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silo quits are public statements by individuals announcing they have publicly quit posting on or using (at all) various silos, either with intended permanence, or temporarily (sometimes referred to as taking a "social media break").

Future silo quitters

Silo quits announced far in advance, either based on a specific future date or a particular event that does not have a specific date associated with it yet.

Tom MacWright‏

Goodreads - 2017-12-07

next indieweb goal: quit goodreads


since 2k13, it's been An Amazon Company, and kinda hides that fact in all its branding/about materials

Eddie Hinkle

Goodreads - 2017-12-08 (tweet)

[…] Goodreads is definitely a silo-quit goal for me in 2018.

Meredith L Patterson considering

Stack Overflow - 2016-02-08
Considering deleting my @StackOverflow account. Haven't wanted to login in years, and my answers are now being farmed for editing rep.
... and
[...] Sanctimonious edit spam.

Kylie Jenner

Instagram - upon having a child. 2015-12-13 Kylie Jenner Plans to Leave Instagram Once She Has a Kid

Silo quitters 2018

Vincent Ritter

Colin Walker

2018-01-08 Twitter,Facebook

    After a lot of dithering and coming up with reasons not to I have finally deactivated both my Twitter and Facebook accounts... Do I worry about someone taking my name in future when it can be recycled? No. This blog and my primary email accounts ( and .blog) are the canonical representation of me on the internet and I don't need anything else.

Silo quitters 2017

Tim Morgan

2017-12-02 quit Twitter:

Nelson Minar

2017-11-09 quit Twitter except for two subsequent tweets citing additional sources for his reasons for quitting:

2017-11-09 Nelson Minar: That's it, I'm out. Rage quitting Twitter, at least for awhile. I don't want anything to do with a company that endorses Nazis.

Bio (as of 2018-01-09):
I've quit Twitter because of management and policy. Find me on Mastodon:

Joël Franusic

2017-08-26 temporarily quit Twitter through 2017-12-31:

Mark Damon Hughes

2017-04-23 quit Twitter:

2017-04-23 Mark Damon Hughes: Mastodon: "For the last few weeks, I’ve been getting into Mastodon, and last week I closed my Twitter account." (archived)

Lindy West

2017-01-03 quit Twitter:

2017-01-03 Lindy West: I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators

Ta-Nehisi Coates

2017-01-02 quit Twitter:

2017-01-02 Ta-Nehisi Coates: Ok. So I'm gonna take the year to try my hand at this fancy book writin' stuff. See y'all in '18. Take us out, Queen...

Sherman Alexie, novelist

2017-01-01 quit Twitter:

2017-01-01 Sherman Alexie: Hey folks, I’m leaving Twitter because its negatives increasingly outweigh its positives. Thank you for the follows.

Silo quitters 2016

Om Malik

2016-12-22 Instagram (possibly others? temporary ”Holiday from Social Internet”)

    … I have decided to get off the Social Internet for the near foreseeable future.

    … Perhaps restricting myself to the blog is the right way to balance what’s important and what’s not. …

    Instead of Instagram (which Inhave [sic] shutdown for a few weeks including making it private), I will post photos in full size on my photo blog,

Marty McGuire

2016-12-15 Evernote

Colin Walker

2016-12-01 Twitter

    But, with the way 2016 has been, and things going on in my life offline, I decided to step away. So, on December 1st I stopped tweeting, uninstalled the app from my phone and took the drastic step of deleting all 13K plus of my old tweets.

Kendall Jenner

2016-11-14 Instagram

Lynn Cyrin

2016-08-16 LinkedIn

Ilya Grigorik

2016-07-28 Flickr

Tino Kremer

2016-07-18 Facebook, Twitter, Path, Google+, Flickr, Camarilla

  • I deleted all my social media accounts. Keeping everything up to date was a huge time sink. It also affected my mood as I was getting annoyed by all the crap Facebook and others put in my face while I just want to see what's happening with my friends and family. I reverted to chat, email and RL visits. I'm much happier now. I never looked back.

Joe "begriffs" Nelson

2016-05-01 Twitter

  • Deleted my twitter account and went back to the original social network. Been off Twitter for months and rarely think about it anymore. Primarily using email to talk with people now and have found we have higher quality conversations.

Tim Burks


Replacing it evidently with IndieWeb usage, next tweet in reply:

Various Milennials

2016-03-17 Twitter, Facebook

Julieanne Smolinski

2016-03-01 Twitter

  • Twitter Has Become a Park Filled With Bats and Perverts
    I’m quitting Twitter for a specific, practical reason: Because I keep getting bothered by assholes and perverts and Twitter doesn’t seem willing or able to do anything about it. I’m quitting Twitter the way you quit your favorite restaurant when it suffers an E. coli outbreak. I'm quitting Twitter for the simple fact that Twitter’s been bumming me out.

Stephen Fry

2016-02-15 Twitter

  • Too many people have peed in the pool
    It’s no big deal – as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my twitter account. I’ve ‘left’ twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room. I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad.

Silo quitters 2015

Darren Mothersele

2015-11-10: Facebook

Previous challenges:

  • I have posted before about my decision to leave Facebook. In fact, that was almost exactly 2 years ago. I tried to leave. It didn't work. Six months later I returned.

    The main reason for my return was that Facebook had become the single place where my friends organised social events. I was locked in.

    Emphasis added.


2015-11-08: Instagram

Rob Fairhead

2015-11-01: Google Photos, Evernote

Joss Whedon

Twitter Joss Whedon Calls “Horsesh*t” On Reports He Left Twitter Because Of Militant Feminists

  • 2015-05-04:
    Whedon said, is that he chose to embrace his longstanding desire post–Age of Ultron to reclaim his personal life and creative spark — and that meant saying goodbye to Twitter.
    Whedon laid out a portrait of the constant noise of Twitter and his complicated relationship to it to explain what eventually led him to leave.
    “Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict. … I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what, if I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.”

Antonio Savorelli

Facebook The Friction of Quitting

  • 2015-03-31:
    A couple of months ago I decided to quit Facebook once and for all, and stop considering it an inevitability of my digital identity. Its business strategy had always creeped me out, even before the advent of frictionless sharing, which is something bad labeled as something good. Nothing I’ve done throughout the years has ever fully succeeded in toning down the sources of creepiness, from the so-called Facebook envy to the feeling I have that even the smartest of my friends become shallow, babbling dummies the moment they open Facebook—which makes me certain that I too, in their eyes, must appear the same way, even more than my offline self does.

Dan Gillmor

Facebook (except to stay "up to date on how it works")

  • 2015-01-31:
    Please don't be insulted if I don't accept friend requests -- I'm using FB solely to make sure I'm up to date on how it works, and will be spending very little time here. So it's unlikely I'd catch up with you this way in any case.
    his last post on his Facebook profile.

Graydon Hoare

Twitter (and perhaps other "social media")

Silo quitters 2014

Geoff Nicholson


  • 2014-12-12:

    A few people have recently asked me why I left facebook. Mostly, it was because I was compulsively checking it for no real reason. Yes, I miss out on the heartwarming stories that people post, and I miss out on hearing what my friends are doing in places far and near. But I also miss out on tracking cookies, being an outlet for advertising, and siloing my data in Facebook's vaults.

    Mostly, I've decided to implement the #indieweb. This is a set Principles which I think the web is missing out on. [...]


Brad Colbow

Medium, Tumblr

Chuq Von Rospach


  • 2014-06-29: Announced he is probably leaving Facebook in one week.
  • Facebook Steps In It
    My bottom line is that I keep looking for ways to spend less time on Facebook because I get very little value for the time spent there — I’d rather put that time into more productive things. Facebook just isn’t that interesting or useful, and I’m not thrilled with their tendency to set policies that ignore the needs and interests of their users in favor of things that benefit Facebook.

Brennan Novak


  • 2014-06-06 Dear Facebook, Goodbye
    In honor of the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden's revelations and in effort to #ResetTheNet, I am leaving Facebook. I will first download all my pictures, updates, and private messages and then delete my account data.

Tyler Finck

Facebook, Instagram, Google+

  • 2014-05-06 Tyler Finck: Antisocial Networking

    Last weekend I deleted my Instagram account, my Facebook Page, and my Google+ profile. [...]

    Over the past year I’ve tweaked my website almost every month, editing code and experimenting live. I’ve also started to create content two or three times a month. This site has become the place that I’m ready to host almost everything I make. The one stop Tyler Finck shop, which sounds horrible but is the best summary of the journey that I didn’t even know I was on until very recently. [...]

    Note: I plan on keeping my Twitter account active because after six years of use I still love it. My Flickr stream will soon become private as a means of backup and my Tumblr panoramas will be rolled into Vimeo/YouTube? I’m not entirely sure what to do with them (since I utilize those sites only to serve up content). My love/hate relationship with Dribbble continues, and I’m still experimenting with Soundcloud.

Doug McKown

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr:

  • 2014-04-16 Doug McKown: Why I’m Quitting Facebook

    I’ve already deleted my Pinterest, Google+, and Tumblr account, but still have too many accounts to manage: Facebook, two Instagram accounts, and three Twitter accounts. I’m closing both Instagram accounts and my Facebook account.

    I want to own and control my content.

    [Strong emphasis in original]

Neil Gaiman

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter

Neil Gaiman is taking a ~6 month break from "social media", as announced in:

He is, however, still blogging on his own site:



  • 2014-03-31 Eat24 (company): A Breakup Letter to Facebook from Eat24:
    We’ll pack our things and be gone by 11:59pm on Monday night. Yes, you read that right. Eat24, the company that is always telling customers to Like our page, post on our wall, and ask us for coupons on Facebook… is deleting its Facebook. This is real.

Dadepo Aderemi


  • 2014-03-21 Dadepo Aderemi: Getting Personal:
    I am avoiding Facebook by all means now. I still keep using twitter though, but majorly as a source of discovery for things around my area of professional interests, and once in a while, a place to engage in ephemerial and disjointed rants. If I have something on my mind I really feel the need to share or capture, I write a coherent post instead. No, sorry: fusilade of tweets is no longer for me.

Michael Garvin


  • 2014-03-28 Michael Garvin (gar) started self-hosting project code Time for gitlab
    Of course, with github you still can own your data, git is a decentralized version control system so you have a complete copy of everything even on your local clone. The things github provides (that are also the data you do not control) are things like issues. Things that are the real ‘community’ part of your project. As my friend @baldwin said to me earlier today, “It’s interesting that github seems to have re-centralized git.”

Sebastiaan Andeweg


  • 2014-09-09 Sebastiaan Andeweg left Facebook (deactivating), after downloading the data-package they provide. Not everything seems to be in there, and it's certainly not easily parsed, but it's enough to not reactivate when in search for a memory. I did leave partly to get more time and space in my head, partly because I just did not want to have the feeling of being analysed all day.

Silo quitters 2013

Aaron Parecki

"I am no longer publishing content to my account until I can syndicate my content to their service without writing a single line of code."

Kartik Prabhu


Jamie Zawinski


Laurent Eschenauer


Douglas Rushkoff


Silo quitters 2012

Silo quitters ...

Silo quitters years ago

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