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Discussion on: What Is The One Website / App You Would Build If You Had All The Necessary Skills to Do It Yourself?

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Garrett

An easy and automated way for people to erase their digital footprint (or as much of it as possible).

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Matthew Collison Author

That’s a really cool idea. In an age where you sign up for 100’s of websites and probably forget most of them, it would be amazing to have a central place to blitz all of that if you needed to.

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Garrett

Exactly! I offer this as a service and although I do charge for the time it takes (and the tools I need), I'd give up the job to make it easier for people to do it on their own.

Walt Disney said something like, "we don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies."

I feel the same way about what I do. I don't help people erase their digital footprints to make money, I make money to help people erase their digital footprints.

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Matthew Collison Author

You’re clearly very passionate on this issue and it’s really great to see how principled you are in that you actually just want to help people out with this problem. Most people don’t even know how to do it on their own, so it’s great that there are people like you to do it for them!

Maybe you can make portions of the process automated. It’s easier with major services where there are APIs, but I suppose there are parts that must be manual when you get to obscure random websites that contain traces of someone’s email / name etc.

This is oddly fascinating!

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Matthew Collison Author

On which note, you could offer a tier 1 service which is “automate as much as you can” and a tier 2 where you upsell your services - which down the line could translate to employing more people to help you either develop better automated solutions or scale the manual side.

Mind going 1000mph here... Sorry :D

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Garrett

Don't be sorry; this is great! You've got some fantastic ideas and I'm soaking them up.

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Matthew Collison Author

Yours to keep! I hope you do that. Having a free tool like this is an incredible way to create traffic for your business. A lot of businesses build complementary free tools that actually provide value to people which converts into customers for them.

And your intent is very clear; you want to help people, and you’ll be able to achieve that goal on a far bigger scale if you managed to pull something like that off.

Anyway, thanks for the comment! Best of luck with all your digital footprint covering endeavours!!!

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Desi

I just found this today! deseat.me/

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Garrett

Desi thank you! That's super cool. It's interesting and probably very efficient that it scans your emails to find the accounts, but, it's only working with people who use(d) Google and/or Outlook/Hotmail. That's definitely going to cover most people, but not everyone. I'm going to use this as inspiration and try to build something that helps anyone regardless of chosen email provider. Thank you again for sharing this...it's super helpful!

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Desi

I wonder if you could somehow import inbox backups to scan for accounts that way... just a thought!

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Garrett

Brilliant!!

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Matthew Collison Author

Top idea! Like a tiered type of system “We can integrate with these and here are 30 guides for the email providers on how to export / import manually”

We’re all helping Garrett plan his future SaaS extension to his business... I’m so proud haha

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