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How to permanently delete your Facebook account

Recent revelations about the way Facebook data has been used in the past, might make you think again about your happy, innocent use of the social media giant. The increasing understanding that we don’t quite get everything that happens to our personal data means that many are feeling increasingly uneasy about it.

At the very least: Don’t do quizzes on Facebook.

But if you want to get off Facebook, what do you do? Because it’s not exactly intuitive…

How to deactivate your Facebook account:

Doing it this way, means you can return to Facebook when you want, if you can’t cure your addiction to it.

So take the following steps:

  1. Click the downward arrow at the top right of any Facebook page
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Click “Security” in the left column
  4. Choose “Deactivate your account”, then follow the steps to confirm

If you deactivate your account your profile won’t be visible to other people on Facebook and you’ll be hidden from Facebook search, but some information, such as messages you sent to friends, may still be visible to others.

You can reactivate your account at any time by logging in with your email and password. Your profile will be restored in its entirety.

How to permanently delete your account

If you really want to go, you can request to have your account permanently deleted. But once this has happened, it won’t be possible to reactivate your account or retrieve anything you’ve shared on your profile.

So before you take this step, you may want to download a copy of your information from Facebook:

  1. Click the downward arrow at the top right of any Facebook page
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Click on the link at the bottom of the main menu that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”.

Then you need to go to https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account, click on “Delete my account”, then follow the steps to confirm.

It can take up to 90 days for Facebook to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems, but while this is happening, it is inaccessible to other people using the social network.

And remember that some of the things you do on Facebook aren’t stored in your personal account. A message to a friend, for example, will remain even after you delete your account, so you will need to contact the recipients of you want that removed too.


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Two ways to make your friends more interesting on Facebook

Going to Facebook can be a demoralising experience. Who are these people? Why are they posting such nonsense?
The sad fact is, they are your friends and they put that stuff there because they think people, including you, will like it.
But while it may be too late to change your friends, you can at least filter them on Facebook and make your newsfeed seem like the Alonquin round table. Possibly.
Don’t unfriend, just unfollow
Unfriending someone on Facebook is a deliberate act. So many people see it as an aggressive act.
But if those people are annoying you, clogging up your timeline with unlikely friendships between goats and kitten, and the seventeen things you didn’t know about Arkansas, then they have to go. But at least you can do it without causing offence.
Simply unfollow them instead of unfriending them. This stops all of their twaddle from appearing on your wall, while still offering you the opportunity to peek into their lives as and when you want.
All you do is hit the ‘Following’ button on the pages of your Facebook squad. You’ll see options to unfollow them as well as ‘See First’. Reserve ‘See First’ for people who you want to hear from as often as possible, not the people who are making you despair – for them, simply tap unfollow option. Done.
Start to rank your friends
When all those ‘uplifting’ quotes and You need to add some editorial rigour to your newsfeed.
One way is to to give Facebook’s feed algorithms a jolt, by labelling your contacts as ‘close friends’ and ‘acquaintances’ –  just look at the ‘Friends’ tab and you’ll see a drop-down box next to each of your followers’ entries, and right there you can label them with one of those two key tags. The updates from your close friends will appear on your news feed, diluting the lamentable drivel from your ‘acquaintances’. So, assuming your friends’ updates are of a higher quality, then so is your newsfeed.
Get those two done, and you’ve changed nothing, but, on Facebook at least, your world seems a whole lot brighter.

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How to deactivate or delete your Facebook account – or just hide its irritations

Facebook can get pretty tedious, very quickly. The ‘enthusiasts’ sharing the same viral videos, the same ‘inspiring’ quotes and the same fake outrage at some political pronouncement or other. It can drive the most patient of social surfers to the brink.
If that’s you, you have three choices – moderate your own feeds, deactivate or, ultimately, delete – and go and do something else with your time instead.
Try moderating first. Take out the irritating content and people, before pressing the Big Button.
Look at your friends list. How many of them do you actually know or even want to hear from? Give yourself a basic principle – ‘unfriend’ people you never speak to and wouldn’t recognise if you saw them in the street. Take out the ones you added in the day when you thought having a lot of friends was important, and fed your ego.
Remember too that you can block people (and applications) you’re not so keen on. You might also want to use the sort of utility that edits your newsfeed for you. Social Fixer, for example, lets you hide other people’s posts by keyword, author, or application/provider and can hide viral content, if you’re keen on having different conversational prompts than the rest of the world.
It may still be getting too much for you, but before you press the Big Button, consider first, the slightly safer option of deactivation. This isn’t quite so drastic – more of a flounce than a deletion.  To get it done, just log on,  go to the Settings menu and click Security in the menu on the left. This will bring up the Security Settings page. Click on the text at the bottom, where it says “Deactivate your account”.  You’ll absent yourself from Facebook, but you can still change your mind…
That may not be enough. The time may come when you want to erase your Facebook life.
Facebook will help, there’s a page for that: How do I permanently delete my account?, where they also advise you to download a copy of your Facebook data (since it’ll be lost when you delete, and you just never know…). You can do that by logging into Facebook, clicking the down arrow, and selecting Settings. Click the bottom entry that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and do the Big Delete, then log on and go to Delete my account page and, as you’d expect, choose the button that says “Delete my account”.
Once that’s done, no-one can see your Facebook information (although it may linger on Facebook servers for a while), but any messages you’ve sent to other people will remain in their accounts. Your ghost will linger.
But you will be free.

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Facebook's first family to give fortune to education, internet and learning foundation

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have announced they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week, they even got an intention bracelets for they and the baby to mark the decision they made.
The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have pledged and set up foundations to give away their fortunes to charity.
On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself, his wife, Priscilla Chan and their new daughter, Max, along with a post entitled ‘A letter to our daughter.’
In the 2,220-word letter, Zuckerberg and Chan touched on issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which aims to “advance human potential and promote equality.”
Zuckerberg, 31, and Chan said they plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares over their lifetimes to advance the initiative, which was formed as a limited liability company controlled by the two. It will begin by focusing on personalized learning, curing disease, Internet connectivity and community building.
Max Chan Zuckerberg was born early last week — though Facebook did not specify her birth date — and weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces at birth. Last month, Zuckerberg announced he would take two months of paternity leave after the birth of his daughter.
Chan and Zuckerberg have so far committed $1.6 billion to their philanthropy. They have given several donations this year, including to public schools, initiatives to bring better wireless Internet access and to San Francisco General Hospital, where Chan works as a paediatrician.
When Zuckerberg was 26, he signed the Giving Pledge, under which the world’s wealthiest individuals and families commit to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes over their lifetime or in their will.
Zuckerberg said he still plans to remain CEO of Facebook for “many, many years to come,” and Facebook said Zuckerberg is expected to be the controlling stockholder of the company for the foreseeable future. He has committed to give away up to $1 billion of Facebook stock each year for the next three years, the company said.
Zuckerberg and Chan said they will share more details when they return from their maternity and paternity leaves.

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Why you shouldn’t do those Facebook quizzes – and how to disconnect from them

If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you may have see the online quiz that creates a ‘word cloud’ from all the words you use most regularly on the platform. It has gone viral – and its a classic example of why you shouldn’t hop on those ‘harmless’ quizzes that your friends seem to have so much time to do.

Time To Ask Yourself A Simple Question

So whether you’re asked ‘what is your signature pop song’, ‘what historical figure you are’ or ‘what literary figure you most resemble’, just ask yourself why the quiz-makers have bothered.

After all, it’s not up to them to decide how you pass your time. Those tacky adverts down the side aren’t going to pay their bills.

The UK-based VPN comparison site (yes, there are such things) Comparitech looked into the information the word cloud quiz ‘needed and discovered it asks for your name, birthdate, hometown, education details, all your Likes, photos, browser, language, your IP address and even your friends list if you link it with Facebook.

That’s quite a lot to ask when creating something from your public utterances.

Many quizzes and games ask for similar amounts of seemingly superfluous information. They may also ask you to authorize the connection to the social network, to make sure you share your results in the hope that the quiz goes viral. If you don’t allow the sharing, the chances are that the quiz doesn’t function.

It’s About Control

The big issue with all this is that once you’ve handed your data over, you can’t control what is done with it, even if you never use the quiz again.

These games are simply data harvesters and, buried deep in the privacy policy you ‘sign’ when you connect, is often the permission to continue to use your data even after you disconnect from whatever tempted you in the first place. And that often means sharing your data with third parties – clicking that permission button has already allowed that.

The only safe way to deal with such things is to never use them in the first place, but you can alter what the quiz/game app can access.

How To Get Rid Of Facebook Apps

To get rid of older apps you already authorized, simply click the lock icon on the top right corner of your Facebook page and go to “See More Settings.” You can see the “Logged in with Facebook” list under the Apps section — click “x” to remove any application that you don’t trust or recognize.

There’s an element of watching a sprinting horse as you close the stable door about that approach. Abstention is your best policy – because even if you don’t worry too much about your own privacy, by sharing the app and your data, you could be making your friends more vulnerable too.

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Should social networking be taught in schools?

Although there’s plenty of evidence that Facebook is on the slide amongst the under-25s, social media is very much a common pastime amongst school children, who seem unable to put their mobiles down for fear of missing an update. While many schools get their kids to put the phones away for the school day and don’t use the gadgets for learning, the sheer scale of the social media presence in children’s lives begs the question: should schools teach their pupils how to use social media properly?

Should they learn both the benefits of social connection and information gathering, and the perils of cyber bullying and internet safety?

With some estimates suggesting that a third of 9-12 year olds have a Facebook account and with many social media channels having no lower age range at all, it can be very young children who are entering the world of the trolls.

Over a third of 9-12 year olds are believed to have their own Facebook accounts, regardless of the fact that there is a minimum age limit of 13 for the website. Children appear to be able to pick up how to use social media websites easily, often growing up as the developments happen, making it easy for them to adjust to the latest features on these networks. However, often children do not seem to notice the ways in which social media can be a danger to themselves or to others.  At this age, children may not be completely aware of the repercussions that may ensue if they were to post something offensive online. It may be useful in this case to educate youngsters on what one should and should not post online.

Many young children are unaware that something that you post online might be misconstrued by others and can often never be fully erased from internet history. Children could therefore be educated on how it is wrong to write anything on a social networking site which you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. It is too easy for young people to get carried away when they are addressing someone they can’t see or might not know personally, and they are less aware of the hurt or the offence that this could cause the recipient of the comment. Furthermore, children should be made aware that even simply ‘liking’ or re-tweeting a comment or post may implicate you in the content of the comment and makes it too easy to libel someone – a concept which children would not think of when using social media, especially if some users are as young as 9 years old. Schools may want to teach their students the potential risks that posting their indiscretions on Facebook might have upon their future applications to University or College, and even for jobs in the future.

A recent law passed in California aims to prevent these embarrassing posts from tainting one’s future by making sure that all social networks have an option to delete past posts for minors. But should students be educated about the risk of posting these comments and photos in the first place whilst they are still at school?

Social media has often been at the source of cyber bullying, especially as the bullies can often hide behind anonymity or their online alias, and subsequently feel a greater sense of power and less like they will be associated with the hurtful comments which they choose to post. The distance between users on social media sites also means that the bully will not necessarily be aware of the level of pain that they might be causing their victim. The availability of social media networks has also exacerbated the problems of bullying for some individuals, as they can no longer escape from bullying at school by simply returning to the safety of their own home. Social networks in some cases just transfer the problem to a new arena, so that the bullying can continue at all times. The dangers of social media and cyber bullying can most recently be seen in the case of 14-year old Hannah Smith, who was found hanged in her bedroom after suffering months of abuse on the controversial site ask.fm in August 2013.  

What may therefore be most useful for school children is to be taught in appropriate use of social media, and the danger of posting hurtful comments online. Schools should also be providing adequate support platforms for children who are being victimised in this manner so that they can come forward and ask for help. This form of education has already been introduced to some schools as part of their Personal Social Health Education programmes and ‘Esafety’ is already a part of the curriculum in both England and Wales, showing that there is already an attempt by schools to do more to teach students on the positives and negatives of social media and the importance of setting up privacy settings to protect themselves from potentially harmful individuals online.   

 As students often access their social media accounts while they are not at school, it could be argued that it is down to their parents to educate them in the dangers and benefits of using social media, as it is during the time when they are at home that children will choose to access these sites most. The parents are also the figures who provide the smartphones and the computers, from which their children access their social networks accounts from. Therefore, should the parents be the ones who are responsible for teaching their children the problems which might arise from social media use?

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Facebook: Is It Worth Using In Classrooms?

It’s the largest social network on the planet and all students already have an account. But is Facebook really something worth implementing into the classroom?
In a word, no. It’s not.
That’s because it’s home to your student’s digital life. They have used or are still using it to share their life with their online friends and family. Mixing in a classroom and other education-oriented activities might prove disastrous.
Basically, students don’t want to have to ‘friend’ or ‘like’ or even join a specific group on Facebook. They don’t like being told what to do. I’d recommend trying the bespoke services like Edmodo or perhaps a Moodle implementation first.
Caveat emptor.

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10 signs you are a tech-savvy teacher

You love it when you don’t know the answer to something. It gives you the opportunity to tap into the real-time learning happening on Twitter and other social networks.

You make sure to set aside time every week (or so) to participate in Twitter hashtag chats.

Let’s face it. You’re a tech-savvy teacher.

That’s the idea behind our latest visual that we had a lot of fun making. It’s a fun way to really find out just how much technology has become integrated with your life. It’s like the Borg. Only slightly less deadly.

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Becoming a tech-savvy teacher isn’t easy and it actually takes quite a long time. As you can tell from just about all the example below, they are all time-intensive. You need to spend a year or so building a professional / personal learning network (PLN) that is big enough and reliable enough to be of use at a moment’s notice. For example, if you’re running a class or conference panel on the power of Twitter … you don’t want to have zero replies to a tweet you sent out to illustrate how useful your PLN is. It’s all about taking the time to make it perfect for you. That takes time.

The below are just a few of the many signs you’re a plugged-in and connected educator. What are some of the big signs we’ve missed? Share them with us down in the comments or by mentioning @DailyGenius on Twitter. We’ll be sure to retweet, share, and use your input for future graphics!

Tech-Savvy Teacher Signs

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The printable guide that will keep you safe on social media

If you follow the tips laid out in the below guide, you’ll stay safe on social media. Simple as that. The guide is straightforward, makes sense, and contains some very basic tips for teachers, students, parents, friends, and just about everyone else.

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The tips are brief and likely difficult to follow for most of us. For example, the part about NOT engaging with a cyber-bully is tough. How do you not respond to someone who is assaulting you online? It’s tough, to say the least. That being said, perhaps this visual guide will be a good thing to do the following:

  • Print out this guide
  • Circle the most important tips that apply to you
  • Share this guide with your friends, classmates, and students
  • Make everyone think twice when they are on social media and online in general

There are a lot of ways you can learn from this guide. Lucky for you, the creators of it have come up with a few key takeaways for you. For example, the goal of this visual, according to Fuzion is to share with our kids how to:

  • Set up their personal accounts properly
  • Maintain their privacy settings
  • Connect with “friends” safely
  • Think about what they post
  • Post appropriately
  • Spot and deal with inappropriate behaviour
  • “Unfriend” and Block certain users
  • Report Bullying

Of note: the title of this guide is ‘safebook’ and obviously focuses on Facebook. However, it’s filled with tips that are useful across all of social media, not just good ol’ Facebook.

Click here for the printable PDF version

Want it in different languages? Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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10 social media mistakes you're probably making

It’s not easy being a modern citizen of the Internet. You need to know how to properly tweet, message, facebook, and stumble. That is, of course, if you’re interested in being a good user of social media. Let’s face it. You’re probably not the perfect social media user. Many of these tips below should be self-explanatory but we thought it would be useful to assemble them in an easily readable and downright fun visual guide. What’s more fun than a pantload of colors and icons of your favorite social networks? Am I right?! Which of these social media mistakes do you make? They’re all easily fixed – you lucky stiff. Just make sure you think twice before doing things on social networks and you’ll be all set. social media tips

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