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Is deactivating twitter the same as deleting?

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Deactivating your Twitter account is a simple process than can take minutes to complete or up to a few days, depending on how active you were on the network.

Deactivating a twitter account is very different from deleting it. While both actions put an end to the spam that may be overflowing your inbox, deactivation renders all of your posts inaccessible while you are still signed in. Once you log out, any tweets will be removed from the web and only available via archive services such as tweetvault.de (thank you for putting this together Max!).

Deleting a Twitter accounts makes all of its content unavailable and completely removes the account from the system permanently. This essentially erases not only recent activity but also historical information about who created an account originally or if they were ever suspended or banned by Twitter’s anti-abuse team.

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Why did I choose deactivation?

I didn’t and I don’t. For the past three years, I have been running my account ‘with teeth’ attached to it at all times, only deactivating when absolutely necessary due to a major technical hitch or real life intrusion (…or a little too much auto-following). Even though I am not going anywhere just yet, if you haven’t already noticed me becoming less active on Twitter in the coming months as well as on this site – it’s only because of these 4 reasons:

1. Deactivation of your own account is painless

To log in and out of an account using cookies (as used by Twitter) requires no action from your side whatsoever. In fact, making use of several browser extensions and applications for Twitter (like the official app) will not even allow you to log out of your own account.

I call this a painless procedure because it doesn’t require any physical action on one’s behalf, nor an in-depth knowledge of the system itself. By merely switching on and off certain settings within the browser, you can create or delete accounts without ever learning how much control over data you have at hand!

2. It’s less likely to land me in trouble with Twitter

The main selling point behind platform like Klout is that they offer businesses tools to reach a wide range of influential people, more targeted than conventional advertising channels such as Facebook and Google Adwords (Google Suggest services are also marketing channels in essence).

With the recent change in terms and conditions, it is clear that Twitter will increasingly rely on the same kind of algorithms used by Google to determine a user’s relevance to advertisers. By using Klout and other similar applications I have been continuously adding myself to ad networks which may cause me or my future employer trouble – especially if the scoring goes as far as targeting individuals with ads based on their own history. Perhaps being less visible would help keep me safe from such consequences for now?

3. It helps me think before I tweet

One of my goals this year was to become more aware of every post going out under my name (even tweets I write about someone else). Although there are many techniques you can apply to this concept (here is one on the importance of planning ahead) deactivation allows me to stop and think without taking my tweets off the web. What kind of a post should I make? Should it be funny, informative or irreverent – and how can I use humor while being serious about what I am trying to say?

4. It helps me reconnect with those around me

For all the people who knew little about social networks prior to joining Twitter last year, you have now had plenty time to get used to them and imagine your lives without Facebook or any other service. For some of you, that may also mean a much needed disconnect from constant online activity outside your personal offline life.

Being less active in certain areas of your life and leaving others completely untouched by technology isn’t just healthy, it also makes you more capable of concentrating on those aspects you are still committed to.

If I had to predict my own return date at this very moment, I would say: November 2012. As long as Twitter and Facebook allow me to maintain control over my data and personal information (which they should) – I will be back sooner or later. For now though…I am turning off the lights.

Is deactivating twitter the same as deleting?

Deactivating your Twitter account is a simple process than can take minutes to complete or up to a few days, depending on how active you were on the network.

What happens if you deactivate Twitter?

After you deactivate your Twitter account, the account is deleted from Twitter’s site. Your information is stored for 30 days before it is permanently erased, and all data associated with it will be destroyed in that time period as well.

Can you delete a Twitter account on your phone?

Deactivating your Twitter account on the website or mobile app for iPhone or Android is necessary before you can delete it. … Quick tip: If you want to do a Twitter clean-up without deleting your account, use Tweet Delete.

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