Exfoliate: The Android app that keeps Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg awake at night

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The unfortunate truth of today’s world is that many of you are job hunting. Potential employers, looking to hire someone who doesn’t spend Friday to Sunday double fisting drinks at seedy underground clubs, are increasingly opting to do some online research about their potential hires. This made Michael Devine uneasy, so much so that he used his programming skills to write a $3 Android app called Exfoliate. Once enabled you can set it to delete your Facebook wall posts, likes, comments, even posts you’ve left on friend’s walls, that are older than a user specified time period. The person you are now is likely not the person you were 2 or 3 years ago, yet Facebook knows exactly what you were up to back then. Run Exfoliate, and Facebook no longer has that data. Devine says:

“When you really think about it, it becomes clear that there’s actually no reason to leave anything (on Facebook) after a certain point in time because no one sees it or they rarely see it. It just sits there waiting for someone to see it out of context and then it can cause you trouble.”

Now if you’re Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, then Exfoliate is an absolute nightmare. Facebook depends on you clicking everything you like and blurting out all of your random thoughts so that they can better serve you advertising. Delete your digital trail, and Facebook’s profile of you that they sell to advertisers becomes incomplete. Two months ago Facebook even showed off a future redesign of the service where your wall becomes a “Timeline” of everything you’ve done since birth. Exfoliate is the antithesis of Timeline, which we can imagine will make some of you extremely happy.

Expect an iPhone version to come out in a few weeks, though we really wish this app would become an online service that you have to just setup once and then it runs automatically every week or so.

[Download Exfoliate from the Android Market]

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottDaMan Scott Buehler

    Is there a desktop equivalent of this? Great idea, but I don’t think my phone needs to be the one that does the work here…

    • http://twitter.com/pwolfinger Pete Wolfinger

      Agreed. Some of us (myself included) don’t even have smartphones, why restrict the audience?

      • Anonymous

        if you are really inclined, just set up an android vm and install the app from an extracted apk and run it from there

        • Mythichaos91

          anybody has the apk file?

          • jk123

            Hey did you ever find an answer to this question?

      • thinkaboutit

        When was the last time you paid for a web app?

    • Annabach7

       I cannot find this app anywhere. It seems to have disappeared. Is it no longer available??

  • Tim

    To think that a comment/wall post/ANYTHING you give Facebook is actually deleted by them, instead of just being shunted into an “internal/advertisers only” storage bin is dangerously naive.

    While this app certainly can be helpful in maintaining your externally facing profile, this does nothing to stop facebook from using that data to feed it’s own tools and reports it sends to advertising agencies. Zuckerberg is probably smiling at the fact that this gives his company exclusive acess to that data once it’s deleted.

  • http://www.internethappens.com Internet Happens

    I deleted every single one of my wall posts over a year ago. Then one day this year, after a fresh system install on my computer, I logged in to Facebook and ALL the posts were back on my profile. Facebook does NOT delete your data. You may not see it, at least temporarily, but what you do on Facebook is eternal.

  • http://www.internethappens.com Internet Happens

    I deleted every single one of my wall posts over a year ago. Then one day this year, after a fresh system install on my computer, I logged in to Facebook and ALL the posts were back on my profile. Facebook does NOT delete your data. You may not see it, at least temporarily, but what you do on Facebook is eternal.

    • Mike

      If done by hand (it takes days just to do your own wall by hand), Facebook will sometimes present “No More Posts”. Then, log in again, and you’ll see posts. For this reason, Exfoliate does a two-pass process, using two distinct methods, across your wall to remove content. This gives you much better assurance of actual deletion. Also, you can run Exfoliate as many times as you want to find and delete information that Facebook failed to make available to the app for deletion on a prior pass. Further, be sure to contact your elected federal representative about nay failure of Facebook to honor your right to delete your own content. 

  • Christoph Wagner

    A paid scam app? So I take it intomobile is some shady site that publishes paid for advertorials. Or their writers hate reasearch.

    Just in case you didn’t know, this app doesn’t delete anything because it can’t without hacking in Facebooks server infrastructure. 

    • John

      U sir are a fool! Of course it wont delete off FB servers but, you or anyone else wont see it! DUH!!

      • Christoph Wagner

        So maybe they should have written a different article?

      • Christoph Wagner

        So maybe they should have written a different article?

      • Christoph Wagner

        So maybe they should have written a different article?

        • Mike

          Facebook presents through the website and through the API the operations “delete” and “remove”, and Exfoliate uses these. If these operations don;t actually delete content, then Facebook is committing the fraud here.

  • http://bluestacks.com/talking-tom/ Talking Tom Cat For PC

    Is this really a true or it is a scam thing?

  • Peter Kootsookos

    The link to the Android market is broken… perhaps someone was ‘booked?

    • Hakonthompson

      It’s been fixed.

  • Asdasd

    Works great!!! a little bit slow, it has been running for over an hour, but that’s because it goes through every friend and his timeline searching your posts… (so it seems)

  • AGREDER

    pleeeeeease make this for ipad or computer!!!

  • Carla

    Where’d it go??? Download link doesn’t work.

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