Commit social suicide

My parents are now on Facebook. Which is cool – it’s probably the best way to share pictures of the kids with them. But the days of it being cool and edgy to engage with social networks is over. It’s just another cog in the wheel now. When your bank and great aunt joined Twitter it stopped being rad and became just about as exciting as a telephone. Not that phones aren’t exciting – but it’s more about what you do with them now that matters. Same with Twitter.

I’m not sure why I wrote the above paragraph. It was supposed to be an introduction to a story about a new service called Web 2.0 Suicide Machine that lets you use API connections to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social network services to lock yourself out of them and delete all your contacts. Commit online social hara-kiri. Pretend that my introductory paragraph gave you a compelling reason to want to do that. Which it doesn’t. – the site that hosts the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine – is the work of an Austrian-born developer named Gordan Savicic. He wasn’t breaking any rules as far as I’m concerned – but Facebook accused him of scraping information or something, and banned his application. It still works for some other services, however.

Simply visit and agree to it accessing your social networks via connect APIs, or give it your username and password for all the social networking sites you would like to destroy your profile on and it will start by changing your password, so you can’t get back in, and then it’ll delete all your contacts, while you watch. Your psycho ex-girlfriend who won’t leave you alone? Gone. That strange motherf*#ker who acts like he knows you and comments on all your pictures? Muerte.

I can imagine it being rather satisfying. But I’m not going to do it.

What would make more useful, however, is if it deleted your account completely and removed your information. Now that could be a useful service. Kind of like Google’s Data Liberation Front that helps you get personal info in and out of Google.

The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine says it can delete your stuff in under an hour whereas doing it manually would take almost ten. I’m not sure about that, but you can see it in action in the video below.

So if you’re gatvol of social networking then give the Suicide Machine a go. If it hasn’t been completely banned yet.

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