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New Year's Resolution: How to make a new start by deleting all of your Facebook posts

Steven Max Patterson | Dec. 23, 2015
A new Chrome browser extension deletes all your Facebook posts. Start the new year by saving yourself from yourself.

A New Year's resolution to change Facebook posting habits is worth considering for most people. That trail of the ups and downs of the past year could hold an unpleasant surprise that could be socially or professionally limiting.

Some people pay for careless posts

The movie Minority Report predicted a future in which people are arrested and convicted for future crimes they are predicted to commit. Mark Cuban once elevated this as a possible consequence of social media postings in a video for According to Cuban, social media content will be collected and your psychological profile analyzed for uses stretching way beyond advertising. In his very dark scenario, Cuban predicts that image recognition will alert individuals and enterprises that you are approaching, including a characterization compiled from your psychological profile generated from social media posts.

Since Cuban was hyping some auto-vanishing messaging services in which he had invested, perhaps his Orwellian future should be taken with a grain of salt. But there are plenty of anecdotal stories about people whose lives have been ruined or jobs lost because of careless Facebook posts. Lindsey Stone, for example, posted a picture of herself at the Arlington National Cemetery that many considered disrespectful. She lost her job after a Facebook page demanding she be fired received 19,000 likes, according to the Daily Mail. Ravindu Thilakawardhana was studying medicine at the University of Leicestershire until he responded to an offensive Facebook post with a threatening quote by Liam Neeson, including a photo of the actor. A university disciplinary panel expelled him after deciding he was unfit to practice medicine, according to the Leicester Mercury. His dismissal was upheld by a judge.

Temptations are too great to follow social media experts' advice

There's a lot of expert advice about what should and shouldn't be posted to Facebook. Few heed it. It's too hard not to when every type of media from the respected New York Times to pornography sites and everything in between have share buttons, and every app on smartphones, most notably the incriminating camera, have an easy share dialog.

Many users post three to five updates per day, when annotated photos and videos, news stories, and comments are taken together. That's 1,000 to to 1,700 posts per year. Finding the potentially offending post in the activity log is tediously time-consuming. And most of the history is stale, boring, and begging to be deleted. It's more efficient to delete all of the posts at once, but how? Facebook doesn't have that feature, short of deleting your account.

How to delete all your Facebook posts

Facebook developer Khalil Shreateh built a Chrome Browser extension called Facebook Time Line Cleaner to expunge all the posts from a news feed. Here's how:

  • Install the Chrome Browser, if it's not already installed.
  • Installed Facebook Time Line Cleaner in the Browser.
  • Open Facebook in the Chrome browser and click on the Facebook Time Line Cleaner icon in the upper right corner of your browser.


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