Technology August 26, 2013
Want To Delete Yourself From The Internet? This Site Can Help


Deleting online accounts you've signed up for can be a painful process. Some sites require users to call customer service or jump through a bunch of hoops just to leave.

UK-based developers Robb Lewis and Ed Poole thought they'd create a website that would help people escape a little more easily.

The result is Just Delete Me, a site that offers users direct links to delete themselves from sites.

If you want to get rid of your Facebook account ahead of a major job interview, for instance, you can just visit Lewis and Poole's site, click on the link, enter your information, and your account will be no more.

Lewis told that the idea came about as a result of this Tweet:

"Later that day Ed realized he couldn't completely delete his Netflix account, their claim being he might 'want to rejoin and not lose recommendations,'" Lewis said via email.

Lewis says he and Poole are concerned about what some companies do with their users' data.

"Privacy is a concern to me and recently I have tried to avoid companies without an obvious business plan/revenue stream," he told

"Many of these companies simply sell data to advertisers and this is not something I am keen on happening."

just-delete-me-guide.jpgJust Delete Me also offers a colour-coded guide to how difficult it is to opt out of each site. Turns out some accounts cannot be deleted, according to Lewis, including Wikipedia,, and Starbucks.

It seems like a lot of people were waiting for a service like this - Just Delete Me has already proven far more popular than Lewis and Poole expected.

Lewis wrote that he thought the site would get "a couple of hundred visitors" when it went live. But in the 24 hours after the site went up, Robb received more than 3,000 visitors from over 70 different countries.

If you want to clean up your online presence, you can check out Just Delete Me right here.

And if you watched the latest season of Arrested Development, this might ring some bells (or tap some blocks) - it could be a real competitor for George Michael's amazing 'Fakeblock' app.




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