After a lot of dithering and coming up with reasons not to I have finally deactivated both my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I don't use them and just can't see myself doing so any time soon.

I had previously deleted accounts on a number of services that I had joined over the years so these were the last holdouts.

Do I worry about someone taking my name in future when it can be recycled? No. This blog and my primary email accounts ( and .blog) are the canonical representation of me on the internet and I don't need anything else.

It's been a long time coming and I'm happy that I finally summoned the mettle to do it.

  1. thomasbibby says: #
    Nice post. I just posted a similar “I’m leaving Facebook” post tonight. Feels good to be finally leaving the big services behind.
  2. vincent says: #
    Congrats Colin 👌 It was the username for me too, but came to the same conclusion that my own website is me and only me. is a nice medium too though. Really enjoying the different people I find here with similar, and different, passions.
  3. schuth says: #
    Sincere congratulations. I haven’t gotten so far as to delete my accounts (primarily because I want to avoid namespace pollution), but I wholeheartedly agree with your perspective on participation on those increasingly toxic platforms.

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