I decided to delete my Facebook account a couple of days ago. I found I was hardly using it – certainly not enough to justify upsetting friends who assumed otherwise and were thus unwittingly ignored.
It’s somewhat harder than it should be to *permanently* delete all your data from Facebook. By default Facebook encourage you to ‘deactivate’ your account, which leaves all your data in their systems, albeit hidden from other users. Should you ever log in to Facebook again, even via a Facebook Connect login to a 3rd party site like Digg, then your whole Facebook account will spring back into life whether you want it to or not. Deactivating your Facebook profile turns your profile into a Zombie. You’re forever at risk of triggering it to wake from the dead and take a bite out of you.
Here are 7 steps to *really* delete your data from Facebook:
Step 1: Login to Facebook.com
Step 2: Click on the ‘Account’ link in the top right of the page
Step 3: A menu will pop down. Select ‘Account Settings’
Step 4: Change your Facebook password (click on the ‘change’ link to the right of the word Password)
Step 5: Go to this page and click ‘Submit’
Step 6: Click on the ‘Log Out’ button.
Step 7: After 2 weeks, your data should be deleted from Facebook.
Make sure you don’t log-in to Facebook at all during the 2 week period – be that via Facebook Connect, the Facebook iPhone app, embedded ‘Like this’ buttons on other websites. etc. Changing your password reduces the risk of doing this by mistake.