If you are one of the small but growing number of netizens who have grown weary with nagging privacy concerns while Facebooking each day, worried that the social networking giant is giving your private information away to any Tom Dick or Harry walking down the net street, app in hand, here is how to delete Facebook: carefully, slowly, and with no second thoughts.
Deleting Facebook is harder than it looks but it doesn’t have to be a headache or take very much time, just follow the right steps in the right order, untangle yourself from the tangled Facebook web and make your exit to a more private internet world where networking with your family, friends, and peers is as private or public as you want it to be (check www.posterous.com for starters.)
The first step in the process of permanently deleting your Facebook account is this: go to any website you used your Facebook credentials to create an account and log on to, and close this account. It is important that you remember and make a list of any website you logged onto with Facebook credentials, so check your email and your browsing history, go to each website, and close the account. Do not attempt to log onto the website with Facebook credentials again during the next 14 days, because if you do, your account will be reactivated and you will have to start again.
The next step in the tedious task of deleting your Facebook account is go to the Facebook account deletion page where you will need to logon, then you will be asked to enter your password a second time, then you will see a page that informs you:
“If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of that for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account deleted click “Delete My Account”
Take a deep breath, count to ten, then click the button on the left that says “Delete My Account”. If on the other hand you are like me, and can’t bear to live without this new warm and fuzzy (and nosy) Facebook social life, click the button on the right labeled “Cancel”. If you do click on “Delete My Account” you will next be presented with a page that says “You are about to permanently delete your account, “Are you sure?”. Here click “Okay” to move forward and delete your Facebook account.
The next and equally important step in deleting your Facebook account is to do nothing for the next two weeks. If you forget or have second thoughts and log onto your account again, it will be reactivated and you will need to start all over again. You should check your email after deleting your account to make sure you have received a notification that it has been deleted. If you do not see this email in your inbox or spam folder quite likely the deletion process has not started.