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So happy to finally take the plunge and . Good riddance to a scourge of the web.

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Forgot I had an Instagram account, as I never used it, but might as well bin it so away it goes.

Now, WhatsApp, that's the big problem. That I would actually miss out on stuff. Not *much*, but a few important things. How I wish that as an Internet we'd stuck with federated messaging and XMPP.

Can I bring myself to bin Twitter too? It's broadcast-only anyway really, everything goes on mastodon.me.uk first, but this feels like a much bigger step. It was an important place for me for a long time...

@floppy I've turned off crossposting from here since purdah. What about one final tweet and leaving (but not deleting)?

@ndajz yeah, maybe thatโ€™s a good idea - at least for a trial period.

@Floppy If its about online habits, I totally get this - but if it's about data privacy, aren't WhatsApp and Facebook essentially the same thing?

@ej it's both, and yeah, I definitely see WhatsApp as a privacy concern. I really want to bin it, but I didn't really lose anything of value by getting rid of the others. WhatsApp will be harder.

@ej my current plan is to try to run a matrix homeserver to sandbox whatsapp away from everything else I do, so at least it's restricted to only what I voluntarily put through it. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

@Floppy Cool plan! (Seems to be going well so far, too, ased on subsequent toots?)

Bit tempted to do the same myself - not a WhatsApp user, but it does make social life a bit difficult when everybody else is..

D'you think Zuck would still be getting useful metadata of some sort from the WhatsApp account?

@ej yeah, it could never be a clean break, but at least it might be sandboxed away somewhere...

@Floppy I dunno, though? (Here be dragons: iffy reasoning ahead!) Zuck won't be getting location information or device metadata, and presumably message content is e2e encrypted? If so maybe that just leaves message timings and contacts metadata? If so (2), maybe that stuff would be easier to aggregate in WhatsApp clients than pull from server logs*? If so (3), maybe your data would pass him by?

* Cause it'd be offloading as much processing load and bandwidth usage as possible onto the users

@ej yeah, sandboxing it would definitely reduce the data leakage.

@Floppy This I can understand. Getting some of the vibes back by going #IndieWeb and retreating from the huge silos (some died before I had the chance, like G+).

Oddly enough even my Jabber account still exists and Pidgin logged me in to it by reading a config file from 2009 just fine ๐Ÿค“

WhatsApp was deleted the moment it became FB. No remorse here.

@floppy again, I've deleted all my posts..considering a photo of a note pointing to my pixelfed account (yet to be curated!) as a swansong

@floppy Hi James, this is interesting to me, as I'm also planning to #deletefacebook.

Somehow I have the feeling that deleting LinkedIn would be too extreme for me, though. I fear missing out on professional updates / opportunities in my network.

I would be curious to hear your thoughts on that matter!

Anyway, you can be very proud of you ๐Ÿ˜Š

@mellifluousbox I never got any value from LinkedIn, so it's a no-brainer for me to bin it really.

@Floppy Oh man, big moves there! I don't ever use it or login into LinkedIn so I'll leave it for now. But I aspire to remove it someday. I've been social spying media free for a few years now...aside from LinkedIn.

@floppy this always makes me want to play the "spot the magic word" game. Info *you've* added? So do they keep info that they generated based on algorithmic analysis of my behavior patterns or something? Info added about me by somebody else?

Oh, account is 'closed'? Does closed mean deleted?

@abbenm It's unclear, though deletion does in theory include data about you, as well as just stuff you've added. Not sure I believe it though. deletefacebook.com/

@Floppy
It takes a month to become permanent. I've never managed to find out how to get shadow profile deleted though, like when other people have uploaded your phone number. Any ideas?
@abbenm

@floppy expect to still receive emails to login, friends suggestions, etc. they do not permanently delete you.

@Floppy awesome. Wish I could do the same but family refuses to leave it

@Floppy well the problem is I wouldn't get updates about what's going on because they put their entire life on Facebook and nowhere else

@Floppy I want to so badly but I need it only to talk to my grandma ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ gotta set her up a telegram or smth

@Floppy I should, it does sound pretty simple and user friendly (she hates smartphones, she's just now figured out how to facebook) so we shall see

@Floppy just make sure that none if your devices or browser accesses FB by mistake in these 30 days as FB automatically reinitiates your account. I deleted the apps, changed the password using a browser, did not save the pwd, and then cancelled the account.

#HappyIndependenceDay

@Floppy It's better to put it on snooze. And never use it.

@savvyasaachi done that for a while and lost nothing, so time to finally clear out :)

@floppy
I suppose 30 days is how long it takes them to copy all your data into their secret archive.

@floppy Very close to doing the same myself. Long overdue.

@Floppy
Congratulations.
I nuked my Facebook account 5 years ago, when the first big privacy revelations hit the news.
I always thought it was kind of a pain in the ass to use, and I thought the privacy issues were as good a reason as any to bail.

@floppy don't forget to download your data before you delete your account! I'm planning on being able to import that into my federated social network thing at some point.

@floppy I wish I could, but right now MeWe doesn't have the legs to be the big dog yet so I need it to publicize my podcasts. Hopefully soon.

@floppy Congrats! Go ahead with WhatsAp*, Insta etc. :)

@floppy
We have established a wing of mastadon to support Bernie Sanders candidacy for President. I will be posting info here and on my reg twitter acct of a diff name.

@floppy
I found myself feeling happier* having deleted it (*after the 30 day wait)

@floppy
Nice. Getting closer. Just trying to get comfortable on the fediverse and MeWe.

@floppy I deleted mine in mid-Nov 2016. Tbf, my wife beat me to it.

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