Now that I’m on the job hunt, I’ve decided to clean up my digital image a bit. That includes untagging shwasty photos and deleting incriminating comments. Even though profiles are set to private, it’s common knowledge that employers have the ability to look at whoever’s social networking page they wish.
After having my Myspace page open for about 15 minutes trying to delete photos and almost getting a virus, I decided: to hell with Myspace. After all, who wants season passes to the abandoned amusement park of the Internet anyway?
If you have access to your e-mail address that you created your Myspace with, it’s as easy as logging in, going to account settings and hitting “cancel account.” Myspace will send you a confirmation e-mail, you enter in the confirmation code and *poof* it’s gone.
For many of us it’s not that easy.
A lot of people I know can’t delete their Myspace pages because they don’t have access to their old e-mail accounts that they initially started their Myspaces with. I was in the same boat up until yesterday. With the help of Bob Rankin and this guide you should have that pesky Myspace account deleted by the next business day.
1. Without access to the e-mail address you initially created your Myspace with, you have to prove you are the rightful owner of the account. You do this by creating a “Salute.”
2. A Salute is an image of yourself holding a handwritten sign that says “Myspace.com” and your FriendID on it. Your FriendID is whatever comes after the http://www.myspace.com/ in the URL when viewing your profile. My salute looks like this:
3. After taking the Salute photo, you must upload it to your blog, Web site, or photo hosting site like Photobucket. In other words, you must have a link to this photo.
4. Then, contact Myspace using this form. Paste in the link to the Salute image and explain why you want to delete your Myspace account and by the next business day, it should be gone.
5. You’ll know it’s gone when you try to log in and you see this sweet, sweet page: