*Hey, it happens to the best of us at one time or another. We just need to disappear for a while. Not because we are bad guys or gals, just because we need to be alone. Incognito. Invisible. But with the ability of social media managing to track our every move, it seems impossible. I mean, have you ever paid attention to the “People You May Know” section on your Facebook page? Why the heck is your landlord there? How did he get there?
Hell no, I don’t want him as my friend!
Whatever your reason is for needing to disappear, Yahoo Small Business Advisor starts you off with “How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account.”
Although the iconic Mark Zuckerberg creation discourages you from deleting your Facebook account permanently, they still provide the option (not out of the goodness of their heart, they are probably legally bound to do so). But that option is something they make you dig for.
Step 1: Backup all of your data. This means all posts, videos and photos.
Click the “down arrow” in the upper right-hand corner
Go to ‘Settings’
In General Account Settings, Click ‘download a copy of all your Facebook data’, download archive.
Step 2: Deactivate your account
Click the “down arrow” in the upper right-hand corner, account settings, click security on the left menu, then click deactivate your account.
Of course they don’t want you to go, so get ready to give a reason why you’re leaving.
Now all your Facebook data will be de-indexed but will be able to be easily restored.
Step 3: Delete your Facebook account
Click on the “lock” icon in the upper right-hand corner, click the “magnifying glass” icon and then search for “delete”.
Click on the result near the bottom that says “How do I permanently delete my account.” Now scroll down till you see the “Let us know” link. Click the delete my account. Put in your password, submit captcha. Hit OK.
Here’s the link to permanently delete your Facebook account:
Here is a step-by-step video, slightly outdated, but you’ll get the gist of it: