If you're on the hunt for a new job, the first thing you think to do might be to spruce up your LinkedIn page. While that's always a good idea, a new study from the job search website Simply Hired suggests that there's somewhere else you should tidy up first: Instagram.
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If the last few weeks of Facebook scandals have revealed anything, it's that the social network already knows way too much about us. But in case you needed another reason to stop giving Facebook your personal info here's a good one: it could get your online accounts hacked.
Today the Wall Street Journal listed all the data Facebook can grab when you upload a photo, based on Facebook's privacy and data collection policies. The list illustrates what we've said before: Facebook doesn't need to spy on your through your microphone, because you already let it spy on everything else you do.
If you've been on Twitter for too long, or gone on binges where you follow too many people at once, you can end up with a crowded, even toxic Twitter feed. In the twelve years I've spent on Twitter, I've ended up following an unwieldy crowd of over 3,700 accounts. I can't make a big dent just by manually unfollowing people in my feed, so I use ManageFlitter, a powerful tool to sort and act on my followers.
Most people use their Facebook accounts to log into websites and apps on a regular basis, but after the company's recent privacy scandal, it's clear that doing so can put your personal data at risk. To its credit, Facebook has made it possible to delete those logins for years, but it was always a tedious one-at-a-time process - until now.
In its April issue, a writer at The Atlantic makes the argument that "retweets are trash". Whereas once if you wanted to repeat something someone else had said on the platform you would have had to create a whole new tweet and add a "RT" in front of it, the addition of the retweet button has made it so people will often share the thoughts of others without fully thinking through those statements. Now there's a new tool to actually make that happen called Blindfold.
You can't stop Facebook from tracking everything you do on the social network (unless you delete your account, of course), but there is a way to stop it from tracking where you go once you leave the company's walled garden. All you need is Mozilla's new Firefox browser extension: Facebook Container.
It isn't quite #deleteFacebook, but there's also a growing movement to wipe Snapchat from smartphones. The company's poorly-received redesign, combined with an offensive ad that recently appeared in the app, have pushed more people to abandon Snapchat entirely - including your favourite celebrities.
Whether you love them or hate them, there is no getting away from so-called 'influencers'. These shiny, happy millennials are the hottest trend in advertising since the advent of television. This infographic charts the meteoric rise of this glitziest of professions - from Fatty Arbuckle to Michelle Phan.
If you can't bring yourself to delete your Facebook account entirely, you're probably thinking about sharing a lot less private information on the site. The company actually makes it pretty easy to find out how much data it's collected from you, but the results might be a little scary.
Algorithmic feeds, how I loathe thee. I hate Twitter's, minor as it is. I hate Facebook's, because I just want a simple chronological News Feed. And I hate Instagram's, because its Explore tab can fill up with all sorts of weird shit that the service thinks I should like. There's not that much you can to do get a handle on the ever-unruly Explore, but you have a few options.
Snapchat is rolling out a brand-new update that makes it even easier for your friends to find you on its "Snap Map". Even though you have to opt in for your Bitmoji to appear on the map, this is a great time to review your Snapchat privacy settings (and wave goodbye to the Snap Map, if you aren't interested).
Facebook is kind of a mess right now. And there are plenty of equally messy reaction pieces cajoling you and everyone you know, to delete your account in a massive middle finger to the web's prevailing social network. That's the easy take and, honestly, we've experienced this mob response before. Did you #DeleteFacebook then? Me neither.
Trying to find the best tool to get a bunch of people organised and sharing knowledge can be a pain. Google Groups can feel exceedingly complicated. Facebook cares little about your privacy. And if you're still using Yahoo Groups ... why? Instead of the Big Three, consider a service like Groups.io, a sensible, free platform that's incredibly easy to use.
Something odd happened when I checked my LinkedIn profile the other day. In the "People You May Know" section, I noticed a vaguely familiar face - it was someone I had met through online dating. We had gone on maybe two dates nearly two years ago, yet there she was, being suggested to me by LinkedIn's creepy algorithm. If this has ever happened to you, here's what you can do to stop it.
In the space of around four days, social media app Vero has gone from being practically unheard of, to topping app store charts, to being the internet's newest punching bag.