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JohnInKansas 10 Mar 09 - 06:23 PM
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Subject: Tech: How to UNJOIN web places
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 06:23 PM

While it's likely that most 'catters never sign up for anything that they don't plan to use forever, the problem of "how to get out of a relationship" with a website or web service does come up occasionally.

We have seen a few isolated comments about people having some "difficulties" so a recent article on how to terminate a membership/subscription might be useful - now or eventually. The article also discusses some things, not necessarily obvious, that you might want to consider when thinking about whether to close an account.

How to Delete Accounts from Any Website: PC Magazine (March 07, 2009 issue) gives instructions for:

Classmates.com
Facebook
Friendster
LinkedIn
MySpace
MyLife.com (formerly Reunion.com)
Amazon.com
Audible.com
Blockbuster Online
eBay
iTunes
Netflix
PayPal
Blogger
Twitter
Flickr
Photobucket
YouTube
AOL/AIM
Apple's MobileMe
Google
Windows Live ID
Yahoo

(See/Listen to an old report on how to cancel AOL if you don't get why instructions may be helpful. It's an old post, and things may have changed, but it will give you an idea ...)

There are some comments in the article that may be helpful for a few sites that are "linked into" other sites. Google and gmail may or may not be "linked" so that killing one kills the other. eBay buyer and seller accounts can, in some cases, be "terminated" separately. A couple of others are mentioned.

In some cases, ending a "sign-up" means that you can never "rejoin" using the same name and email address. Some sites will let you change your email address in your user info, so that you can change it to a "throwaway" address before "unjoining" if you might want to go back later with your "good address" - but then, of course you'll have to close the throwaway address after you've used it to get the job done.

The sites specifically described may be enough to give some better idea of how to attack the problem in other places.

John


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