Deleting a Facebook account questions our understanding of what it means to delete information - between the user and the service, the object of deletion is made out to be something rather distinct. A walk through the various deletion methods will make this evident:
I. Delete through deactivation
1. To deactivate your account, click "account" in the top right hand corner and select "account settings" from the drop down menu.
2. On the "My Account" page select "Deactivate Account".
3. You will be presented with a screen asking "Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?" Fill out the form, be sure to opt out of emails, and click "confirm".
Deactivating an account does not delete it. It puts it in a kind of suspended animation, ready for re-activation at a subsequent login. Deactivating an account brings the user to regard their account in a particular way. The object of deletion is not an account within which information is merely contained, but rather something more immediate. Friendships themselves are at stake. Deactivating is to step away from relationships. It is to leave, not only a site of memory, but the immediate presence of friends.
Friends line up at your departure: Sarah will miss you (your neighbor). Erica will miss you (your best friend). Amber will miss you (your friend in the UK). They implore you to stay. The photos are of you with them (if available). Relationships are in the foreground. This is what will be lost. You can send them a message - returning you back into relationship, back into Facebook.