With Facebook Timeline, every status update, wall post and photo ever posted since the day you joined Facebook becomes reachable in just couple of clicks. Personally I am terrified by the idea. As much as I remembered, I never really signed up for this type of privacy, the first day I joined Facebook. Therefore I decided to do something about it. The first idea was to completely delete the Facebook account, but having into consideration that Facebook usually deactivates the account, instead of deleting it, I wanted to make sure that I have really removed (or at least hidden) most of the content that I have produced (or in other words given to Facebook for granted). I was mostly worried about Status Updates, Wall Posts, and comments that I have made to other profiles. Well apparently there is a way to delete all of that, and that is by using the Timeline feature, accompanied with a short Greasemonkey script that I generated:
The script is called Absterge (To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; to purge) and is available on the following link: http://userscripts.org/scripts/review/122073
The script is in the initial version, therefore I demand your patience. Note that, once you open the ‘Activity Log’, the script will delete every Facebook activity visible in the expanded chronological year. How to use it:
- Install Firefox (any OS on any architecture)
- Install Greasemonkey (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/)
- Download and install the Absterge script available above.
- Log in to Facebook and make sure that Facebook Timeline is available.
- Navigate to the ‘Activity Log’.
- The script will start unrolling the current expanded year triggering the ‘More Activity’ click event.
- As soon as the script finds posts / comments / status updates, those will be automatically removed, without warnings.
- In order to remove the activity of another year, just expand the year tab. The script will take care of the rest.
The current implementation is quite sloppy. It would be great if someone is in the mood to adapt the script, so it can have a nice GUI to integrate in the Activity Log of Facebook, as well as to provide feedback of the posts being removed.