Gathan Beaga

the social website cull

With all the building noise about Facebook and their plans to monetise everyone’s information and connections by progressive privacy invasion I finally decided to delete my profile for good. With some regret, I’ve now even deleted the page I set up for Kakarapiti, though in truth Twitter is a better place for a bird anyway.

In doing this though I started to wonder whether each of the other sites I’m signed up for actually deliver worth to me in excess of the information I’m trading away to them. A thought which lead to a wholesale purge:

  • blip.fm
  • bookarmy.com
  • boozemonkey.com.au
  • boxee.com
  • brizzly.com
  • delicious.com
  • dopplr.com (I have to say – I love these guys, it’s just I have no use for their service. They’re so classy they sent me a copy of the data I had entered into their system, such as it was. I wish all social networking sites were like this.)
  • facebook.com
  • friendfeed.com
  • goodreads.com
  • hunch.com
  • last.fm
  • orkut.com
  • rudder.com
  • secondlife.com

And then there was the services I couldn’t figure out how to delete

  • bloglines.com
  • grabawine.co.nz
  • iscrybe.com
  • rummble.com

And some I hadn’t visited for so long they died in the interim:

  • dreamledger.com
  • engagd.com
  • gleamd.com
  • iyomu.com
  • muxtape.com

As well as the inevitable sites I couldn’t get into to delete my account (must have another go at it):

  • odeo.com
  • pmog.com

You know what? That feels a whole heap better. I think this sort of review is something that might need repeated on a six-monthly basis…

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