Private: Unsubscribe

Ben Hammersley tries to extricate himself from various social sites he’s joined on the Internet:

In my current unsubscribing frenzy, I’ve started trying to leave all of the social networking sites I’ve joined in this past year….

This new need to be able to leave things may become quite an issue in the near future. As a journalist, I’ve set up trial accounts on all sorts of sites, blogging tools, online services and email lists – most of which remain unused after the first few days. I now find myself wanting to control my digital reach – I want to disappear from these sites, and in many cases it’s proving very difficult indeed. When digital identities become more solid, when single sign-on systems are further introduced, will there be a way to leave them?….

(Via Susan Mernit.)