How to Escape Social Media with JustDelete.Me
From the updates regarding people you couldn't care less about to the overload of tweets, likes, pins, and comments, there comes a point in social media membership when enough is enough. But, as anyone who's ever tried to deactivate their accounts can tell you, signing out isn't nearly as easy as signing up.
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Fortunately, there's a new online site that makes your disappearing act a little more doable. At JustDelete.Me, users of social media sites such as Facebook, Foursquare, Pinterest, and Twitter as well as public forums like IMDb, Craigslist, Etsy, and Flickr can access a user-friendly directory that navigates them through the dark patterns of some of the most popular sites for storing identity.
Dark patterns, as the site explains, are intentionally confusing traps, detours, and loopholes that websites build to make leaving them all the more difficult -- similar to a Vegas casino.
Designed by UK web developer Robb Lewis, JustDelete.me offers an exit strategy to almost 130 web services, color-coding them by the level of difficulty in account deletion -- from easy to medium, hard to impossible. While not every web service will set you free (Netflix, for example, refuses to delete your account details), JustDelete.me makes social media sanctuary a little more attainable.