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Leaving the web. Can it really be done?

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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:34pm

We have all at one time or another, vowed to cancel every social networking site we’re involved in.
But is it really possible to disappear from the web?
These days, we do a lot of web surfing, and probably joins way too many groups, sign up for too many websites, and order too much online.
So, what if you decided, I just want to disappear? I don’t want any more stupid invitations from Linked-in or pokes from "friends," Farmville solicitations from Facebook, or tweets from Paris Hilton? How do you uninvolved yourself from the web?
Now, you can one-stop un-shop thanks to an Englishman named Robb Lewis.
“You know, the site doesn’t actually delete information for people,” says Lewis. “But it does give you links so you can delete your account whether it’s Facebook or Skype or whatever it happens to be.”
He has put together a website called JustDelete.Me It links you to almost every website you might have joined on the World Wide Web.
For example, I’m so sick of people having stupid and uninformed political fights on my Facebook page. You don’t have to unfriend them, like they really are friends…just withdraw, disappear, refuse to play.
What may surprise you is, some things you can’t delete.
It seems every young person is on Pinterist. But if you decide you are bored or have posted something you worry about, you apparently can hide it, but never delete it.
The same is true of Netflix. You can cancel, but if you ever run for office, that list of adult Kung Fu movies you rented remains in the files forever.
Instagram, easy to delete… Go-Daddy, impossible… Yahoo, easy…YouTube…impossible.
So, one lesson here is sometimes you need to thin the heard. The other is, be careful what you join.
Again the site is justdelete.me.

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