How To Disappear From Facebook and Twitter

Need to disappear from Facebook or Twitter? Now you can scrub yourself from the Internet with Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, a nifty service that purges your online presence from these all-consuming social networks. Since its Dec. 19 launch, Suicide Machine has assisted more than 1,000 virtual deaths, severing more than 80,500 friendships on Facebook and removing some 276,000 tweets from Twitter.

Once you hand over your log-in details and click Commit, the program will methodically delete your info — Twitter tweets, MySpace contacts, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections — much like users could do manually. What remains is a brittle cyberskeleton: a profile with no data. Users seem to love it. Testimonials range from joyous farewells (“Goodbye, cruel world!”) to good-riddance denouements (“Thank you, microblogging. You are, in fact, totally useless”). Suicide Machine is so popular that thousands of people are waiting their turn for their own cyberoffing. “Our server is so busy handling the requests,” says Suicide Machine co-creator Walter Langelaar.

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