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5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

You’ve gotta do a clean up on your social media accounts every once in awhile.

You really 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 what song I was listening to at that moment?

It’s also important to clean up your social media accounts every now and then so no one else encounters anything you wouldn’t want them to see.

I started using social media at 12 years old, so I have some pretty embarrassing things out there on the internet.

However, that was back in 2007, so social media was nowhere near what it is today.

It’s really unfortunate for kids today growing up during the age of social media.

They’re going to have to deal with a lot more weird stuff from their digital pasts when they get older!

I regularly clean up my own social media accounts, and I thought I’d share my tips with you guys.

Here are some useful tips on cleaning up all your social media accounts!

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Why you should clean up your social media?

As funny as it is to look back on your old and embarrassing posts, there are some things you probably don’t want people in your adult life to see.

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A lot of us grew up with the internet, and a lot of documented our lives on the internet.

You don’t want potential employers seeing your old party photos or people to scrub up tweets of thoughts you had a decade ago.

People are constantly changing, so it makes sense to clean up your social media accounts of things that aren’t relevant to you anymore.

Things you thought 10 years ago could be completely different to your thoughts today.

Clean up those social media profiles, y’all!

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How to clean up your social media presence

1. Delete inappropriate tweets

We’ve all tweeted things that we regret now.

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.

Especially if they’re not reflective of who you are now!

In high school I tweeted “I hate my life” with a selfie wearing my work t-shirt, and my manager actually saw it the same day and gave me a warning.

So yeah, watch what you post on social media!

How to find specific tweets

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 stupid” and delete anything I wouldn’t want anyone to see now.

I do keep the funny tweets though, as long as they’re not really that bad.

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. 

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The quality of your photos from 2011 to now has probably changed, so maybe it’s time to finally archive them.

Never delete your old Instagram photos though, because they’ll never come back!

I used to clean up my Instagram feed all the time, and I lost all the memories I had from 2012 to 2014.

If you archive your Instagram photos, you can always look at them and bring them back to your feed later.

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.

Every now and then it’s hilarious to go through your own friends’ Facebook profiles and like/comment on their weird and old statuses.

As long as you don’t have any embarrassing ones left yourself for them to find and like/comment on!

If you do engage with your friends’ old posts, remember to be mindful as your mutual friends will be able to see the post too.

4. Private old Facebook albums

I took a lot of weird photos back in high school and I wouldn’t want anyone looking at them now.

Anyone remember the “troll face” pose from Tumblr?

This is why I put all of my old Facebook photo albums on private.

They’re still there for myself and anyone tagged in the photos to look back on, but not for anyone else to see.

5. Curate your privacy settings on Facebook

Maybe I’m just a huge social media nerd, but my public Facebook profile is very carefully crafted.

Any prestigious achievements are public (my university education, cool companies I’ve worked at), but things like my current job or photos with friends are private.

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Ain’t no one tryna get creeped on.

I design my public profile with current or potential employers in mind.

You never know if they’re looking you up on social media, and they probably are!

How to clean up your social media accounts:

  1. Delete inappropriate tweets
  2. Clear up your Instagram feed
  3. Remove old Facebook statuses
  4. Private old Facebook albums
  5. Curate your privacy settings on Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a job or simply have been using social media for a long time, it’s important to clean up your social media identity and online presence.

Are there any other things you do or methods you use to clean up your social media presence? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to avoid being screwed over at work, or any of my other posts on career and finance tips.

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Sunday 19th of March 2017

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.

Tiffani Grosser

Monday 13th of February 2017

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!


Wednesday 8th of February 2017

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

Jessica Lam

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Haha great ideas Dia!

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Wednesday 8th of February 2017

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

Jessica Lam

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Haha thanks for reading Alicia!

Twin Pickle

Monday 6th of February 2017

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

Jessica Lam

Thursday 9th of February 2017

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!