In the ongoing saga of Kate streamlining her online life, I present “Getting off of social networks you do not remember signing up for.” Last night after receiving an email that someone “likes” a post of mine on Ello, I scratch my head wondering, “Ello? What the heck is that?” I go to the website and, although this is not a midlife crisis, I search for “myself.” I do vaguely remember signing up for an account at a brand new platform called Ello, four years ago, which in the days of social media is a long time. What could I have been thinking? How much did I post here? Exactly two times, and the likelihood of me adding a third post is, shall we say, non-existant. It’s time to say so-long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. (I do apologize for this ear worm.)
Now, there is the important step of the login to my profile, and I need my user name or email. That’s not too difficult, but the password? Hmmm…I may have hit a roadblock. I type in a few, and then a few more. Nope, nope, and nope. None of them work. For safety’s sake and protecting my privacy, I’ve changed them so many times over the years, that the only one that seems to be blocked out, is me. Thank goodness for the “forgot password” link. I click on it and within seconds receive an email with instructions on how to reset it with yet another new password. Oh well. I’m committed to getting this done. In for a penny, in for a pound and Success! I’m in.
Now that I am “in”, I find my profile, and scrolling here, there, and everywhere, I finally find the “Delete Account” button. Exciting! Yes, this is exactly what I want to do.
I press it. A screen comes up asking me:
Are You Sure?
Oh yes, I am!
We’re so sorry to see you go. Are you really sure?”
Yes! I click again, and poof—I vanish.
I find a website that has a list of social media platforms. Do any of them look familiar? I spend the rest of an hour, searching out other social media networks with my inactive accounts. Tumblr? Poof! Flickr? Poof! How liberating. DELETE is my new favorite word.
Although my life will most likely never return to what it was pre-computer, as I continue streamlining my involvement with the internet, I will survive, with more time for my beloved family, friends, creativity, writing, and general happiness. I’m heading into the kitchen now, to create and test new recipes to share with you in book three, and that makes me very happy.