It seems that I sign up to 101 online services a week. Some useful, some not. There is never a good way to know unless you actually try them out. I remember being invited to opening a Facebook account 10 minutes after receiving an invite. This was useful as I still use the account today, but there are hundreds of services I signed up to and never used since.
Web services lure us in with “Try it out for Free” offers and promises of changing our lives forever. Understandably they do not always make it easy for us to close our accounts and remove our data from their databases. Always ready to put their re-activation sales teams onto us. Finding the delete account option is sometimes cumbersome and we need to delve or into help documentation or email support.
Not any more. AccountKiller is is a service that helps you to quickly kill an online account. Just go yo their home page and type in the service you wish to remove and follow the instructions.
AccountKiller uses a colour coding system to rate each service’s “ease of use”:
On a white-listed site, it should be easy to automatically delete your account. Perhaps with a couple of clicks, using a deletion link.
A black-listed site indicates it’s probably impossible or highly difficult to get rid of your account. In some cases we hand you an email address so you can contact the site anyway. Otherwise, you may visit the site and search for contact information, and ask them for account removal.
Finally, the grey-listed sites are somewhere in between. It may cost your some irritation or effort – but it should be possible to terminate your account. This is the case when you need to send a mail to the site, send a message using a webform or even ring them.