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March 27, 2005
Unlinking from Social Networks: Part 8
I tried to quit Ryze today, a service I haven't touched in months. Becuase I have recently dropped my 'stoweboyd @ aworkingmodel.com' email address, getting into little used accounts can be a pain. Its almost funny: Ryze publishes the following on its login page: "If you are having other problems, please drop a line to loginhelp @ ryze.com thanks." And when I sent email to that email address, it bounced.
I managed to finally get all my email addresses redlined at LinkedIn, but it took a few days. At ZeroDegrees, it was more like four or five days to get my account cancelled, and they don't offer a redlining service (where you can opt out of getting new invitations to join).
I still have a few dozen to visit, like Orkut, Friendster, and I don't even know what else.
I am keeping involved in Last.fm, Flickr, and Plazes. And I will continue to investigate new sites, like Yahoo 360, as they come online: but in the future, I will opt out of them immediately, as part of my testing of their capabilities. It's like writing a good partnership agreement: be sure to structure any exit from the partnership up front, so no one is confused later on, if and when a breakup takes place.
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