I originally stated in my opt-out post that I was going to delete my social media profiles on July 1. The point for leaving my accounts active for a couple of weeks was to allow friends to capture my contact information. The more I thought about it, though, most of my friends have my contact info. I shot messages to a few people I wanted to make sure had my contact info. I figure everyone who don’t can find me online. I am not that hard to find.
With that out of the way, I got down to the business of closing accounts. I started yesterday with Last.fm, Spotify, Rdio, Google+ on my Google Apps email. Today, I followed through with the biggies.
Interestingly, when I did my social media sabbatical in 2010, only Facebook would allow you to deactivate, but not fully delete your account. Twitter has now jumped on board with the deactivation-before-deletion waiting period. My Facebook will officially be deleted in 14 days. Twitter makes you wait 30 days before your account is deleted. I understand why there’s a delay. Sometimes people make rash decisions, and the waiting period is a safety net. As for me…I just feel lighter having initiated the process.
As discussed in the opt-out post, I plan to keep my Google+ account active on my Gmail address. I have, however, going to take everyone out of my Circles except family members. I will no longer post anything publicly.
On a nerdy aside — It’s kind of cool to watch the animation when you delete a Circle. It drops down and rolls out of sight. Bye Bye.