How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

Summary: While it may be an inexact science, automated tools can be used to speed up the Facebook wall deletion process. Here's a number of ways of how to do it.

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When Facebook decided it would be a great idea to infuriate most of its user base by orchestrating its most drastic profile page change to date, I along with many others took the chance to jump in at the deep end and see what all the fuss was about.

But the new Timeline will dig up some seemingly long-lost memories, and many you will wish to forget. Some will choose to delete their Facebook altogether, while others will simply leave things be, deterred by the arduous task of deleting the vast amount of data they are presented with.

I kid you not, I spent four whole days wiping my Facebook timeline clean. And I stress from the bottom of my heart: there is no easy way of doing it.

But thanks mostly to the wider community, there are a number of ways you can give it a go yourself.

(Source: ZDNet)

If you have yet to switch to the new timeline, then don't. Trust me, it will make your life far easier.

If you have, you can't go back, now that the new profile has been rolled out to the masses; unlike before which required an Open Graph application tweak to bring the timeline to life.

On with the show.

If you have not enabled the timeline yet, try the 'magic button' approach:

Thanks to clever developers on the Userscripts community, believe it or not there is a 'magic button' method of deleting Facebook wall posts and comments en masse. This method takes the least effort, and also requires the least user intervention.

By installing Greasemonkey scripts, we can modify and change how Facebook acts, and how the user interacts with the site. This is how you do it.

Windows machine is recommended, as is Firefox as your weapon of choice. While Chrome on Mac does work, considering how tricky macros can be, the software in the video set forth below does require the use of Windows.

If you are a skilled developer, or feel comfortable with using your own software, then go ahead.

If the 'magic button' approach does not work, try this:

Now we begin our venture into macro territory. Macros automate mouse clicks or keyboard presses, allowing actions to be repeated on an infinite loop. This method therefore is perfect should one be trying to delete a near infinite number of Facebook wall posts, for example.

Because how the macro is created is all but impossible to describe, this video should guide you through what you need to click, and how to set up your macro to run on an indefinite loop, until there are no more wall posts left to delete.

You need to download JitBit Macro Recorder, a free download that works perfectly for the task at hand on a 30-day unrestricted trial.

But if it does the job well, consider buying the software to say thanks.

If you have the timeline enabled, there is still hope:

Of course, the one thing here we are trying to avoid is manually clicking each and every post and hitting the delete button. That would take you days, and the tedium of doing so should come with a severe health warning.

Because the timeline's switch is fully in the 'on' position, you cannot go back. You're stuck. You can either bail now and delete your account -- as tempting as it might be -- or kick Facebook where it hurts by defiantly deleting all of your valuable personal data.

It may take you a bit longer to do, and a great deal of trial and error work, but it can be done. Here's how you can do it.

If you have better luck than me, by all means shoot your suggestions in the comments.

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  • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

    i went with the delete and re signup option. Much easier. Nice way to clean up the friends list too.
    mike2k
    • As you should know by now ..

      @mike2k ... deleting a profile WILL NOT DELETE THE ACCOUNT.

      All you did is open a new account while the data in the other still lives.
      wackoae
      • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

        @wackoae yes the data will be there for 30 days... just in case you change your mind. After 30 days the profile is deleted.
        Snarfiorix
        • How do you know?

          How do you know that, how can you guarantee that it will be removed not moved to somewhere where we cannot access or sold to some governmen organization?
          Kshitiz Rimal
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      Timeline is a lot better than The Wall. It used to be really difficult to find old content. I'm betting you hate and the author hate the Office Ribbon too? Something else that aids productivity but because it looks different, many hate. Meh some people just dislike change.

      Why would I want to bother emptying my timeline? It's not new content, it's always been there. You can just actually get to see it now. Besides it'll only build up again anyway.

      Why you still cannot "Search" timeline/wall content though is beyond me.
      bradavon
      • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

        @bradavon - I am avoiding timeline if at all possible. As for the Office Ribbon Bar - I use lots of the keyboard shortcuts (alt+) and they have changed or just flat stopped working. I was faster with the keyboard than the mouse.
        DanPressler
        • accessibility

          The ribbon arguably has better keyboard shortcuts / accessibility, primarily because a lot of the functionality it exposes is fully accessible without the mouse, which is more than could be said for office 2003, which often hid functionality in sub menu popup windows.

          I have a workmate that cannot use the mouse for the most part, and has found the change to office 2010 from 2003 to be challenging, but altogether beneficial since they memorised the keyboard shortcuts.

          of course, whatever works for you works for you, but arguing it's the technology's fault seems a little odd, when you've admitted it's personal preference.

          Equally, the timeline, as others' have pointed out is great for accessing old updates, trying to load updates in to the non-paginating wall was a nightmare, especially if you wanted to go back years. An elegant solution for an otherwise awful site. :)
          jrbrewin
      • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

        @DanPressler: You'll get it eventually. It's obvious Facebook will roll it out to the masses at some point. I'm surprised they haven't already. The ribbon isn't to blame for keyboard shortcuts going missing.
        bradavon
  • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

    I used exfoliate for android. worked well for me. Requires a lot of data so I recommend wifi if you don't have unlimited data.
    sfwpa
  • But another Facebook "hook"

    [i]I kid you not, I spent four whole days wiping my Facebook timeline clean. And I stress from the bottom of my heart: there is [b]no easy way[/b] of doing it.[/i]<br><br>And that's four days of your life you will never get back.
    klumper
  • Sellenium offers a more flexible approach

    If you are a programmer or someone who is technically inclined that I would suggest Sellenium, it's free and open source, the methods are well documented. The record button just work.
    erymuzuan
  • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

    I manually deleted everything on my wall prior to getting a timeline. Once I got one, everything came back. I decided instead to just delete the whole thing.
    andilynne
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @andilynne
      I just love your ultimate solution. To solve the problem, just kill it and pretend there never was. Lol
      afedwin
  • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

    Oh, oh the whining!

    I love the Timeline layout. There were a few select posts from the last few years I went through and deleted, but the whole point of putting information, statuses and pictures on a social media site is to see and share them. If you didn't want them out there and posted them anyway, you may want to rethink being online at all.
    cpugo
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @cpugo
      +1
      Godmocker
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @cpugo

      +1

      Timeline is just displaying data that has been there all along in a new, and in my opinion much improved, way. I really do not understand what the fuss is about.
      dave_caputo
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @cpugo
      You said it! What you can see by scrolling down the Timeline, you could see by clicking Older Posts at the bottom of the conventional wall.
      Joey Indolos
      • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

        @Joey Indolos: Exactly. Facebook doesn't suddenly have access to more information. It's "always" been there. It's just now easier to find and transparent. Clicking "Older posts" got very boring very quickly.

        Instead of essentially just a massive list it's now categorised properly.
        bradavon
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @cpugo, I'm with you. I don't understand why Timeline is such a big deal. If you don't want people to see it, then don't post it.
      gdesjardin
    • RE: How to delete every Facebook wall post, wipe your Timeline

      @cpugo, seriously. I like the new Timeline feature. It made it easy to go back and review what I've put out there, and delete if needed. But you're right--if someone needs to be deleting old status updates wholesale, maybe they should rethink posting them in the first place.
      Devon Thomas Treadwell