5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

You don’t realize how much of your life has been documented on the internet until you look back and see some of your old and most ridiculous posts. Why did anyone care about what I ate that day? Or who I was talking to at that moment?

It really sucks for kids today because they’re growing up during the age of social media, and they’re going to have to deal with a lot more weird stuff when they get older. I started using social media at 12 years old (dang, I cannot believe that was 10 years ago), so I do have some pretty embarrassing things out there on the internet.

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1. Delete inappropriate tweets

We’ve all tweeted things we’ve regretted. Sometimes you even hear stories about people getting fired from jobs because of things they posted years ago. No one wants this to happen to them, so it’s best to delete things you don’t want to be seen, even if they’re not reflective of who you are now. In the Twitter search bar, search your Twitter handle with keywords which might be featured in negative tweets. For example, I’d search up “@jessicailam fuck” and delete anything bad (but obvs keep the good stuff).

2. Clear up your Instagram feed

I used to love putting the Valencia filter on all my selfies and adding all those weird borders to make my photos more interesting. The quality of your photos from 2011 to now has probably changed, so maybe it’s time to finally delete them.

3. Remove old Facebook statuses

I can’t even begin to start about how embarrassing the Facebook statuses I wrote at 12 years old were. A few years ago I thought it would be hilarious to go through my friends’ Facebooks and like/comment on all their weird and old statuses. It was hilarious.

4. Private old Facebook albums

I took a lot of weird photos back in high school (does anyone remember the “troll face” pose from Tumblr?) and I wouldn’t want anyone looking at them now. This is why I put all of my photo albums on private – they’re still there for me and anyone tagged in the photos to look back on, but not for anyone else.

5. Curate your privacy settings on Facebook

Maybe I’m just a huge social media nerd, but my public Facebook profile is carefully crafted. Any prestigious achievements are public (my university education, awesome companies I’ve worked at), but things like my current job (ain’t no one tryna get creeped on) or photos with friends are private. I design my profile with current or potential employers in mind – you never know if they’re looking you up on social media!

Are there any other things you do or methods you use to clean up your social media? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on ways to keep your life organized.

Easy ways to clean up your social media accounts

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

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  • Gen

    Great advice! People don’t realize how much of an influence social media has on others’ perception of you. I know people who have lost their jobs because of their social media profiles.

  • These are all really good. My mom has always told me to be careful with what I shared on social media and I couldn’t be happier that I listed to her!

  • Dia

    Haha yes. I am all about making those college facebook albums private. As well as making sure I have to approve any posts people tag me in lol

  • Yes to all of these! It’s amazing what you find when you scroll down down down on instagram! It makes you think “How did i ever believe this was a good photo?!” haha xx

  • Twin Pickle

    My Facebook account has been running for 10yrs now and I’d love to go edit some of the old ‘favorite movies’ ‘favorite quotes’ and the like. Trouble is, Facebook publishes when you make changes to that sort of thing and I don’t really want to bring attention to it! haha

    • Haha I totally didn’t realize people could see my new page likes until I liked a page of some band and my friend liked the activity, lol!

  • Victoria Stacey

    I should really go back and delete my first Instagram photos. They are HORRIBLE lol. My brother just asked me for tips on cleaning up his Twitter since he’s back in school and needs it for Journalism haha

  • Amy

    Such great tips! It’s so important to have a clean social media presence, especially now that it’s becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Great tips, I never really thought about going through all my accounts!

  • Ha! The good ok’ Valencia filter. I should probably delete those lol. I definitely need to do some work on Facebook though. Thanks for the reminder! Happy weekend!


    • Glad this helped you in some way Liz! 🙂

  • Christina Ropp

    I had underestimated the importance of clearing up old social media posts and making things private until a few years ago when my employer told me after they had hired me that they had checked out as many of my accounts that they could find beforehand. It is really important!

    • I work in social media and it’s the same for me! Thanks for reading Christina!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    Such a good reminder. Cleaning up social media is a great idea!

  • Kristina Wiggins

    A refresh & renew is always good!

  • I love the idea of cleaning up old Facebook posts. Some of the stupid stuff I posted years ago really should be taken down. Great tips!

  • Maria

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • These are some great tips to ensuring your presence on social media doesn’t become a negative effect on your life, brand, business.

  • I think this is a great idea = must clean up some of my social media

  • Brittany Strawbridge

    Great post! I am going to go private my old facebook albums now!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • These are some great tips ! I definitely need to do these for my accounts !

  • My social media could definitely use some cleaning up! So could my email, my Microsoft Word files, my photo files, and of course my house!

  • Chelsea-Catherine Cobb Croom

    Great tips! I’ve definitely neglected my twitter, so it’s time to clean it up!

  • Ana Teresa Pessoa

    This post was amazing I really should do this. When it comes to instagram I have a huge problem with deleting pictures because they represent memories. It’s odd to say the least i know.


    • I feel like a lot of people are that way, and I honestly wish I’d done the same! I’m so used to deleting photos now that it doesn’t mean a huge deal to me – I just save them on my computer 🙂

  • My twitter is pretty clean but I definitely need to go back and clean up old pics and posts on facebook! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Whitney H

    Cleaning up old tweets on Twitter is a great idea! I never posted anything too wild but boring old tweets may definitely need to go, haha!

    • Haha I’ve deleted plenty of boring ones as well!

  • I’ve been doing a lot of this lately! It takes time, that’s for sure!

    • Haha it definitely does but it’s worth it!

  • Great tips! I am adding some of these to my maintenance list for this month!

  • Chelsea

    It always feels good to clean house a little. Great advise!

    Chelsea || http://www.binkiesandbaubles.com

  • I deleted all of my old Instagram posts and started fresh a little over a year ago. It felt so good!! I’m worried that I have too many tweets and facebook statuses to go through though… ah!


  • Currently deleting all my old tweets on Twitter! I never knew how to search for those – thanks Jess <3

  • Courtney Drew

    This is a great reminder to be more aware of what is on the internet that you have posted. We all regret those pictures on insta from way back when. I will be going back into my old posts and deleting out all of the posts that dont go with my brand these days.


  • oh my gosh this hits so close to home! I always joke that the only thing those Facebook “memories” posts are good for is showing me stuff I need to delete haha!

    • Haha I use memories for the same thing now since you can’t see every single post on your timeline!

  • Oh god my IG photos go way back. I should most definitely probably delete some lOL

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Awesome tips! Although I kept the IG photos to show myself how far I’ve come haha.

    • Honestly, I wish I’d done the same with Insta, or at least saved all of the photos haha!

  • I really need to do a social media purge again so thanks for the reminder. I try to do a cleanout every 6 months so I don’t have to weed through too many of my old facebook posts I regret haha!

    • Haha I do the same thing with Twitter because I have over 70k tweets!

  • OMG I used to use the heck out of the Valencia filter too! haha. I need to clean my IG up ASAP. 🙂

  • Sarah Jean

    All excellent tips. I recently deleted tweets I wouldn’t want potential employers seeing!

    • It’s so important! I never want to be fired over something dumb I wrote 5 years ago, lol.

  • I definitely agree that I need a social media “purge”, but I can’t seem to part with some of the things I’ve posted! They’re all great reminders of my life from middle & high school…is it just me?
    – katrina // Yours Truly, Katrina

    • I totally agree! When I deleted all my old Insta photos I immediately regretted it – wish I’d saved them on my computer!

  • Candy Kage

    Now this kinda made me laugh but we all need to clean up all our social media accounts.

    • I completely agree! Glad you enjoyed this Candy 🙂

  • Oh gosh I really need to go and delete some of my old Facebook statuses from high school and college…they are so embarrassing!

    • It’s always hilarious to look back on though haha!

  • Sometimes I delete old pictures from my instagram account XD (very bad quality)


    • Haha I deleted all my old photos as well, wish I’d saved them though so I could look back on them!