Did you know that it is impossible to delete your account from sites like Wikipedia, WordPress.com, Pinterest, Netflix, MyOpenID, and others?
Many companies use dark pattern techniques to make it difficult to find how to delete your account. JustDelete.me aims to be a directory of urls to enable you to easily delete your account from web services.
JustDelete.me, a startup directory by Robb Lewis, a developer currently studying Web Technologies at Portsmouth University, doesn’t delete your accounts from the sites you no longer want to have and list your data, but gives you direct links to the account removal process, and shows information on how to delete your account if you want.
Launched only a week ago, the site gained overnight popularity after a Minimal Mac mention, and is currently visited by hundreds, if not thousands, of users per hour.
Big traffic spike. Hello Turkey. pic.twitter.com/5QQz4QU0Oq
— JustDelete.me (@JustDeleteDotMe) August 26, 2013
The site’s popularity is indicative of its value for users, who are sometimes lost when they need to find how to delete accounts from networks they no longer want to use. It is also an interesting resource to bookmark, and re-visit, when you plan to open a new account on a social network, or other online service, that you are not familiar with. If you can see before you sign up how easy, or how hard, may be to delete your account, you will probably reconsider joining.
For example, JustDelete.Me lists Craigslist, EdX, Evernote, GoDaddy, Kik, Steam, Pinterest and Wikipedia, among the sites that make it impossible for you to delete your account. Skype, Spotify, Vine, Pandora, iTunes, and others are ranked as sites that require extra effort, like contacting customer-service, to delete your account. And so on.
To make it even easier for users to find information they need without having to revisit JustDelete.Me, the developer and his friend, Mike Rogers, released a Google Chrome Extension, which automatically adds a traffic light icon to your omnibar indicating the difficulty in removing an account on the website you are visiting: green indicates a simple process; yellow suggests that some extra effort is required; red means that you need to contact customer support; while black means that your account cannot be deleted.