How Easy is it to Get a Social Media Divorce?
Would you ever go into a marriage plotting out how easy it would be to divorce your partner-to-be? Asking them questions before procreating with them such as "who will get custody of these kids if I leave you?" I mean, if you're going into the relationship thinking about breaking up, why go into it at all?
And yet, anyone who has gone through a divorce would have loved to have had that type of information upfront: how difficult will it be to separate our lives and how difficult will the other person make cutting ties?
Now take that concept to the online world. Every day, we enter into relationships with different sites. How many of us take the time to think about how easy it will be to leave said sites once we realize that the relationship isn't working out? Who will still be able to use the content we uploaded to the site back when things were going well? Which sites will allow you to disappear forever and which will force you to remain tied to that account for the rest of your online life?
Enter Just Delete Me, a website that ranks just how easily it will be to leave a site BEFORE you make an account.
Even though all this information is usually contained in the TOS, how many people read those terms of service to see how easy it will be to one day leave? I usually only look at them to see how my information is being gathered or used while I'm active on the site.
Just Delete Me rounds up that it's impossible to leave Evernote or Netflix. Pandora and the New York Times makes you jump through email hoops to get out. And Wordpress and Wikipedia say, "you are ours FOREVER!" I have a feeling that some of the sites that are marked "easy" will be moved to a different category once they have more information, so use this site with a grain of salt.
Each site is linked to take you to the page to start the deletion process, so make it easy by logging into your account in another tab, and then clicking on the site you want to leave from Just Delete Me.
Does the ease in which you can leave a site determine whether or not you make an account in the first place? Do you think all accounts should be deletable as a rule?