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(Slate)   How to delete all of your Facebook account activity. Prepare for the Great Facebook Purge of 2014   (slate.com) divider line 34
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2014-01-01 01:29:07 PM  
They still save it, there's really no point. Once online, always online.
 
2014-01-01 01:46:02 PM  
What is "Facebook activity", and why would I have some?
 
2014-01-01 01:49:32 PM  
Or, you could just refrain from posting stupid shiat on Facebook. I use it to connect with people I haven't seen for a while or lost track of. No pictures, used minimum info required to open account. My use consists of "Hey, here is my email, drop me a line."

Not getting caught up in that online mess
 
2014-01-01 02:21:14 PM  
A professional, paid Slate writer should really know the difference between the words prosperity and posterity.

'do facebook posts need to be around for prosperity?' Sheesh.
 
2014-01-01 02:22:29 PM  
"I see no reason to preserve this for prosperity, and since it's my data, I want to be in control of its disposal"

I just saved this quote for posterity.  Try and delete that, you semi-educated millennial whiner.
 
2014-01-01 02:24:01 PM  

Sim Tree: A professional, paid Slate writer should really know the difference between the words prosperity and posterity.

'do facebook posts need to be around for prosperity?' Sheesh.


Maybe she wrote it on her smartphone.  Autocorrect shiat like that abounds now, which actually makes things more confusing.  It's easier to read through a typo than a different word that changes the meaning.
 
2014-01-01 02:26:10 PM  
Before deleting everything, you might want to save a copy of it.

fromthepoint.com
 
2014-01-01 02:29:27 PM  
Facebook also has a complex and extensive content delivery network with copies of posts stored in many places, so a stray copy could show up after deletion.

In other words, not deleted at all, you twit.
 
2014-01-01 02:45:49 PM  
1.  Login to Facebook account
2.  Permanently delete Facebook account
3.  No more Facebook activity
 
2014-01-01 02:46:38 PM  
My favorite thing about Facebook is their persistent attempts at trying to get me to give up my phone number..   Ya know.. For "security" reasons..
 
2014-01-01 03:14:27 PM  

styckx: My favorite thing about Facebook is their persistent attempts at trying to get me to give up my phone number..   Ya know.. For "security" reasons..


Google+, also. Thank you, no, and stop asking.
 
2014-01-01 03:46:55 PM  

styckx: My favorite thing about Facebook is their persistent attempts at trying to get me to give up my phone number..   Ya know.. For "security" reasons..


That's actually pretty standard two-factor authentication. My bank uses it when I log in from an unfamiliar computer, sending me a text message with a code that is required for logging in. Doesn't help that much if my phone is stolen and someone tries to get in before I can kill the line, but it protects against basic account hacking.
 
2014-01-01 03:48:58 PM  
Farthead Manjoose said it would be easy.
 
2014-01-01 04:44:56 PM  

Mad_Radhu: styckx: My favorite thing about Facebook is their persistent attempts at trying to get me to give up my phone number.. Ya know.. For "security" reasons..

That's actually pretty standard two-factor authentication. My bank uses it when I log in from an unfamiliar computer, sending me a text message with a code that is required for logging in. Doesn't help that much if my phone is stolen and someone tries to get in before I can kill the line, but it protects against basic account hacking.


/Sponsored by NSA
//"We Know"
 
2014-01-01 05:19:24 PM  

Phil Clinton: 1.  Login to Facebook account
2.  Permanently delete Facebook account
3.  No more Facebook activity


Amazingly enough, this worked for me.

/twice
 
2014-01-01 05:23:22 PM  
Phil Clinton: 1.  Login to Facebook account
2.  Permanently delete Facebook account
3.  No more Facebook activity


I did this a few months back, and haven't missed it one bit. Ever since they made you so you had to be searchable and your profile public, I was outta there.
 
2014-01-01 05:32:35 PM  

LittleSmitty: Or, you could just refrain from posting stupid shiat on Facebook. I use it to connect with people I haven't seen for a while or lost track of. No pictures, used minimum info required to open account. My use consists of "Hey, here is my email, drop me a line."

Not getting caught up in that online mess


Yeah, if you can't handle Facebook you're either stupid, overly sensitive, have mental problems, or are trying to prove you're somehow special and better than the lame mainstream sheeple that you require to feel superior.

"Facebook friends aren't real friends and if I wanted to talk to my actual friends I walk over to their house and see them in person because phones and cars are also artificial constraints that ruin my emotional connection to other humans."
 
2014-01-01 05:40:20 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Yeah, if you can't handle Facebook you're either stupid, overly sensitive, have mental problems, or are trying to prove you're somehow special and better than the lame mainstream sheeple that you require to feel superior.


Or you find it a waste of time.

/but as long as you feel superior to all those that don't use it, all is well, right?
 
2014-01-01 06:05:16 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: LittleSmitty: Or, you could just refrain from posting stupid shiat on Facebook. I use it to connect with people I haven't seen for a while or lost track of. No pictures, used minimum info required to open account. My use consists of "Hey, here is my email, drop me a line."

Not getting caught up in that online mess

Yeah, if you can't handle Facebook you're either stupid, overly sensitive, have mental problems, or are trying to prove you're somehow special and better than the lame mainstream sheeple that you require to feel superior.

"Facebook friends aren't real friends and if I wanted to talk to my actual friends I walk over to their house and see them in person because phones and cars are also artificial constraints that ruin my emotional connection to other humans."


No, I wish to avoid the stupid, overly sensitive folks with mental problems that feel they are somehow special or superior and wish to convince the rest of their idiot Facebook friends as such.

You know, people like, well, you.
 
2014-01-01 06:45:59 PM  
I had a high school friend liking all the porn he watched. It was pretty good stuff.
 
2014-01-01 07:03:34 PM  
...meanwhile, I've got several friends who have two FB accounts because they forgot their passwords to their first one.  And a few more that have two just to horde Zynga, King, and casino shiat.
 
2014-01-01 07:04:11 PM  

IlGreven: ...meanwhile, I've got several friends who have two FB accounts because they forgot their passwords to their first one.  And a few more that have two just to horde Zynga, King, and casino shiat.


Or hoard. I'm not a homophobe.
 
2014-01-01 07:29:52 PM  

Devo: I had a high school friend liking all the porn he watched. It was pretty good stuff.


A guy I worked with joined groups to find sex in my city/slut finders etc. Activity for those types of things would show up in my news feed quite often. He eventually deleted his Facebook.
 
2014-01-01 08:39:35 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Facebook friends aren't real friends


I don't get that. My friends from real life are on Facebook. We talk about the same shiat on Facebook that we talk about in real life.
It's just a hell of a lot more convenient, because who has time to get together these days? And it's outright impossible to get more than 2 or 3 couples together.
 
2014-01-01 10:20:17 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Yeah, if you can't handle Facebook you're either stupid, overly sensitive, have mental problems, or are trying to prove you're somehow special and better than the lame mainstream sheeple that you require to feel superior.


To be fair, you just described me.
 
2014-01-01 10:48:28 PM  

LittleSmitty: Or, you could just refrain from posting stupid shiat on Facebook. I use it to connect with people I haven't seen for a while or lost track of. No pictures, used minimum info required to open account. My use consists of "Hey, here is my email, drop me a line."

Not getting caught up in that online mess


So do I, but after they started this whole "We're going to start auto-playing video ads in your timeline" bullshiat, I'm dropping that shiat like I did with my prom date my Junior year. Fark that crap, these "suggested posts" are bad enough, but autoplay video is absolute garbage. You know what's worse than those "Suggested Posts" right now? My friends who decided to 'like' and 'share' a crappy ad from WalMart, giving these people clicks and money.

Facebook definitely isn't worth the effort, it's gotten me in touch with people that I had fallen out of touch with, but it's like they paid people to develop half the software and then gave up.
 
2014-01-02 12:42:49 AM  
"The real lesson I learned from this exercise is how difficult it is to manage one's online persona. I had it pretty easy: I was willing to delete everything. "

Better plan: Be very careful about what you put online to start with, particularly if you have an uncommon name.
 
2014-01-02 01:32:50 AM  
spacebison.com
 
2014-01-02 05:14:42 AM  

Sim Tree: A professional, paid Slate writer should really know the difference between the words prosperity and posterity.

'do facebook posts need to be around for prosperity?' Sheesh.

Professional and Slate used in the same sentence made me do a spit take. That is the funniest comment of 2014 so far.

 
2014-01-02 08:33:19 AM  
If only message boards wiped their history every five years or so. I've said some stupid shiat on fark, but I've said monumentally stupid shiat on other boards years ago. Stuff I occasionally remember that forces me to cut myself in shame.
 
2014-01-02 08:46:47 AM  
FTA: Sure, some links and videos are worth revisiting-but does anyone really care that I was tired on that Monday in 2008?

Pretty sure nobody really cared back in 2008 when you posted it.  It's ceaseless, mundane crap like that which got some of my family on the Ignore list.
 
2014-01-02 10:24:00 AM  

mikelepage: Professional and Slate Stale


Fixed.
 
2014-01-02 12:41:42 PM  
Wasn't there an article a couple years ago that said if you really want to instantly and irrevocably remove your Facebook account, just change your profile photo to a penis, and BAM, instant unperson.
 
2014-01-02 11:12:26 PM  

Buckaroo Beeblebrox: Wasn't there an article a couple years ago that said if you really want to instantly and irrevocably remove your Facebook account, just change your profile photo to a penis, and BAM, instant unperson.


It should be the official way to show displeasure at facebook and leave.
 
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