'How Do I Delete My Facebook Account?' Query Soars In Popularity (PICTURE)
Facebook's latest round of changes has triggered a backlash from users, many of whom fear the site is now sharing too much of their personal information with too many.
In response, many are taking to Google to figure out how to permanently delete their Facebook accounts.
As ReadWriteWeb pointed out, "Google Suggest, the drop-down box that offers suggested search query completions based on recent upticks of popularity, now guesses that if you start typing 'How do I...' that you'd like to know how to quit Facebook." (see screenshot below)
Googling "How do I delete my Facebook account?" also returns a host of related searches at the bottom of the results page, suggesting a number of other, similar how-do-I-quit-Facebook searches have been performed:
Google Insights for Search, which tracks the popularity of search queries over time, shows a steady increase in searches for the phrase through 2009 and 2010.
Talk of quitting Facebook has escalated in recent weeks. Gizmodo has published a series of posts explaining why users should get off Facebook, and Business Insider reported that Peter Rojas (co-founder of Gdgt and Engadget) and Google's Matt Cuts both deleted their Facebook accounts.
So how do you leave Facebook? As ReadWriteWeb notes, there is an unofficial Facebook group called "How to permanently delete your Facebook account" with step-by-step instructions. In short, you should go to http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account, click submit, then wait two weeks for your account to be deactivated. Logging in to Facebook before the two weeks are up will void the deletion request.
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If you want to stay on Facebook but are concerned about what information you're sharing, check out our two-minute, must-see guide on how to protect your privacy on Facebook.
Want to know more about Google Suggest? Check out more of the craziest Google Suggests here