      This didn’t help with the email notifications.
      At this point I got creative.
      First I posted F*#@ FACEBOOK on my wall.
      Then I changed my profile photo to a pornographic pic.
      THen I deactivated my account and emailed abuse@facebook.com and told them my account has been hacked and I was offended by the pictures posted.

      Within minutes my account was gone!!!!!

      Feel free to repost this to help others

    46. Whatever you think Facebook is or however much you hope it will ‘evolve’, it is NOT your website! It is not in your control and never will be, the way say, your own website IS in your control because you own it. Facebook totally owns and controls EVERYTHING at facebook.com. People! It is time to grow up and get your own domain name that you can use for your OWN website, email address(es) and mailing lists etc. Some things you have to do yourself. Voting is one, owning your own bank account is another, owning your own domain name is a third. Nobody else, certainly not Facebook, can own it for you! Never lend your identity to anyone! Inasmuch as you do, you cease to exist. If you’re not in control of your identity, then what’s the point in being you?

      For the full story, see http://www.harmsen.net/shut_your_facebook.html

    47. i am strongly considering deleting my facebook account in protest. A good friend,Jodi Rosselli Shulga,who plays the game “Mafia Wars” with me had her account disabled based on,what I consider,mistaken and false accusations. She has presented proof and this has been ignored. She is a very high level player who has put a lot of time and energy into her account.She has been told her account will be permanently disabled. I am outraged.I have been online very little in the last month as a result but also note that 4 other very good and honest players have had their accounts disabled as well. Any appeals on my part have been met with either form letters or silence.

    48. Just as an addendum to what I said,I ran across a character in the game she played called Jew exterminator about a week ago. Is this not abuse? I emailed Facebook,he is playing under the name Change Your Name now. Apparently given a second chance. Why weren't the other players?

    49. Check out http://www.harmsen.net/shut_your_facebook.html for the reason why you should shut “your” facebook acccounts. The main reason is that it belongs to Facebook, not you. When push comes to shove, they control your identity, not the other way around. The terms area always theirs and subject to change without notice. It is Facebook's website, not yours. It wants to please its advertisers and make money. To have dignity online, you must get and use your own internet domain. If you don't know what an internet domain is and why you need one in order to avoid having your identity abused, you ought to. Facebook (like all similar proprietary online shenanigans) is an absolutely free online disservice.

    50. I deleted mine over privacy issues, but tried to sign up again with a different name. Apparently you never actually delete your info. I got a message that said there was already an account associated with my email address. That was the account I thought I had deleted.

    51. One way to get their attention is to approach the companies you do business with who advertise on facebook and explain to them that you can no longer do business with them because of facebook policies. Enough people start doing this and who knows what can happen.

    52. Facebook for me is a dangerous tool for someone who is too emotional, has any issues or is generally not happy with their lives. Hence my decision to delete facebook, you can say things to people who you really care about without thought, through chat etc. Im not sure how other people perceive facebook, however for me, too much information and not enough space. I need space, i dont need to know if for example someone has a grievance and with whom and especially if that person is me, how much of a distraction is that!! I also dont want the constant flow of information about other peoples lives, especially when i have my own i want to live it. How depressing is this, finding about people who are general arses having better lives then yourself or someone you regret not asking out is in a relationship with that ****** I might sound like a complete nutcase, i wonder how many people have lost their minds because of social networking, it's far too easy to lose yourself in them. Well, for me anyway. Suppose im crazy, i didnt allow myself too lose it and deleted my account. A closure, get on with life and regain a focus. You need some strength to get rid of facebook, i reasserted mine with a Facebook free life. Women hey, can't live with them nor without.

    53. Facebook for me is a dangerous tool for someone who is too emotional, has any issues or is generally not happy with their lives. Hence my decision to delete facebook, you can say things to people who you really care about without thought, through chat etc. Im not sure how other people perceive facebook, however for me, too much information and not enough space. I need space, i dont need to know if for example someone has a grievance and with whom and especially if that person is me, how much of a distraction is that!! I also dont want the constant flow of information about other peoples lives, especially when i have my own i want to live it. How depressing is this, finding about people who are general arses having better lives then yourself or someone you regret not asking out is in a relationship with that ****** I might sound like a complete nutcase, i wonder how many people have lost their minds because of social networking, it's far too easy to lose yourself in them. Well, for me anyway. Suppose im crazy, i didnt allow myself too lose it and deleted my account. A closure, get on with life and regain a focus. You need some strength to get rid of facebook, i reasserted mine with a Facebook free life. Women hey, can't live with them nor without.

    54. I deleted my facebook account for the final time yesterday, simply because I don't need it, and was wasting far too much time on there. I have all mhy friends' emails, phone numbers, or both, and figure I can contact them that way and visa versa, I don't need to be part of the facebook revolution.

    55. Well I am back at it again. Jodi takes out another account,just starts to get ahead and ,wait for it, they deleted her again. Does she have a target on her or what?

    56. I am leaving f/b tomorrow, as a birthday gift to myself! For me it was more about time that it was taking away from, my RLFF…Real Life Friends/Family. I also noticed my self being sucked into arguments on certain groups I would join, by the trolls that joined for that reason only! I am sure I can spend my time in a much better way, and in a much better place, ie., Church, the park, jogging, or helping out at a homeless shelter, or even just sitting out back with family. What ever the day brings, it has to be more productive, than the last 13 months wasted on face-book!

    57. I deleted my Facebook account about a year ago, and almost a year later, I checked the site, and my page was right there as though I hadn't been gone a one minute. I was angry, and that is when the truth of it hit me. It is a way for certain entities to get information about us, and to see if we're still stupid enough to cut our own throats! Sad, but Face book is a kind of media, and you know what direction they went. Real sad…

    58. Does anyone know if it is possible to delete a Facebook account? I would appreciate it.

    59. I followed the instructions and waited the full 14 days. Attempt to log in after 14 days.. its just as if I have not done anything.. no deletion nothing.. I still use facebook, but I also know anything that is too personal or if there is anything I do not want out there, I will not put out there.

    60. I've deleted my facebook account for various reasons. The sharing of personal information with advertisers and the overall voyeuristic feel contributed to my decision. I grew tired of wasting time with facebook as I didn't use it to compose events or anything productive. Facebook has no rival when it comes to scheduling events and keeping in contact with people you haven't seen or may never see in person. Other than that facebook is an overall waste of time. The news feed is constantly flooded and can't separate news you find important from farmville trash. Status updates, horoscopes, quizzes, photo albums, 21 things about me, “like”, etc. all get old, they all suck, and they all serve to wet our appetite for voyeuristic exposes on everyone we know, no matter how mediocre. I deleted my account when the option became available and I received a prompt stating that my account would be deleted in 14 days. I did this in July. It's now August and I logged onto my account just to see if it had been deleted. I received another prompt stating my account was scheduled to be deleted on the 17th and if I wanted to cancel the deletion process. Has anyone actually had their account deleted for good or are people running into the same scenario I am? Why can't I be rid of this?

    61. This is actually quite interesting, reading all the posts below; I didnt know facebook has that much control over your personal information

      well i deactivated my account actually; I was sick of all my “friends” posting these happy pictures of themselves, or partying somewhere, or enjoying some luxurious vacation with friends and family.
      it just made me feel stupid clicking through their pictures one by one watching them enjoy their life while i was behind a laptop doing absolutely none of it. it made me think a lot about why they would post pictures of personal time with their family and friends, you know and there are options that enable for only certain people to view these pictures (like say for instance the people IN these pictures).
      it was a lot of that going on, just not wanting to be a part of some trend where people really were acting stupid (in my opinion) and being a part of it just made me sick. or posting their 400 photos of their wedding and honeymoon, I just dont understand why anybody would do that, its personal!

      overall, it was also my privacy that I felt was being invaded too. no matter how much i attempted at limiting my profile (at one point I had no wall, no tagged photos, no albums, just profile pictures), i still had people barging out of no where trying to find something about me because i was being very “mysterious”. i'd see relatives over the weekened, they'd say something smart like “Im sure you have someone, with all that makeup and hair done in your profile picture”

      just having a facebook account really gave people the chance to be nosy for no reason
      and as part of wanting people to respect my privacy, i wanted to respect THEIR privacy too and stop going through their pictures and what not, so there was really no point in having a facebook account anymore

    62. Hi James. You're not alone in your disgust with Facebook. I feel the exact same way. I de-activated my Facebook account yesterday for the same reasons you listed. My idea of social networking is not sitting for hours at my computer, responding to IM's, emails, and posting status updates for others to read when I could be out living my life instead. I'd rather invest my energy socially networking with people at different events, through shared hobbies and interests. You know, the way God intended = in person! One of the side effects of having a Facebook account is that people become real narcissists about the content they post in their profile. I don't think you're crazy James R at all, for needing to distance yourself from Facebook. It's a massive waste of time in my opinion, and I'm glad to be rid of my Facebook account. Any of the people I reconnected with now have my phone and email contact information, too, so I don't have to worry about losing touch with them now that my Facebook account is deactivated.

    63. I deleted my Facebook and MySpace accounts. I think social networking websites are a horrible waste of time and violation of privacy. There is much more to life than constantly updating your mood, posting hundreds of pics few people actually view, and caring about the perfect phrases to post. It's interesting that when you delete your accounts, you can see who your real friends actually are…

    64. I deleted my facebook account today. I felt great not having to deal with facebook anymore. I deleted my account for many reasons; privacy invading, not feeling safe on facebook, drama, and the lack of annoying people there were on there. I had over 200 friends which sure filled up my news feed. I was sick and tired of the same people writing the same crap everyday. Some people on my friends list would even update their status 10 times a day. I was sick and tired of it. 95% of my supposedly called 'friends' weren't even my REAL friends; some were just classmates and others were just part of my past. some would write on my wall, comment on my pictures or even send me a message asking me “how are you”, That made me happy that people would ask about how my day was, or write on my wall saying “Happy Birthday”, but you know what would of made me more happy? If those people actually called me or met up with me in person. after these 2 years of having facebook. I've realized that talking over a computer wasn't socializing. It was the opposite. I was addicted just like other of thousands of people out there who are still using facebook. Facebook is a popularity contest. A bunch of my mates would just add random kids at our school. I was sick of it, seeing people compete on having more friends than others. And about the privacy thing. Facebook and its 3rd partys were driving me insane! I use to trust facebook, but after they changed in 2010, I didn't even feel safe on there anymore. I felt like people were just taking up all my personal information. I realized that I was missing my “LIFE” my real life. I realized that I don't need facebook. If the people I had on there actually cared about me, than why haven't they called me? or why haven't they talked to me by now? I'm not friends with the friends I had in the past. Sure, they do bring back good memories, but that's the past. And now I have to live up my life to the fullest. Leave the people from your past alone. It's life, you grow up, make memories, have fun, and than move on. So that's why I deleted my facebook. I grew up, and now i can enjoy my life! 🙂 So if you haven't deleted your facebook, please do now, Your life was happy before facebook, so what makes you think it won't be after not having it? Think about it. DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK!

    65. I just deleted my facebook account. First of, I was there to make friends and connect with my friends. However I was glad that it had been the tool to find out who my real friends were. What happened was… I was bullied by my then so-called-friends by posting malicious messages on their walls and mine, I can't handle it, it was getting out of hand. It stressed my nerves out so I've just deleted it without a second thought. And now I feel peace. I just had to do it, what patience and respect I have left for them.

    66. I will be deleting my FB account in the next day or so after i remove everything i can from my profile. I found it a big waste of time and while facebooking my 3year old son would beg me to play with him while i was on the computer. I'm gonna be spending the time that I would have been on FB with my son instead. Also no one every really “talked” or wrote anything on my wall. I'd just waste time looking a stupid status updates of people I rarely talked to.

    67. Yes. I deleted my facebook 2 weeks ago, i PERMANENTLY deleted it, not just deactivated it, (which is a fancy way of saying logging out). Facebook is a site that will do any and everything to make you stay. That is stupid. Also i deleted my facebook because i was sick of the spam messages, the invitations, the game and quiz invites. It was all so iritating. Not to mention, facebook is really boring and pointless. It has no point to it whatsoever. I just saw no need to have it anymore, so now i am done with it for good! In fact, i am done with all social sites for good because they all serve the same purpose, and they all suck! Social networking is a waste of time, and it is boring.

    68. deleted my account, too many privacy issuses..who really wants to share all post n comments too all friends,get real FB..BYE lol

    69. @Barbeesha You said everything for me LOL! I feel so good deleting Facebook. I am praying this time it will be permanent.

    70. I deleted mine last Saturday. I will absolutely never go back!
      here's my reasons……

      -Remember about a year back when everyones profile was exposed? Without notification, facebook suddenly updated the security features setting all user's profiles to public. That was strike 1.

      -Compulsive array of useless information.

      -Knowing that if I gave facebook another 2+ years I'd want even more time back that I've wasted on it.

      -Signed in on dec 9th 2010 with the site asking me for my phone number as a security measure. I lost it. I actually said “FUCK IT”. Went to the help. Found the link to “permanently delete account” giving you 14days until “complete deletion” just to make sure your not accidentally deleting . Even when deactivating they try and guilt trip you. Yea, my time with facebook is fucking over. Sure theres good things about it but the negative definitely outweigh the positive in my opinion.

      Facebook is like a undercover collection agency.
      I'm just better off without it!

    71. Deleting my facebook account was one of the most liberating things I had done in years.
      Killed it.
      Don’t miss it.
      What a waste of time it was!

    72. Why don’t you simply use your own domain and website for your photographs? Why make things more complicated and trecherous than they need to be by using domains that don’t belong to you?

    73. It is a huge waste of time!!!! People loose hours of sleep because of the addicting nature of Facebook. There is always the arguement “don’t let your self get addicted…” WELL it is totally normal to know that your best friend or you boyfriend/girlfriend is online and to want to stay and chat with them… well guess what?! Thats what phones are for. In deleting mine I learned who my true friends were. They were the ones that started texting me and calling me when they noticed that I was no longer on facebook. Connecting with old friends is great… but how in the world did they stay connected in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s… snail mail.. in the 80’s, 90’s phone calls….. now electronic means have killed vocal/verbal communication. People propose via facebook, text, email! USE YOUR VOICE! I dont see my self getting another Facebook unless I will DIE physically die with out it! THE END!

    74. Yes, you’re completely right. I have had this serious unrequited love case, which cause me a very deep emotional pain. Every time I see the face of the one I loved with her relationship status in Facebook, that is she was in relationship with someone, I felt like my heart was being completely crushed. It has caused me to hate Facebook in a way that most people could never understand. If possible, I want to write some kind of viruses or worms and programmed it to attack and destroy Facebook completely.

    75. Yes, you’re completely right. I have had this serious unrequited love case, which caused me a very deep emotional pain. Every time I see the face of the one I loved with her relationship status in Facebook, that is she was in relationship with someone, I felt like my heart was being completely crushed. It has caused me to hate Facebook in a way that most people could never understand. If possible, I want to write some kind of viruses or worms and programmed it to attack and destroy Facebook completely.

    76. I deleted it last week. I am a 20 year old college student. It’s completely pointless to keep in contact with every person I will ever meet. Also I really don’t want to know what my personal friends are doing constantly.

    77. I deleted my Facebook account, im in the process of their stupid 14 day thing.. I haven’t been on it and it feels great. I hope it really does delete after thoes 14 days though. I hate Facebook its full of fake friends, doing things without me, making plans without me and  DRAMA. I hate the damn site, it even gives me a bad feeling when im on and theres no privacy to it at all. I hate it.

    78.  

      There are actually several reasons
      for my decision. I think, first and foremost, that facebook’s values doesn’t match
      me anymore…(well maybe they never had). But it’s like facebook, has outplayed
      its role and i have, in some ways, had too much of it. (been there, done that)

       Although i haven’t used it that much lately, i
      still think, that it is too much of a time waster, compared to what you
      actually get from the time you spent on the site.

      I’ve tried for fun to keep away from
      facebook for two weeks or so, just to see how much of importance i would actually
      miss ..-and surprisingly (or..?!) there was nothing vital going on …. except
      from people’s own stagings in the form of status updates, photos, etc.
      No offence to anyone(!!) –  it’s simply
      because the way facebook is designed and programmed to be!!

      I also believe that a place/site like
      facebook, where everybody eventually find themselves and everyone else, will
      sooner or later become too mainstream  and loose its interest from people (at least
      for me). … But i dunno… maybe im wrong…whatever.

      However if you were a company who
      would have to  promote a product, and
      target a specific segment of customers, then i’d say  facebook is really great. But as a private
      person, i just think that it’s too un-constructive, so to say.

      Or if you have to organize an event
      and/or invite people, facebook would be great for using so too. But if it’s
      really that important, i guess that you/ i would still be notified via phone,
      mail, etc, by the peeps who wants to invite.!?

       

      But I guess that sooner or later,
      there will be ‘a-new-big-thing’ to replace facebook which suits me better. It
      would be cool if there was a site where fx, you could share / gain knowledge
      with people who have the same interests as oneself. Then it also would be more constructive,
      interesting and more useful. –And in that way you also won’t have to listen to/read
       the stories about your neighbor’s
      wife  who accidently fed her cat with
      dogfood, which happened just before she was going the get a haircut by her
      balled friend ,who is not in any way a haircutter, but eventually a butcher,
      and  who, besides her job as a butcher,
      loves to give out free blowj…….. Blaaaah 
      and omg! (x100) … .. you get my point 😉 -and im afraid, that i too,
      have posted smth similar once in a while …(sorry bout’ that!)

      Besides, there are other things i
      don’t like so much about facebook; the setup 
      according to communication, targeted advertising, safety, and last but
      not least; the fact, that facebook is owned by someone -and whatever people(i.e.
       u&i ) post, that too will be owned
      by this company (i.e facebook).
      And what is perhaps worse; all user activity is their value. That means all
      activity is value creation for a company that really doesn’t care alot about
      their users, ONLY on how they can get people to spend as much time as possible
      on their ‘business’/site. I feel like It’s almost like being a slave to
      facebook; It’s their rules – and we are just the players in some way.
       But i don’t really like their rules, or this
      ’game’ anymore – I need some new challenges… or maybe just to get back to
      basics again…:-)

       

      However an open-source-social-network
      (or whatever you would call it) – something 
      which is built on users’ premises, with a more free layout and free
      design of the profile, would be much more appropriate and useful …at least from
      my point of view. However there’s no doubt that social online networks have an
      important role in many contexts….
      But for me, it’s just time to >unfriend facebook< .

      Anyways you asked for my answer, and that
      ‘s the closest i can get!

      And btw;  all
      respect to those of you who don’t agree, and believes that  i am wrong (i might be) and that i have been
      drinking too much whiskey (well…i might have….but at least not the whole  bottle..heheHic^^ )
       

    79.  

      This was my final comment to all my ‘friends’ on facebook.

      Ok… i will try and reply in English,
      so that my none-Danish speaking-friends will get my point as well– or at least
      get my explanation.
      There are actually several reasons for my decision. I think, first and
      foremost, that facebook’s values doesn’t match me anymore…(well maybe they
      never had). But it’s like facebook, has outplayed its role, and i have, in many
      ways, had too much of it…. (been there, done that)
      Since i created my profile for five years ago, i’ve realized that communicating
      over a social network like facebook, isn’t really socializing at all. It’s
      actually the opposite.

      Sure 
      facebook is a great tool in many ways; if you want to invite people for
      an event, party etc .Or if you want to promote yourself with cool status
      updates, great pictures or whatsoever.
      Or if you were a company, who would have to 
      promote a product and target a specific segment of customers, then obviously
      facebook is really great too. But seriously; if the party or event happens to
      be really that important, then im quite sure, that i will be notified by phone,
      mail or sms anyway…(or so i hope 😉 ) – and if not, then at least I won’t have
      to read about it, which is exactly what ithink facebook is all about; too much
      unnecessary which can be a really time consumer without really noticing.
      And as a private person, i just think that it’s too un-constructive compared to
      what i actually get from the time i spent(waste!!) on the site. And i have to
      say, that i think it’s really boring in many ways…facebook is boring!
      For a while ago, i tried for fun to keep away from facebook for two weeks or
      so, just to see how much of importance i would actually miss ..-and
      surprisingly enough(or..?!) there was nothing vital going on …. except from
      people’s own stagings in the form of status updates, photos, etc.

      No offence to anyone(!!) –  it’s simply because that’s the way facebook
      has been designed and programmed to provide information in between us!!

      And what has happened to me is, that a
      place/site like facebook, where everybody eventually find themselves and
      everyone else (from grandparents to grandchildren fx), has become too mainstream.
      I don’t think  it’s as interesting as it
      used to be. It’s as simple as that.

      Who knows, maybe some day there will
      be ‘a-new-big-thing’ to replace facebook which suits me better. Hopefully a
      site where fx, you could share / gain knowledge with people who have the same
      interests as oneself. Then it also would be much more constructive, interesting
      and more useful. –And in that way you also won’t have to listen to/read about
      all that nonsense. (again; no offence whatsoever !! – im sure, that i too, have
      posted a good bedtime story once in a while …and sorry bout’ that!)

      Besides, there are other things i
      don’t like about facebook; the setup according to communication, targeted
      advertising , safety, and last but not least; the fact that facebook is owned
      by someone! -And whatever people(i.e. 
      u&i ) post, that too will be owned by this company (i.e facebook).

      And what is perhaps worse; all user
      activity = their value. That means all activity is value creation for a company
      that really doesn’t care alot about their users -ONLY on how they can get
      people to spend as much time as possible on their site/ ‘business’!$!$!. I feel
      like its almost like being a slave to facebook; It’s their rules – and i am, in
      many ways, just one of 678mill players…while spending minutes, hours, days of
      my lifes on something which i even can’t control myself. (now it sounds like im
      addicted, but to be honest, i did check my facebook at least once a day, but
      not more that ½-1 hour daily. – but that’s still a lot!!)
       But  i don’t really like these rules, or this
      ’game’ (anymore)  – I need some new
      challenges now… or maybe just to get back to basics… 🙂

      However there’s no doubt that social
      online networks have an important role in many contexts….

      But for me, the time has come to
      >unfriend facebook< now. And you know what? Im really looking forward to
      it!!

      Anyway..  all respect to those of you who don’t agree,
      and believes that  i am wrong (i might
      be) -and that i have been drinking too much whiskey (i might have….-but at
      least not the whole bottle..heheHic!)

      Take care and once again – thanks for all your
      birthday greetings and all the chats i have had with some of you – it’s been
      nice knowing that you are doing well – that’s what’s most important!!!
      See you on the other side/IRL!

    80. I deleted my facebook account a half hour ago. It acctually feels good to not have it. If you really wanna talk to me, call me, find someone that we both know that has my number and talk to me on the phone like a normal human being. I remember when i was little there was nothing more exciting than getting a phone call. Theres much to be said for hearing a voice.

    81. MY account was deleted by facebook that i used to go to other pages.I want my account back on my facebook.I could disable some things ,now i can do nothing because you[FACEBOOK} chose to delete eveyones account.I saw both of you idiots on tv the other night,no wonder its a mess nlow an people are closing their facebooks,We have no rights.Keeep it up an run it into the ground.NN

    82. Hi Guys,
       Since some of you have wrote me emails and asked me about my decision for leaving facebook behind I want to let you know, that nothing is wrong, and I am absolutely fine! 🙂
      So instead of writing individual mails, I thought that this would be an opportunity to write my first (and last) note on facebook. And I will write this note in English, so that my none-Danish speaking-friends will get my point as well– or at least get my explanation.
      There are actually several reasons for my decision. I think, first and foremost, that for me, facebook has outplayed its role, and the values of facebook’s doesn’t match me anymore .
      Since i created my profile for five years ago, i’ve realized that communicating over a social network like facebook, isn’t really socializing at all. It’s more like the opposite; too much of a time consumer just sitting there, in front of the computer without any purpose whatsoever.
       Sure  facebook is a great tool in many ways; if you want to invite people for an event, party etc .Or if you want to promote yourself with cool status updates, great pictures or whatever..
      Or if you are a company, who would have to promote a product and target a specific segment of customers, then obviously facebook is really great too.
      But if the party or event is really that important, then i’m quite sure, that i will be notified by phone, mail or sms anyway…(or so i hope 😉 ) – and if not, then at least i won’t have to read about it, which is exactly what i think facebook is all about;. My news feed is constantly flooded with so many informations, which kinda makes it difficult to separate the news that i find important, from all the trash.
      And as a private person, i just think that it’s too un-constructive compared to what i actually get from the time i spent on the site.
      For a while ago, i tried for fun to keep away from facebook for two weeks or so, just to see how much of importance i would actually miss ..-and surprisingly enough(or..?!) there was nothing vital going on …. except from people’s own stagings in the form of status updates, photos, etc. – And that totally causes the way facebook has been designed and programmed to provide information in between us. Then it’s up to us as a user to write the news. But to me it’s not as interesting nor exciting anymore as it used to be. It has become too ‘normal’/too mainstream -where everybody eventually find themselves and everyone else.
       Besides, there are other things i don’t like about facebook; the setup according to communication, targeted advertising, safety, and last but not least; the fact that facebook is owned by someone -And whatever people(i.e.  u&i ) post, that too will be owned by this company (i.e facebook).
      And what is perhaps worse; all user activity = their value. That means all activity is value creation for a company that really doesn’t care alot about their users -ONLY on how they can get people to spend as much time as possible on their site/ ‘business’!$!$!. For me It’s almost like being a slave to facebook; It’s their rules – and we are, in some ways, just the players, who are spending minutes, hours, days of our lifes on something which we even can’t control ourself.
      Now it might sounds like I’m crazy and almost addicted to facebook. But to be honest, i did check my facebook at least once a day, but not more that ½-1 hour per day. But that’s still a lot – it’s like spending 7 hours a week in front of the computer, while just getting fatter..or..;-)
      Oh well…Who knows, maybe some day there will be ‘a-new-big-thing’ to replace facebook which suits me better. (Just like whatever happened to MySpace for some years ago)
      Anyway, there’s no doubt that social online networks have an important role in many contexts. But I just need some new challenges now… or maybe just to get ‘back to basics’.
      So….for me the time has come to >unfriend facebook< now and please remember; That this is totally my opinion, and all my respect to those who disagree!!! 🙂
       
      May the force be with you –  Take care(!) – And see you on the other side! 🙂
       
      Christian
       

    83. When you delete your account they try to lure you back in, but i had enough of the addictive website because it wasted my valuable time.Instead of doing something productive, i was wasting my time on Facebook and that made me feel bad as if i had achieved nothing.And yeah, sure people try and add you that youve never even personally met, but i always blocked or ignored them.
      It is so worth it to delete your account, i believe i did the right thing and now i dont sit on FB most of the day anymore! 🙂

    84. Why I deleted my FB account

      These are my
      personal opinions having been a keen poster on FB for 3 months. Initially I
      enjoyed it, especially building up my profile, selecting photos and video clips
      and communicating with a circle of FB friends.

      After a short
      while I became disillusioned that much on FB was uninspiring and uninteresting,
      FB seemed to draw people to a lowest common denominator with superficiality and
      banality often being the norm. I noticed interesting, thought provoking or
      inspiring articles could go without comment while trivial ones got a lot of
      attention. Posters seemed to be grandstanding to show how ‘cool’ they were in
      making outrageous comments but did not want to bother to invest intellectually
      if a topic required some thought.

      I became used
      to seeing mundane content and wondered why I should care if a ‘friend’ was on a
      bus or in a coffee shop or had only two hours to go until they finish work? I
      would not have expected anyone to be interested if I made such posts about my day.

      I came to
      realise the FB business agenda was about gathering data to sell, and not about
      FB’s users. That it is a very large business, not a social service to bring
      people together. FB is ubiquitous and intrusive and I developed concerns about
      both privacy and security. I felt there was a risk of being lured by scams and
      I was also invited into questionable games. Ultimately I was fearful that if I
      made a mistake I would lose control of my FB profile, my computer or of my
      finances. The more I read up the more I formed the opinion that Mark Zuckerberg
      appeared not to be the sort of person I would either like or trust.

      I found FB
      language most irritating. I did not have 48 ‘friends’ any more than some people
      had several hundred or even thousand. ‘Like’ was also used in a limited sense.
      Once I wanted to signal I agreed or approved of a comment about a fatal road
      accident, giving me the dilemma should I ‘like’ it? Someone once ‘liked’ my
      comment about a genocide and quickly qualified the comment to say they did not actually ‘like’ genocide. And as for ‘poke’ – how annoying!

      The layout,
      colours etc. are in my opinion about as boring as Mark Zuckerberg’s grey
      hoodie. To me the comments looked undifferentiated unless people chose to place
      an eye-catching picture with their posts. By contrast, in a room full of
      friends and acquaintances I would probably be mutually drawn to those I am
      closer to emotionally or socially, or was interested in getting to know. They
      look bigger, brighter or more attractive in the room. On FB everything looks
      the same in a flat, two dimensional world.

      I realised it
      is far harder to deactivate or delete my account than to start one up. On first
      deactivating my account there was the emotional blackmail of seeing messages
      that certain friends would miss me. I believe even after permanent deletion, FB
      holds onto some data ‘for technical reasons.’ This arouses my suspicions. 

      I instinctively
      distrust anything this big and powerful. Know the remark “power tends to
      corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton, English
      historian, politician, and writer)? I believe the same could apply to FB, which
      has quickly become a truly enormous and powerful company.

      My motto has
      become “share your personality and intelligence with your friends and the
      world, or post on Facebook. It’s free choice and always will be (like this
      comment).”

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    88. is there anyway to push facebook when deleting your account? 2 weeks too remove a account what going on there with them.i just want to leave the thing i never know some many people to fall out .the thing should be called family and freinds destory

    89. I just deleted my facebook account a few minutes ago.  Feb. 22nd/2012.  It all started a week ago when facebook gave me a warning for posting inappropriate photos on my account.  I wrote to facebook to show me which photos and with details.  They never responded.  This morning I received another notification to remove the photos or else!!!  I tried calling people from facebook…All I got from them was “I’m sorry we at facebook apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you”  I told him to cut the crap with the cheap apologetic talk and get to the point and tell me which photos.  He was no help in any way.  Therefore I deleted my account and gave for reasons “Facebook is nothing more but a registry for people to give to the world their personal information and as far as your f…ing service is concerned, I get better service at walmart when in need of help.  All my photos are of family and a few of myself and their all FU…KING CLEAN” Furthermore I would suggest to everybody to delete their facebook account as the government is presently passing legislation to be able to go into your account without you knowing and without a warrant.  Thank you for allowing me to post and vent my thoughts on facebook.

    90. I deleted mine about 6 weeks back and I haven’t missed it for a moment.  Still feel quite relieved. 

    91. I deleted my account a few months ago but was never really too enthusiastic about everyones sudden addiction to narrating their lives in such detail. Reeled in by “friends” which probably had their own agendas for me, it didn’t feel good to know the just of what others I knew in the past decided to do with their lives.

      What I realized is how unhealthy the site is for people who haven’t found themselves yet. When you know yourself & have found someone to share your life with coupled with a pretty great career most people cannot be happy for you. I didn’t reach my success by tearing people down or constantly comparing my achievements to the next mans but unfortunately others have spoon fed their narcissistic tendencies this way & Facebook isn’t helping their addiction.

      I got this feeling of resentment from people that have never responded this way to me before all from mainly pictures. I didn’t check in or log on from a mobile & NEVER made Facebook my personal diary or daily planner. I’m also not the type of person to share myself completely with people so I’m assuming the vague yet hilarious tid bits about my life coupled with pics from vacations (12 last year alone), dinners & my nightlife had negative effects on my Facebook friends.Throw humble in the mix & I have literally ruined any chances of fitting in on Facebook.

      I noticed with a few people as myself that you truly enjoy your life & accomplishments by not going on & on about them, posting a few pics & moving on to your message inbox. Then there are those insecure bunch, as in A LOT of people who chronicle the most trivial things & literally every time they bought something I knew it & how much it cost. I knew where their children were & how you couldn’t wait to drop them off with their fathers. I knew that you hated your boss & how you would undermine him, basically I witnessed the weakness in people they never exposed before.

      Most of all it made me guilty. I felt guilty that people weren’t happy in their lives & their past choices. It made me feel like when I was a child being told how to act & what to strive for. When the world was telling me to chase success ruthlessly I didn’t follow. I chose my own path & reached success anyways but now it’s this ” social network” that says you should drive Range Rovers & wear red sole designer shoes to be admired. To spend $1k on bottle service & to be invited to all the exclusive parties.

      I’ll tell you what, I have the Range Rover, designer crap & spend lavishly but for me I feel like it’s mainly to enjoy myself or kill time with distractions from meetings. I don’t value my worth because of any of these things for the same reason that it could all disappear tomorrow. That’s the point really, if Facebook ceased to exist next week would people’s non existent self-esteem make it in tact? I haven’t thought twice about leaving Facebook. It feels good not to fill my mind with nonsense about so & so & not to have to answer why so & so came out with me but they weren’t invited. I feel free from defending my life to enjoying what I worked so hard for, sharing my favorite pics with friends via email like in the olden days LoL

    92. For me, deleting my account over a year ago was about liberation and not wasting any more of my time on that pointless site.  In my college days, I was posting things that I would now consider none of anyone’s business.  After that, I used it for playing a game that I would play daily and even spend MONEY on.  I know! So dumb!  I also had way too many people as “Friends” that I hardly knew.  My boyfriend also was jealous of me communicating with guys (on our walls) that I worked with or went to school with, so to just quit it all together and Deactivate those problems in my life, I Deactivated my account.  I know if I try to sign in I’ll be right back in, but I’m never going back.  I now spend my time doing hobbies and hanging out with people–in person! I know, what a concept!

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    94. i have same case and i am going to delete my facebook account 
      i loved a girl on fb and she enjoy with other friends on fb and i very sencitiy and wast my time at fb 

    95. i have same case and i am going to delete my facebook account 
      i loved a girl on fb and she enjoy with other friends on fb and i very sencitiy and wast my time at fb 

    96. i have same case and i am going to delete my facebook account 
      i loved a girl on fb and she enjoy with other friends on fb and i very sencitiy and wast my time at fb 

    97. i deleted mine 1 year and 3 months ago, as soon as I witnessed social networks merging themselves, search engines, and popular video streaming sites all together. I realized simply typing something into a box while online leaves a massive traceable footprint, that advertisers and someone with enough money to give, gets access to. There’s always a loophole in favor for the one’s with billions of dollars. And thats what it’s all about everyone…..Money. I fear eventually Healthcare officials, and insurance agencies will be able to deny people coverage based off information willingly submitted to facebook or such a thing like it, due to a possible mis understanding privacy terms of use agreement that someone clicks not knowing that click that allowed them to upgrade and merge their favorite social network site to their other favorite list of sites also contained another paragraph someone forgets to read stating, their social network page is an official document here on out, and what they put on it can be subject to review. Not now of course but I could imagine something like this happening soon. Anyways thanks if you took the time to read this, this was just a little insight on my thoughts and why I no longer have anything to do with social sites.

      Sincerely, anonymous (I like it that way) 

    98. Sick to death of OUR LIVES being nothing more than fodder for marketers and profiteers.
       Tired of the same old “look at what WE’RE doing” posts.  Makes it feel like high school.
        Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    99. Sir, I know of people spend 5 hours or more per day updating their information, profile, photos on facebook, which is destroying their much valuable and productive time. The reason why I’ve quit facebook is that you find a friend after many years and you add them friends and they get to know about you and your complete details and then there is no communication even when you keep posting to them. I would prefer not to re-know them than meeting on facebook and acting like strangers. Out there are pompous individuals trying to show off their cars, wives, properties villas with all their might which they do not know that is going to cause serious harm for them. And those porn pictures on the side palette as advertisements are really obscene and I don’t like my spouse and children seeing me in front of those pictures. Just happy that, I decided to delete the account. 

    100. i want to permanently delete my facebook account and i will. i dont see why it takes 14 days for it to be permanently gone! i feel like my info, photos, my posts, nothing will ever be gone, like i feel like all that stuff i had on my facebook account will always be out there. i dont feel safe, its a bunch of bull! any other account/page ive had might take 24 hours and it was permanently gone, y does facebook take so long? ijust want my page gone, thats it!!!!

    101. James…i totally agree with you! it makes sense n ive hated being on facebook for years, its taken alot away from my family, its ruined alot for me. i dont feel safe on there. its all a bunch of bullshit drama about othere ppls lives n yea that made me depressed even more, hearing about how others ( my past friends) we married, owned a house, we’re so happy. and here i was feeling bad everyday, wanting what they had. in the end im very happy for what i have even if its not as good as what my past friends have. i am thank ful and all i want now is to know why it take 14 days to fully permanently delete my facebook account? i want it to b over, im ready to live my own life, stop hearing about others good lives or all the complaining.

    102. they say 14 days to permanently delete it but i dont even bleieve that. n if so y does it take 2 weeks to delete ones page? i cant understand alot about what facebook is really all about, all i know is i really want all my info and pics and posts gone for good, will that ever happen?? who knows

    103. I delete two months before, i am feeling quite good right now. i am happy because i stopped wasting my time anymore.

    104. Someone deleted my Facebook in 2011 and I’ve been trying to recover it for 2 1/2 yrs.had lots of pics on there.can u help.i have created another account but I need my pics

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