How To Delete Unwanted Online Accounts Easily

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Have you ever wanted to delete an account only to find that no matter how hard you look, you can’t find the option to do that anywhere? Me too. Isn’t it funny how it only takes a few seconds to create an account on these sites but it often takes forever to find out how to delete the account?

I guess it’s because they want us to stay forever but sometimes you just really don’t like the site or maybe you are trying to clean up your accounts (because you have so many all over the net).

Whatever the reason may be, I’m sure you’ll find that this little cheat sheet will make deleting those unwanted accounts quick, easy and painless.


There are two ways to delete your Yahoo account. The first way is to totally abandon it for at least four months. Inactive Yahoo accounts are deactivated after four months so if you’re in no rush to get rid of it, you can simply stop using it.

The other way to delete your Yahoo account is to visit the Account Termination page.

  • Log into your Yahoo account. If you’re already logged in you may have to re-enter your password just for verification purposes.
  • Click here to get to the Account Termination page.


Facebook offers two options. You can either deactivate your account or permanently delete it. Of course, the deactivation method is much easier to find than the permanent deletion option. One thing you should know is that if you deactivate your Facebook account, your profile information will still be saved such as your friends, photos, interests, etc. On the other hand, permanently deleting your account will remove all of your information from Facebook and nothing will be saved.

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To deactivate your account:

  • Hover your mouse over the Settings menu in the top right of any Facebook page and click on “Account Settings”.
  • Click on the “Deactivate Account” link at the bottom of the page.

To permanently delete your account:

  • Click on Help at the bottom of any Facebook page.
  • Search for “delete account” in the search box underneath the Help Center heading.
  • Click on the “I want to permanently delete my account” link and read the 2 paragraphs there.
  • Find out how to delete your Facebook account.

  • Click on the link at the end of the last paragraph, read what’s there and then click the “Submit” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


MySpace makes things a little bit easier, no searching needed.

  • Click on “My Account” in the top right corner of any MySpace page.
  • Click on the “Account” link.
  • Click on the “Cancel Account” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Select the reason why you want to cancel your account, and then click the “Cancel My Account” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


One thing about Ning is that even when you delete your account, the content that you’ve added to any social networks you were a part of will remain on those networks. If you don’t want your content to remain, you’ll have to delete it yourself. An easy way to do that is to simply leave each network you belong to separately before deleting your actual Ning account.

In order to leave a social network on Ning:

  • Sign into the network.
  • Click on the “My Settings” link in the top of the right hand column.
  • Click on the “Leave (Social Network Name Here)” link at the bottom of that page.

To leave the Ning network altogether you will have to contact Ning by clicking here. There is no option in the “I have a question about” menu for deleting an account so you will have to pick which one you think fits best.

Find out how to delete your Ning account.


Just like Yahoo there are two ways to delete your MSN account. You can either stop using your account for 30 days or delete it manually. After 30 days of non-use your MSN account will become inactive and after 90 days your passport will become inactive.

To manually delete your MSN account:

  • Click on the little arrow next to your name in the top right corner of any Hotmail page.
  • Click on the “View Your Account” menu option.
  • Click on the “Close Account” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Read the info, enter your password to verify your identity and then click on the “Yes” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


Note: If there are issues with Twitter, the option to delete you account will be disabled and you’ll get an alert message like the one picture below. So, hopefully Twitter is in good shape if and when you try to delete your account.

  • Click on the “Settings” link in the top right corner of any Twitter page.
  • Click on the “Delete My Account” link at the bottom left side of the page.
  • Confirm that you want to delete your account.
  • Click here for the easy route.

Find out how to delete your Twitter account.


FriendFeed is another site that makes you do a little searching before being able to delete your account.

  • Click on the “help” link at the bottom of any FriendFeed page.
  • Click on the “Using FriendFeed” header to expand it.
  • Click on the “How do I delete my account?” link which will be the last link under that section.
  • Enter your password in the first box, type the word “delete” in the next box, enter the reason why you’re deleting your account in the last box.
  • Click on the “Permanently delete my account” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


Jaiku has the account deletion option right where you’d expect it to be.

  • Click on the “Settings” link in the top right of any Jaiku page.
  • Click on the “Your Profile” link under the Account heading.
  • Click on the “Want to delete your account?” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the “Goodbye Cruel World, Goodbye” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.

If there are any other websites that we haven’t mentioned here, why don’t you tell us how to cancel an account on that site?

Image Credit : Gaudium De Lingua

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