I had no idea what hard work cleaning up my cyber history would be. Not only the number of accounts I have to close, but also the various forms of how to close them. Some are just as easy to leave as was opening the account. You go on your profile and find the ‘delete profile’ button right there. Others request you give notice personally (which is quite an interesting one, as I do not think they expect me to come along), yet again others have to involve their technicians. Sic!
Quite a number asks for feedback, and I find some childish pleasure in telling people that I ‘clean up my digital workplace’. Bottom line: I have been closing every online shop account except those I use regulary. Regularly meaning at least once every two months. And some requests for withdrawal are still pending, I might just delete their emails and forget they exist.
I also quit a number of networks, including Google+. The others are either paid memberships or potentially important for marketing. Evaluating them in depth is on the to do list.
For now I have already started to make use of all the free time by redecorating my flat. Like, really. Cleaning up is an oddly powerful thing, it makes you reconsider a lot and throwing away old stuff opens so much space for new …, no, not stuff. Ideas! I enjoy it. By the way, I have also rediscovered two old blog adresses with WordPress (closed the account after transferring them to this one, haha). Which makes me aware that I need to review my professional marketing strategy, but that is definitely something for another blog.
Which leaves me with Facebook. Oh, my. I don’t know whether I am brave enough.