Deleting activity on your Facebook profile

Deleting activity on your Facebook profile

POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 11:18am

UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 12:58pm

Facebook users listen up, how much activity did you do on the social media website yesterday and the day before that and the years before that? All of that activity is available for anyone to see online, unless you want to delete it, but what does that take? We have the story of one person who started to find out and finished about two weeks later.

Jennifer Golbeck is a social media researcher and professor so she knows a thing or two about Facebook, but when she tried to cleanse her profile, she learned a thing or two more and is passing those lessons on to you.

Ms. Golbeck described her experience in a recent slate article and she answered more questions when CNN reached our to her via email.

She found out she averaged about ten activities a day, liking someone's posting, adding a comment or a status update, and she'd been doing so since 2005. That meant about 30,000 items to delete.

She went into the activity log near the top of her timeline page and went item by item. 12 hours later, she looked for another option. She says she tried a number of automated solutions, and some didn't work as well as others. In the end, she said, a process called absterge worked best for her, deleting everything, it took about an hour.

Ms. Globeck says she deleted everything, which was the easier option, but also says that if she had chosen by hand what to keep and what to get rid of, she could have spent at least 60 hours doing so.

She says she now feels freer to comment since she has a system in place to purge her activity every month or so, hoping that way, they never look stale or could be taken out of context.

The link below is to her article:

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