It’s tedious. Signing up for a new social network – entering your username, your email, maybe the same old password, uploading that pic you keep on your desktop – writing that short bio that defines you to strangers.
But even more tedious: Digging through your email, trying to remember whether it was an email/password or username/password that you signed up with (or was it via Twitter), even remembering what all the sites were that you registered for a profile at … and deleting that profile.
Most people will never do this.
Well, most people probably don’t have the collection of social applications that I do, but once you work for a social app, you end up signing up for anything and everything to see if you can steal some tricks. But eventually your identity is scattered all around.
Ryan Block makes a great point that some profiles, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, a dormant profile will still be in your control. Other people can’t tag you like they can on Facebook or Google+ (believe me, I’ve been tagged in over 100 pics on G+, which I’m clearly not in). But regardless – even though there’s no server costs to you, to have your name and identity on all those sites, the unknown is still ahead. If it’s a site you’re not going to use, delete it. I don’t know “what might happen” although I could write a sci-fi story about the possibilities – but I do know that in my short years so far, my identity and perception of myself changes, and it’s nice to move to a new apartment, buy new boots, and throw away that old stuff – and just as much as I hate packing that extra box of stuff I don’t use, I don’t want to drag around a trail of profile links that don’t mean anything.