Yes I am one of the estimated 500 million active users of Facebook. I don’t even remember when I first joined Facebook but I do remember when it still required a .edu email address. At work we had to contact the local university and obtain a fictitious email account so we could sign up look around. Eventually Facebook opened to the public and eventually I opened a personal account.
It turns out Facebook is kind of like America Online of the old days. I say that because AOL was horrible in the sense that once you installed the program, settings and data stayed on your computer even if you uninstalled the program. The thought process was the customer would come back to AOL so the “reinstall” would go so much faster if the information just stayed on the computer. It turns out Facebook kind of has the same “they’ll be back” philosophy.
If you deactivate your account from the “Deactivate Account” section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it.