Deleting accounts you’ve created on Facebook, Google, and elsewhere on the Web isn’t always easy. Here are detailed instructions for leaving 30 of the most popular online services.
The words “I wish I could quit you” take on a whole new meaning when you want out of a relationship with an online service. Sure, you once thought you would be together forever, but eventually terms of service change, end-user license agreements mature, and, well, you’re just not in the same place anymore.
Sadly, not all websites and social networks are created equal when it comes to breaking up. With some, it takes only a couple of clicks to say good-bye, and for a few sites, if you stop paying for service, the site cut ties fairly quickly. Others make you jump through more hoops than a tiger at the circus. Even after you follow all of the required steps, some of these sites never quite separate from you, but keep vestiges of your relationship around forever.
No matter what you call it—deleting, canceling, removing, whatever—when you want to be rid of an online account, you’ll find most sites don’t feel obliged to make it too easy for you. After all, you don’t want to rush into a break up. But if you’re ready, we’ve cut to the chase as much as possible to give you the links, tips, and, in the most extreme cases, the phone numbers you need to sever ties.