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Just Delete Me helps you painlessly wipe out all your Web accounts
Except for Netflix, which is forever.
Signing up for Web services can feel like joining the mob: Once you’re in, you’re in for life.
Deleting your account puts you through a multi-step process, sometimes involving an awkward conversation with customer service, and it doesn’t always stop a company from retaining your data in case you ever come crawling back. (I’m looking at you, Facebook.)
Fortunately, U.K. developer Robb Lewis has created a less painful way out. It’s called Just Delete Me.
With the click of a button, you can find the fastest way to quit Skype, Facebook, Google, or even the dreaded Klout. And you won’t even have to go into witness protection.
Lewis built the site after seeing a few tweets about Skype’s inconvenient account removal process, and he assumed it would get “a few hundred visitors.”
It did. And then some. More than 3,000 fed-up Web users visited Just Delete Me in its first 24 hours of operation. The site now lists more than 90 Web services, color-coded based on how hard they make it to remove your account.
Even Just Delete Me can’t help you vanish from the Internet entirely, though—your shameful Netflix viewing history is forever.
Photo by pleeker/Flickr
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.