Be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, "after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users." Translation: if you wrote a comment on a friend's status update or photo, it will remain even after you delete your own profile. Visit Twitter's "account settings" page from a desktop web browser (you can't do it via mobile) and you can deactivate your account with the link at the bottom. Visit your Vine settings on the desktop to click the Delete Account link, or email [email protected] to get it "permanently suspended." Do it before you delete Twitter, or be sure to add an email to your Vine account, or they may not be able to match you do the email address. The company has so many services—an office suite and storage via Google Drive, email via Gmail, blogging with Blogger, apps and media via the Google Play store, advertising via Ad Sense, video sharing via You Tube, maps, Hangouts, Google Photos, a sad play at a social network...it's endless.Deleting all of them in one fell swoop is actually quite easy. That's all it takes to walk away entirely (and lose all those files, emails, videos, etc., so download them first ) You get a small grace period to reinstate the account from the Google password assistance page, but the window is not long.
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Each serves the same purpose—to let you know which sites and services make it easy to leave, which make it difficult, and which make it damn-near impossible.
Facebook The mac-daddy of social networking, Facebook had 1.86 billion monthly active users as of late 2016, almost double what it had in 2012, so it probably doesn't miss the few who decide to delete or deactivate accounts. the old heave-ho, keep in mind that Facebook has become an almost-de-facto log-in option for many online services, retailers, and media outlets. So killing a Facebook account could lock you out of more than just one social network, which makes some people very cranky.
If you're ready to cut ties, the link to deactivate is in your account settings, found under Security, but here's a direct link to use while logged in. Facebook will try to convince you to stay by showing you photos of the friends who will presumably miss your online presence.
We'll spell out the differences for each account, as needed.) Also, sometimes legality prevents a service from deleting everything you've posted publicly in the past, so remnants of your time there could remain in perpetuity.
This list includes the big-name sites most people use.They'll still ask for proof by asking you to identify at least five contacts in your Skype account, plus the email you used to sign up. (This only works for Skype IDs, not if you use your Microsoft ID to log into Skype.) Snapchat Simply deleting the app from your phone doesn't do the trick.There also isn't a way to delete your account from within the app. On the Web, go to Snapchat's Delete Your Account page and log in.Linked In It could be argued that Linked In is the most useful social network around, especially for job networking. In fact, Linked In specifically suggests that if you have multiple accounts, you should close all but one to consolidate.To close an account, log in via a desktop browser and click the thumbnail pic in the upper right to access Account: Settings & Privacy. Look for a link called "Closing your Linked In Account" under Subscriptions.For now at least, your master Microsoft account signs in to everything Microsofty, from and Skype to Xbox Live and Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions.