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May 14, 2010

"How do I delete my Facebook account?"

So guess what's trending now on Google searches: "how do I delete my Facebook account?"

Facebook seems to be experience a backlash amongst its users as concerns mount over its privacy policies.

If you type into Google "How do I", one of the first suggestions that pops up is how to delete a Facebook account.

The charge seems to be led by some influential media and tech types, but I can bet you that your mom and grandmom aren't too concerned about this as an issue. Yet. They're just happy to be keeping in touch with you online.

We'll see how far this sentiment spreads online, and what concrete steps Facebook may take to reassure people that their online privacy is paramount.

Already, we've seen people freely donate to Diaspora*, an upstart Web project by four NYU students seeking to build a more privacy friendly social network.

In case you're really wondering how to permanently delete your Facebook account -- not just deactivate it -- check out this how-to guide from WikiHow. (It's amazing -- but not surprising -- that Facebook doesn't make this easier and more transparent for its users.)


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 9:44 AM | | Comments (2)
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So I did the 'How do I...' in Google, and came up with a lot of junk - LeeAnn Rimes lyrics, cache clearing, advice on weight loss and becoming an astronaut... but in 5 pages of hits, nothing having to do with FB. I'm thinking we have an urban legend here.

It comes up in the Google suggestions for me!

Check out http://deletefacebook.com

Simple account deletion instructions with a bit of irony-based humour via the Facebook 'like' button.

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Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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