Do You Need a Social Media Scrubbing? - Page 2
Now enter the Dr. Kevorkian for Social Media
Here’s the next logical step. Yes, you guessed it. It's a company offering services that claims to delete your social media footprint. For a fee, DeleteMe will remove your Facebook, MySpace or Friendster accounts as well as blog posts and some search results.
From DeleteMe: “You tell us what needs to be done, give us whatever information you have (for example, if you want us to delete a Facebook account, your email address and password would be helpful) and we do it. Prices depend on how complicated the task is; we have set values for some common requests, but for more unusual tasks we go on a case-by-case basis.”
They will also remove you from dozens of the people search sites like whitepages.com, spokeo.com and peoplefinders.com.
But since much content is already in the public domain, this could be limited in scope. They cannot remove information from public records or news articles, etc. So if you find it too difficult to commit social media suicide yourself they can cheerfully assist you. Amazing how free and easy it is to sign up for these networks but it seems people are willing to pay to have themselves removed.
There is also reputation.com that provides an ongoing service to manage your online reputation, sort of an online PR and privacy monitor. They have both a personal and a business service plan.
See the dots connecting?
So here are interesting niche businesses that perform useful and valuable services. Perhaps there will now evolve a whole new set of gurus that claim to be experts at cleaning up some bad judgments.
Social media “reputation managers” may be the next set of gurus. At least they won’t be claiming to be social media rock stars and bedazzling you with how many Twitter followers they have.