• http://twitter.com/tuf tuf

    Warning, there is a broken inside this article:
    “delete facebook account” link to local file

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Thanks, got it fixed!

  • http://www.planetc1.com/ chiropractic

    If you go as far to type “How do I delete” there’s facebook, myspace, yahoo, and even gmail on the list. Wonder if there’s similar stats for twitter and unfollowing or disabling ones account.

  • http://www.ea.com davidfricks

    If you look at the Google Trends report for [facebook] you will see a similar curve that’s slightly less steep. I’m thinking that the increase in the number of searches for [delete facebook account] is primarily due to facebook’s growing popularity over the past year, and only partially due to the privacy backlash.

  • http://bernardmoon.blogspot.com bernardmoon

    I didn’t know about this search trend, but you hear or read emails about friends and acquaintances deleting their Facebook accounts lately. But more so from those in Silicon Valley.

  • http://www.imiassociates.com bbarbeau

    What perhaps amazes me the most is how *normal* those Google suggests seem compared to a lot of the other suggested queries I’ve seen :P

    But I don’t really think the self-deletion suggestion is ironic on Bing or Yahoo, if you look at it from the perspective of improving end user experience. If someone is using Bing and Yahoo regularly as one’s default search provider, perhaps one also uses their respective email service as well. And if that user wants to delete an account, having that “how to” as a suggestion makes it easier to keep the user happy overall, even if they’re dissatisfied with the company’s email service. Perhaps making that answer easy for a user to find will be enough to have them continue using search with the company, even if they are going elsewhere for mail.

    Anyhow, I think another funny Google Trend involving Facebook is [contact facebook], which has a very similar line of regression as [delete facebook account], though the [contact facebook] trend goes back a bit farther. (Anyone who’s tried to contact Facebook directly may appreciate that you haven’t been alone in that fruitless quest.)