DeleteMe: A Delete Button for Your Sordid Internet Past

A new service promises to find and destroy your old online accounts, embarrassing pictures, even search results. For a price, of course.


Considering many of us can't even remember our Friendster passwords anymore, DeleteMe is promising a lot for as little as $10.

DeleteMe is a service that can help you delete accounts, search results, and other things you don't want online. Just tell us what you want removed and we'll get started.


More complicated internet histories do cost a bit more to scrub—pricing is a la carte: $10 per account deleted, $50 to remove a search result. Those are the two most popular services so far according to the

Abine, the internet privacy company behind DeleteMe. "We expect our upcoming "Find My Old Accounts" service to be quite popular. There's already a waiting list," says Claire Yancy of Abine.

It's all real people doing the work, not automated search-and-destroy bots, she points out. You can hire someone to delete your old account on any site from AOL to Zwinky, remove individual blog posts about you, even erase undesirable search results.

Certainly not everyone can get everything they don't like about them washed off the internet. But still, this kind of service restores some of the privacy balance of power back to the consumer. And if DeleteMe doesn't get your embarrassing college party pics taken down in 30 days, you get your money back.

Right now, websites have all the incentive in the world to make complicated privacy policies and convoluted processes for removing content. Even if it takes Facebook 100 hours of coding time to come up with their cockamamy system of account deletion, it is worth it because that discourages millions of people from bothering to cancel the service.

Services like DeleteMe create experts in navigating the potentially time consuming process of removing online content. Since DeleteMe employees do it every day, they can do it a lot faster than you can. They're also familiar with the privacy policies of all the major websites and can cite the terms and conditions back to companies—in legal terms if they have to—or just send aggressive emails and faxes if sites respond sluggishly to rightful requests to remove private information.

While the government drags its feet on new "do not track" regulations to put privacy rights in the hands of consumers, services like DeleteMe are a good start to push back against lazy companies that profit off our our private data.

Via Fast Company.

via Alan Levine / Flickr

The World Health Organization is hoping to drive down the cost of insulin by encouraging more generic drug makers to enter the market.

The organization hopes that by increasing competition for insulin, drug manufacturers will be forced to lower their prices.

Currently, only three companies dominate the world insulin market, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. Over the past three decades they've worked to drastically increase the price of the drug, leading to an insulin availability crisis in some places.

In the United States, the price of insulin has increased from $35 a vial to $275 over the past two decades.

Keep Reading Show less

Oh, irony. You are having quite a day.

The Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is currently experiencing historic flooding. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has stated that the flooding is a direct result of climate change, with the tide measuring the highest level in 50 years. The city (which is actually a collection of 100 islands in a lagoon—hence its famous canal streets), is no stranger to regular flooding, but is currently on the brink of declaring a state of emergency as waters refuse to recede.

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet

Since the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, whale populations have been steadily recovering. However, whales in the wild still face other dangers. In the summer of 2018, four Russian companies that supply aquariums with marine animals captured almost 100 beluga whales and killer whales (aka orcas). After a public outcry, those whales are swimming free as the last of the captive whales have been released, the first time this many captured whales have been released back into the wild.

In late 2018 and early 2019, a drone captured footage of 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales crammed into holding pens in the Srednyaya Bay. The so-called "whale jail" made headlines, and authorities began to investigate their potentially illegal capture.

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet
via Twitter / Bye,Bye Harley Davidson

The NRA likes to diminish the role that guns play in fatal shootings by saying, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

Which is the same logic as, "Hammers don't build roofs, people build roofs." No duh. But it'd be nearly impossible to build a roof without a hammer.

So, shouldn't the people who manufacture guns share some responsibility when they are used for the purpose they're made: killing people? Especially when the manufacturers market the weapon for that exact purpose?

Keep Reading Show less
via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The 2020 election is a year away, but Donald Trump has some serious ground to cover if he doesn't want it to be a historical blowout.

A Washington Post- ABC News poll released Tuesday shows that Trump loses by double digits to the top Democratic contenders.

Vice President Joe Biden (56%-39%); Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (54%-39%); Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (56%-39%); South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (52%-41%); and Sen. Kamala Harris of California (52%-41%) all have big leads over the president.

Keep Reading Show less