Justdelete.me Wants To Help You Pull The Plug On All Those Pesky Online Accounts

Justdelete.me Wants To Help You Pull The Plug On All Those Pesky Online Accounts
Chris Velazco
Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It's tiring, isn't it? Doing everything online, I mean. Everyday you log
into services tailor-made for shopping, searching, sharing, watching,
chatting, curating, reading, bragging - that's a lot of places to keep your
personal information, and no one could blame you if you wanted to try to
pare down on those extraneous connections. Hell, I'd like nothing better
myself sometimes.

A U.K.-based duo consisting of developer Robb Lewis and designer Ed Poole
seem to understand that desire awfully well, and they teamed up to create
what may be a truly indispensable resource. It's called Justdelete.me, and
as the name sort of implies, it's a directory of links to pages where you
can lay waste to your myriad online accounts.

It's a deceptively simple resource. You're greeted with a sizable grid that
points you to a slew of popular web services that you probably use. More
specifically, those links point you straight at the pages where you can
deactivate all those pesky accounts. or at least where you can try.
Thankfully, Lewis has done the due diligence to figure out which services
can be disconnected from painlessly and which ones require you to (ugh)
actually communicate with someone to get the job done.

A disconcerting number of sites and services fall into that latter category.
Of the ones that Lewis has added, 10 won't let you kill your account without
first talking to a customer service rep, and 4 (Netflix, Steam, Starbucks,
and WordPress) don't seem to let you delete your accounts at all. Of course,
it's in these companies' best interests to keep the account deletion process
as obtuse (one might say dark) as possible. The less progress you make on
that front, the more likely you are to say "screw it" and remain in their
clutches.

As useful as the site can be for people looking to disconnect sans
headaches, it's far from being a complete compendium. Lewis notes on his
blog that Justdelete.me is very much a work-in-progress - he'll gladly
accept suggestions for services that people think should be on the list, and
here's hoping this thing continues to pick up steam.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/23/justdelete-me-wants-to-help-you-pull-the-plug-on-all-those-pesky-online-accounts/




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