Some people get in to Facebook, but can’t get out. It’s a problem of those breadcrumbs that get dropped on servers through all your Internet activities.
On Facebook, leaving is hard to do, 11 February 2008, The International Herald Tribune
Some users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off another round of concern over the popular social network’s use of personal data.
While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, many users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network.
Well, I have a solution for that. Change your account information to say that you’re a homeschooler under the age of 18.
Does Facebook Discriminate Against Homeschoolers?, 11 February 2008, The Washington Post
But the fascination soon turned to angst when McKinney was sent a warning from Facebook stating that unless a member of his school network verified his account, it would be terminated. “Network verification is one of the best ways to ensure that our site remains safe from abuse,” a Facebook spokesperson said via e-mail. Any home schooler who doesn’t have an email address with a school domain cannot join at this time. But few if any homeschools have their own domain name.
As for McKinney, his account was terminated.
I imagine a problem with my plan is that you don’t know if Facebook vaporizes your account, or just kind of erases it from public view.
Breadcrumbs. Everything you do leaves breadcrumbs.
posted by Valerie