Sunday, August 25, 2013
Deleting yourself from the Internet is hard work. First, you have to decide where exactly you want to disappear — from social media sites to retailer databases — and then you have to figure out how you're going to do all that.
So attention, web users. This is something you'll want to bookmark.
A new site called JustDelete.me makes vanishing from the web much, much easier. Created by U.K.-based developer Robb Lewis, JustDelete.me is a directory of urls that highlights links to pages you may want to remove yourself from, so you don't have to jump through hoops to do so. This includes sites like Facebook, Foursquare, Dropbox and Feedly.
Some companies use "dark pattern" techniques, which makes it difficult and tenuous to delete accounts. This is meant to sway users from successfully completing the removal process.
JustDelete.me ranks each site's process from "easy" to "impossible," so you know what to expect ahead of time. For example, Amazon.com and the NewYorkTimes.com are rated "hard" to delete, while movie directory IMDB.com and PayPal are listed as "easy." Sites such as Pinterest and Netflix are "impossible."
The next time you want to call it quits with a site, visit JustDelete.me and save yourself a headache.