We’ve all been guilty of a little Facebook creeping every now and then. (We’re among friends here. You can admit you’ve done it, too.) But have you looked through your social media lately to see what other people are seeing? Even if you don’t personally post a lot, you might be surprised about what shows up.
This is something I do every couple of weeks because I don’t want to communicate myself in a bad light to the wrong person. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything questionable on my social media, but it never hurts to double check various things such as tagged photos and old pictures.
Here’s my social media checklist of what to watch out for:
Go back as far as you can.
Creep on yourself all the way back to when you first joined Facebook or Twitter to make sure something unwanted doesn’t reappear five years later. There may be something you meant to delete, but it just slipped your mind.
Delete questionable photos.
More often than not, photos are going to be the first part of your social media that people look at. Just look at the popularity of Instagram! Photos give us a quick and lazy snapshot of who a person is, or at least who we perceive them to be. You want to make sure there are no pictures of that wild Saturday night, or you and your friends “turnin’ up on a Tuesday.” Here’s my golden rule for photos: if you wouldn’t want your grandma or boss to see it, don’t post it.
Avoid anything with profanity or vulgarity.
Yes, social media is a place where you can freely express your feelings about that person who cut you off earlier, or the waiter who spilled a drink on you, but always remember to keep it nice. After all, once it goes on the internet, there’s no way of making it disappear.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a real art to perfecting the selfie. But there is such a thing as too many selfies. Trade out the selfie for a picture of you doing something that will interest your followers. A picture of you out exploring the mountains with your best friend will go further than a selfie in the car.
Go through tagged photos.
Tagged photos can be the enemy of social media. Although you may know how to manage your social media, some of your friends may not have mastered this yet. Go through all of your tagged photos and remove the tags you aren’t comfortable with. You’ll be thankful you did.
Clean up your friends list.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had your social media for a while now. Are there people on your friends list you haven’t even talked to since high school? I suggest going through your friends list and only keeping people you’re actually friends with. You’ll feel a sigh of relief when your feed isn’t full of people you barely know.