I’ve deleted my Twitter and Plaxo accounts. If you used to follow me on those sites, you’ll just need to rely on my blog for updates instead. After trying them out for several months, I found that those services were a colossal waste of time.
Interestingly, I also tried to delete my Identi.ca account. Identi.ca is the main open-source alternative to Twitter, and it prides itself on being “free as in freedom.” Apparently, however, I’m not free to leave – there’s no way to delete an account through the regular user interface. Instead, I stripped all of the posts and profile information, and left the hollow account sitting there. I won’t be updating it.
If you’re part of the 0.01% of the population that hasn’t jumped onto the “social networking” bandwagon yet, my recommendation is: don’t bother. If you want social networking, put the computer to sleep, get off your butt, and go out somewhere to meet real people.