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Social Networking is a phenomenum which has grown at an exponential rate, making fortunes for the developers of successful formats such as Facebook and Twitter (which is valued at £19 billion, despite never making a profit!). There are people who love it and others who profess to despise it and then people who spend many hours communicating using this form of media. Recently I have had requests to know how to DELETE their accounts See and I have spent quite a bit of time trying to find my way through the sometimes obscure channels as to how to work with them or, alternatively block, edit or delete them ! So, inevitably, I have begun to create a page on the subject in the hope that other mystified people might find some help from what I have deduced !

Warning : Many people mistakenly believe that they own the rights to the photos added to social networking sites. 
39% of those polled reported believing that they own the sole rights to images posted on Facebook, and 17% think the same for Instagram. In fact, the terms and conditions for both of those sites, as well as other social media platforms, state that the companies have the right to use uploaded images to promote their services without explicitly asking the permission of the person that uploaded the photo.  Statement extracted from.

A list of Social Networking sites can be found at  You can see what a hugely diverse facility social networking has become with at least 200 sites listed, with registered subscribers varying from.

One of the popular social networking sites among the ambitious is Linkedin, where people add their professional history in the hope that it will further their career. One does not have to be seeking employment but it is a certainty that and employer will search for details about you on line and will inevitably find any Linkedin entry. Of course, Microsoft has seen this as another way to make money.  Why else would they acquire it for $26 billion ?  Microsoft announced on June 13, 2016, that it will buy LinkedIn, the professional and career social
network. Comments on the Bob Rankin site are not altogether enthusiastic about this move and, for many people, this may even be the time to 'unsubscribe'. Linked in paid millions in compensation over a case of aggressive spamming and were also one of the organisations whose database of members has been hacked., including Linked in, who suggested that people change their password.

Bob Rankin suggests other, more discrete sites for job networking such as Xing and Youjoin. He mentions Efactor for entrepreneurs pushing their ides but gives the thumbs down for Elixio. Some sites are just designed to gather salable information to marketeers

In fact ALL of the developers of the major social network programs, such as Twitter and Facebook, are sitting on fortunes, as they can make money from advertising and from charging people for extra services, such as promoting their connection. 

Whilst it may be possible to try limit your connections to friends, this is not encouraged or easy. People don't realise that their photographs are being viewed, not just by their close friends but also by friends of their friends and so on ad infinitum. And, once they are on there they will probably stay until you die (and after !)

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