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Tips for getting rid of Facebook?

Asked by mandybookworm (712points) August 15th, 2010

I am planning on getting rid of my facebook account in eleven days because it is getting too addictive and causing problems. I have a friend who can delete it for me so that no one besides the facebook company can access it. Tomorrow I am emailing the people that I want to stay in touch with (all close friends that I know) to warn them so that we can stay in touch via phone or some other form of communication.
I am nervous as this is one of my primary ways to stay in touch with people. however this needs to be done, because facebook consumes too much of my time. If anyone has any pointers or guidelines as to deleting my facebook account I would appreciate hearing them.

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Winters's avatar

It sounds like you’ve actually got it all planned out so it’ll work decently. best of luck.

Nullo's avatar

Like @Winters said, it sounds like you’ve got it all worked out. I suggest that you explore older methods of staying in touch.

Seaminglysew's avatar

Good for You!

john65pennington's avatar

Be leary of Facebook. all of my wife’s communicatons with her friends are also on my email account. this is a virus. it may follow you, no matter.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Make sure to delete your account, not just deactivate it.

Jabe73's avatar

Not that I’m trying to jump off topic here but some people have been bugging me to get a facebook account and I’ve been thinking about it. @john65pennington I use emails to keep in contact with certain people as well but what do you mean Facebook is a “virus”? So Facebook or other social networking sites are not “safe”? I probally will not get a Facebook account anyway since I prefer to email.

@mandybookworm Can’t you just delete a Facebook account the same way you would delete a Fluther account?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Jabe73 Facebook hides the delete option, and instead gives you the “deactivate” option, which is more like a log-out that hides your data, but doesn’t really delete anything. Deleting your facebook page takes over 2 weeks.

robmandu's avatar

This faq explains:

If you deactivate your account from the “Deactivate Account” section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and expect their information to be there when they return to the service.

If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, please 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 permanently deleted with no option for recovery, log in to your account and then submit your request by clicking HERE.

[ Note: ] the links above will only work for users with Facebook accounts.

mandybookworm's avatar

@robmandu… I may just deactivate my account in that case. I may come back to facebook in a few years, but I haven’t decided yet.

Disc2021's avatar

Ahh, yes, Facebook. You could complete Facebook Seppukoo and keep your honor, just as an original Samurai.

Squeeky's avatar

I deactivated my account months ago,just took off any and all of my info that I could then deactivated the account and never looked back.

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