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There can be few computer users who do not have at least one social networking account – the likes of Facebook and Twitter are just so prevalent these days. But while it’s easy to sign up for an account, closing one down is not always so simple. Until now.
We recently looked at how you can go about backing up the posts you have made and the photos you have uploaded to various social networks. Before you take the step of closing down your account, you might want to consider doing just this so you at least have a record of your online activity.
Since it is possibly the most popular social network, it makes sense to start by taking a look at Facebook. Here there are two options available to you if you decide that you are in need of a Facebook sabbatical. If you’re not sure about how serious you are about leaving Zuckerberg’s network, deactivation may be the best option.
Going down this route basically puts your accounts on hold and enables you to reactivate should you change your mind further down the line. To start the process, pay a visit to the deactivation page.
You will be reminded that your Facebook friends will not be able to contact you (through Facebook, at least), but you’ll need to specify why you are choosing to leave. This done, click Confirm and you will vanish from Facebook until you decide to reactivate – this can be done by simply logging into your account as normal.
If you decide you want to take things further and completely delete your account, you should visit the account removal page instead. Click the Delete My Account button and you’ll be asked to provide your password and complete a captcha.
You are still given a slight safety buffer. Your account will initially be deactivated and will be completely deleted provided you leave it alone for two weeks. Resist logging in for 14 days and your account will be gone forever.
Had enough of tweeting? Head over to the Twitter website, log into your account, click the cog icon to the upper right of the page and select Settings. At the bottom of the page, click the ‘Deactivate my account’ link.
Click the button to deactivate your account. As the warning points out, your account will initially be deactivated and after 30 days of inactivity will be deleted. If you change your mind about leaving Twitter, simply log back into your account within 30 days of deactivation.
You can opt of out of using the Google+ component of Google, or you can cut ties completely. Head over to the Google website, click your account avatar to the upper right of the pages and then click the Account link.
There are now three options available to you, although looking in the Account Management section of the page you’ll only see two listed.
If you just want to abandon Google+, click the ‘Delete profile and remove related Google+ features’ link. You can then choose between deleting just your Google + content, bearing mind all of the caveats that are pointed out – such as losing the ability to use Sign In With Google on various websites.
Tick the Required box and then the ‘Remove selected services’ button. Alternatively, you can select the ‘Delete your entire Google profile’ option. This will enable you to wipe out your presence from not only Google+, but also YouTube and Google Buzz.
Google also enables you to completely delete your account – just click the ‘Close account and delete all services and information associated with it’ link in the Account Management section of your account.
As this process involves deleting a large amount of data, you will be asked to confirm that you definitely want to proceed. Check each of the boxes next to the various Google service – from AdSense to YouTube – and then enter your password. You’ll also have to check the ‘Yes, I want to delete my account’ option before you click the Delete Google Account button.
If you feel you’ve shared too many photos through Instagram, you may decide that the easiest option is to simply close down your account. Pay a visit to the Instagram website , click your username to the upper right of the page and select Edit Profile.
Towards the bottom right of page, click the ‘I’d like to delete my account link’, use the drop down menu to provide a reason for the deletion, and then enter your password before you click the ‘Permanently delete my account’ button.
Instagram is far from being the only photo sharing service, and Flickr is probably still the most popular in some circles. To delete your account and online photos, log into your account, click the smiley icon to the upper right and select Settings from the menu.
Near the bottom of the page, click the ‘Delete your Flickr account’ link and confirm that you’re happy to continue by clicking OK – Next.
Other Account Terminations
These are just some of the online services you may want to walk away from – there are many, many more that you may have used and changed your mind about. We could list every single online account you might want to close here, but that would make for a very long article.
You might also want to take a look at AccountKiller which provides details of how to delete all manner of online accounts. Services are organized into a whitelist (those that provide a simple account deletion process), a greylist (those that are a little troublesome) and a blacklist (those services that do not allow for account deletion or make it tricky).
Have you had trouble deleting a particular online account? Share your experiences in the comments below.
Facebook: can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Between spam, privacy issues, and trash in your news feed, Facebook can get pretty annoying, and other networks like Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn can be just as bad. As long as you’re wasting all your time on social sites, why not fix them up so they work like you want them to? Here are ten ways to do just that.
10. Dig Yourself Out From Under Your Hoard of Notifications
Staying up to date on what your friends are doing is great. until your networks of choice start bombarding you with notifications. “Johnny commented on your status! Stacy tagged you in a photo! Billy bit you and now you’re a vampire!” The best way to deal with this is to edit your notification settings directly, which you can easily do in Facebook , Twitter , and elsewhere. You can also turn your Facebook notifications into a daily digest , prune your phone’s notifications so they don’t bug you, and even make a smarter notification system for more fine-grained customization. Of course, you could just turn them off completely, too—there’s nothing wrong with that .
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9. Stop Spam in Its Tracks
The other kind of spam you get on social networks—besides the notification spam—is the spam caused by malicious links and other fake stories. The easiest way to avoid them ? Don’t click on anything that says any variation of “You won’t believe this!” or “Win a free iPad!” or anything vaguely pornographic (and spread the message to your friends while you’re at it). If you’re following (or being followed by) any spam accounts on Twitter, you can also use a tool like Nest Unclutterer to clean them up.
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8. Clean Up All Those Unnecessary Apps
Your social networks aren’t the only ones scrambling to grab your data and attention—the third-party apps connected to them are, too. Heck, Facebook even tricks you into ignoring app permissions . The best way to clean up those app permissions (and delete the apps you don’t need) is to use a service like MyPermissions , which will lead you to the necessary settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Dropbox, Instagram, and more. It’ll even remind you once a month to check your permissions and clean them up, which is pretty awesome in our book.
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7. Regularly Unfriend People for a Cleaner Feed
Having a ton of Facebook friends isn’t necessarily a good thing. Not only can it create a lot of clutter, but it’s even a characteristic of unhappy people . For a cleaner social feed, regularly unfriend and unfollow people to keep things trim. For the really bad offenders (like your horrible ex), go a step further and block them completely . Only follow people that you’re actually friends with or are otherwise useful , and you’ll be much better off—though we won’t blame you if you want to track who unfriends you, too .
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6. Divide Your Friends Into Lists
For those that you don’t want to unfriend, keep them around but divide them into lists. Not only will it keep certain people from seeing all your info , but it makes your feeds smaller and more organized . You can do it on Facebook , Twitter , and on Google+ , and even use other services like Facebook’s Smart Lists or Formulists for Twitter to automate the process. If you want a good list to start off with, you can always follow us and our writers on Facebook and Twitter with one click.
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5. Improve Your Experience With Apps and Extensions
The default experience on Facebook and Twitter isn’t made for users, it’s made for the companies—so why not use something better for you? Twitter clients are always better than the default site, and we’ve got favorites for Windows , OS X , Android , and the iPhone to try out. You can also make Facebook infinitely better with one simple browser extension , not to mention combine multiple networks with apps like Flipboard .
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4. Post to Multiple Networks at Once
Maybe you try to keep a presence on all networks, or maybe you’ve combined them into a piecemeal social network for yourself. Either way, you probably want to post some of your updates or photos to multiple networks at the same time, and luckily, that’s pretty easy to do —most of the time. Posting from one network to another doesn’t always work perfectly, but it can make your life a lot easier when using Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And, if you want to include any other networks, IFTTT probably has you covered.
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Let’s be honest: no matter how much you love them, you probably spend a little too much time on social networking sites like Facebook. You can fix this problem by limiting your visits to time-wasting sites , and using tools like Facebook Nanny to help you get back to work. It’s also worth looking into the worthwhile uses of these networks—for example, use LinkedIn to increase your hirability , or use Twitter for instant customer support and up-to-the minute updates on stuff that matters .
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Censors from Turkey government agencies restricted access to more than 166 websites and personal websites according to court orders during several years.
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Does anyone actually have just one social networking profile anymore? Most of the people I know have a Facebook, a Twitter, a LinkedIn, a Tumblr and a Google+ account (RIP), or some similar combination that may or may not be unnecessary.
Which is why I know plenty of users have been using the handy sync feature that connects different accounts to work together without having to update over and over again.
But what do you do when you want to add your friends from Facebook to other services? Certainly there has to be a better way than searching out the individual emails and hoping they work. Here are a couple of ways to more simply migrate your Facebook friends to a different social media site.
Import To Gmail
Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. Because of their tab design and constant reload, it is an efficient way to keep track of emails. Especially if you happen to network or email a lot. So it can be really handy to import your friends from Facebook as regular Gmail contacts, in order to save them and use the associated email addresses for contact. You can also apply them to Gtalk, in-service chat client.
Just download Friends to Gmail and connect to your Facebook account through the app. From there you can select to save your contacts in a CSV file, which is compatible with Gmail. Then open your email account, go to Contacts > More Actions > Import. From there it will give you an upload box where you can choose the file you downloaded to be reloaded onto your contacts list.
Please Note: If you wish to have these added into your Gtalk, you will usually have to send invites to chat, as it will not automatically add them into your chat contacts.
Import To Google+
Edit: Google+ is now defunct.
Edit: Google+ has been discontinued 🙁
This one can get a little tricky. When Google+ was first introduced, there was a handy Chrome attachment that allowed you to import your contacts quickly, made by a man name Muhammad Mansour. But almost immediately it was blocked by Facebook to stop people from moving over fully to their competitor.
There have been a number of updates but they were always blocked once more by the social networking site. He has since provided it on his Github, which should still work. You just download the .zip file and install it. Then go to chrome://extensions through the URL bar. Click on Developer Mode>Load Unpacked Extension and install.
Please note: You have to extract the files onto your desktop before unpacking them in Chrome.
Import To Twitter
One of the best apps for the process, Friendlynx is supported by Facebook and so does not have any issues when you try to import contacts, thanks to their sync contract. You just download the app, sign in to your Facebook account and import the contacts directly to your Twitter. The advantages of this are endless, as there is a very good chance your friends will have both accounts.
Please note: This app does not support secure browsing, or https. It has to be accessed through the traditional http, or through the apps dashboard of your Facebook account. Hopefully, there will be an update on this soon.
Migrating contacts from one site to another can be a bit of a pain, but these three methods take some of the difficulty out of it. What are some of your favorite programs? Let us know in the comments.
Fed up with Facebook? There are other ways to stay connected to friends and family.
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Facebook is having a rough week.
The world’s largest social network has come under fire for allowing researchers to mine personal data and then use that data for political ads that may have influenced the 2016 election.
Needless to say, that may pose a problem for people who still want to stay connected with friends and family, but feel Facebook is no longer a secure or trustworthy place to do so.
Thankfully, alternatives exist. Let’s take a look at how you can stay social without a Facebook account.
Wait, what? Another Facebook product? Actually, Messenger is a totally different animal than Facebook proper. And if it’s among your preferred means of communicating with friends and family, here’s good news: Quitting Facebook doesn’t mean you also have to quit Messenger.
Indeed, according to Facebook’s own FAQ, Messenger will continue to work even if you deactivate your Facebook account. That means you can still text, call, pay and play games with all your contacts.
If you’ve never bothered with the other social-media heavyweight, maybe this is a good time to start. Twitter is like Facebook writ small, with posts limited to 280 characters (recently expanded from 140) and a focus on hashtagging rather than people-tagging.
Even so, you can use it to share updates, photos, polls and more with people you know, and it’s a good source for breaking news — though Twitter has yet to take any real steps to combat fake news, which is pervasive on the service .
And it probably goes without saying that Twitter, like Facebook and many other social networks, mines user data for advertising and other purposes. But it feels a lot less cluttered than Facebook, and there’s a robust browser-based interface for people who prefer to network on their PCs.
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With similarities to both Facebook and Instagram (the latter left off this list because it’s owned by the former), Path may prove a desirable new home for Facebook expatriates.
Like Instagram, it’s an app-based platform, one that doesn’t work in desktop browsers (Instagram technically does, but you get the idea). Unlike Instagram, it’s designed less for following wide swaths of people and more for interacting with personal groups.
To that end, Path invites you to share not only updates, photos and the like, but also thoughts, shopping finds and the latest media you’re consuming: books, movies, music and TV. You can even let your circle know when you’re going to bed and waking up. (Just be prepared for accusations of oversharing.)
Remember how Facebook started out as a tool to connect college students? Raftr has assumed that mantle. But it’s less about friendships than it is shared interests, any of which can be the jumping-off point for conversation.
For example, want to talk about life hacks? Air fryers ? ” Legion ” season 2? Choose one of these communities — these “rafts” — or start your own. The service is accessible in desktop and mobile browsers, but there’s also an iOS app.
Vero features a sparse, attractive interface that’s totally ad-free.
Another app-only service, Vero makes money from subscriptions, not advertising. That means you get not only an ad-free social network, but also the promise of “no algorithms and no data mining, ever.”
As for your personal data, Vero says it will share it only in “limited circumstances,” such as when it’s required to purchase something (the network incorporates a shopping platform) or when there’s a legal requirement to do so.
Vero originally planned to give its first million users a “free for life” subscription, but because of service interruptions owing to the heavy influx of new signups, the company has extended that offer to all comers — for a limited time. Pricing for the eventual subscription model has yet to be announced.
Have you found a Facebook alternative you like? One of these, or perhaps a different network? Tell us about it in the comments!
Sometimes, such necessity raises that we need access to even social networking. Learn how to open social networking sites when it is blocked.
It is annoying when at certain places you cannot access favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest. Most of the schools, corporates and other organizations block these social networking sites. When you cannot chat with your Facebook friends, it can be surely irksome. Especially, those who are not in the 9 hour time zone and spend a major part of the day at work, are very frustrated when Facebook is blocked by a firewall. This prevents them to communicate with friends in Facebook in the middle of a very hectic day.
When you are in school or office, you cannot access the social networking sites and the sites that you use to download songs or music are also blocked. But, fortunately there is a way to open the site without having to spending on it.
Find here the various efficient methods that undoubtedly help you in opening blocked sites in school or office without shelling out a dime from your pocket.
This is a world where social networking has become the backbone of the way we communicate. It dominates our behavior online; it shapes our personality in a way we want to present it to others. In succinct it occupies a major portion of our time.
Time is what organizations don’t want you to spend there, which resulted in all sorts of firewalls and sites blocking. As they forcefully put restrictions and your access is barred, frustration is eminent.
To help to you get over such issues, some methods have been mentioned to help you bypass such blocks and enable public access of your beloved social networking sites!
It is very important to understand the concept of blocking, before we can try to unblock it. The concept of firewalls and blocks and how do they interact to our network. A lot of different types of firewalls exist and hence we need different kinds of methods to deal with all of them.
The block which is most common in schools and often in colleges too is that they keep a record of the names of all the blocked websites.
. The website name is provided to users for easy remembrance and when the website is called, the name is converted to its respective IP address. Although some of the websites have shared IP addresses but the entire social networking sites you might be using for dedicated addresses hence it is easy to bypass the block. If you are using windows, go to command prompt by going to ‘run’ and typing ‘cmd’. Then type “ping website name –t”. The IP address of the website will be mentioned there. Just note it down and try to open with the IP address. If ‘cmd’ is blocked by the administrator, you can use many online tools to convert web site name to IP address www.whatsmyip.org will do the trick.
The other kind of blocking involves defining a subdomain with embedded blocked sites. You cannot access the sites just by IP addresses. For that, go to your network connection in control panel. There you’ll find the network adapter through which you are accessing the internet. Change the DNS for that adapter. You can use Open DNS (18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124) details or Google DNS server (126.96.36.199. or 188.8.131.52). If these DNS are not in use, you should be able to bypass the firewall for some social networking.
For any kind of firewalls, the most recommended way is by using proxy sites. These sites are made that your network will only get the address of the proxy site, while you can redirect to your desired website anonymously. Its major strength is the popularity of the method incidentally it is also its weakness. Modern systems are able to catch such website and block them. Hence if you are thinking of using, only try the latest ones because old ones would have been blocked. Internet is filled with such websites so feel free to search and try your luck.
If all of this fails, here are some alternative methods which are all functional, hopefully one of them works for you.
Use of Google Translator: Go to Google translator and give the link to your desired website. Convert it into the language of your preference. And then go to the website. Since now you are accessing it through Google, chances are that firewall won’t stop it. This method has some considerate success.
Use of Google caching: It’s a concept where pages are saved and can be accessed again through Google servers. You’ll find the cached option whenever you search. Try your luck; it might be the solution for you.
Wayback Machine: It’s a novel way of accessing old pages. It uses a concept similar to Google Cache but with more focus on specific pages rather than the regular hum drum of Google.
If even these methods are not working and you have encountered a stringent block, accept it and move on to accessing your data rather than the actual website.
User of RSS: check if the website can generate RSS feeds. Like Facebook does, then you can subscribe to it and read it using readers for RSS. While you will not be able to manipulate data but at least you can access it.
Subscribe to updates on email: We have tried and failed at times, do this the hard way. Whenever there is a notification for you, email notifications are there, through them you can be aware what is happening around you. It’s not the most convenient option, but often the most resourceful.
If you understand the concept behind such methods (read: identify the type of block on your network), try to get creative and bypass it, without causing the organization any trouble!
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The world’s most popular social networking sites certainly have changed over the years, and they’ll undoubtedly continue to change as time moves forward. Old social networks will die, popular ones will stick around as they’re forced to evolve, and brand new ones will appear (just watch out for fake news sites!)
We’ve moved on from the days of MySpace to a social media era now dominated by Facebook and all sorts of other social mobile apps. A lot of kids even admit to using Snapchat the most, suggesting that it could be the future of where social networking is headed.
So, what’s everyone using right now? Have a look through the updated roundup of social networks below to see which ones are currently the trendiest.
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Easy to find long-lost friends.
Join interesting groups and pages.
Difficult to keep up with updates.
Complicated to adjust privacy settings.
Most of us already know that Facebook is the top social network on the web. It’s a thriving beast of a social networking site on the web with about 2 billion monthly active users and more than one billion that log on daily (according to Facebook itself).
Statista shows that Facebook Messenger, with tons of cool features, is the second most popular messaging app behind WhatsApp. People use Facebook individually and by joining or setting up groups.
After failing to acquire Snapchat in 2013, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 so that it could be the one that was on top of instant messaging.
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Very large community.
Get updates from major brands.
Integrates with third party services.
Can feel disorganized.
Not easy to find specific people.
Difficult to develop followers.
Twitter is known as the real-time, public microblogging network where news breaks first. Most users love it for its short message limit (now 280 characters) and unfiltered feed that showed them absolutely everything in the form of tweets.
Twitter has changed dramatically over the years, and today it’s criticized a lot for going the way of looking and functioning almost exactly like Facebook. Besides Twitter Card integration, which now makes it easy to share all sorts of multimedia content in tweets, you can expect to see algorithmic timelines coming to Twitter as well.
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The number of active users of Facebook (those people who have logged onto the site in the previous month) has reached a historic high of 2.45 billion. To put this in some context, approximately 32% of the global population now use the social media platform, and the trend line of participation is still going up.
With the exception of Google, there has never been a company that has had this many people using its services. In this context, it may seem strange to talk about those who are choosing to leave Facebook. But those who are leaving the platform represent a small, but by no means insignificant, counter current. And many people, perhaps looking to eke back some time from busy lives, are choosing to quit social media as a new year’s resolution.
In 2018, a US survey revealed that 9% of those surveyed had recently deleted their Facebook account, while a further 35% reported that they were using the social media platform less. Despite its economic success and popularity, there seems to be something going on in the original heartlands of Facebook.
Building on my previous work on behavioural influence, I have been trying to find out more about these so called “Facebook deleters”, to better understand their motivations and the implications of choosing to leave the world’s most powerful social network.
In conversations I’ve had with those who have deleted Facebook, it has become evident that people’s motivations for leaving the platform are varied and complex.
My assumption had been that major events, such as the Snowden leaks, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and revelations about Mark Zuckerberg’s secret meeting with the US president, Donald Trump, were the key motivations for deleting Facebook accounts. But the Facebook deleters I speak to rarely raise political scandals or concerns over data privacy as their primary motivations for leaving the network.
Indeed, when our conversation turns to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many suggest that this had only confirmed what they had always assumed about how their personal data was being exploited (at least one person had never even heard of Cambridge Analytica).
Many of those who delete Facebook speak of widely recognised reasons for leaving the platform: concerns with its echo chamber effects, avoiding time wasting and procrastination, and the negative psychological effects of perpetual social comparison. But other explanations seem to relate more to what Facebook is becoming and how this evolving technology intersects with personal experiences.
While many people find it difficult to articulate precisely why they joined Facebook (being intrigued or attracted by the site’s novelty, it seems), it is clear that for many the platform has started to play a very different role in their lives. The notion of “oversharing” is discussed as an aspect of what Facebook has turned into, as users find their feeds clogged with information they find gratuitously personal and irrelevant.
Those who joined Facebook at a young age tend to describe their social networks getting too large. The size of a social media network appears to be a significant factor in how useful and trustworthy people find it. We know that social groups in excess of 150 tend to be too large to effectively know and maintain – this is the so-called Dunbar number, named after the anthropologist Robin Dunbar. It appears that in the context of Facebook, those with networks consisting of several thousand people find them increasingly difficult to trust (even when applying rigorous privacy settings).
A further problem for digital natives is the length of time they have been archiving their lives on Facebook. Their Facebook archive often goes back to a time when they were less selective in the curation of their online selves. Such careless sharing is now seen as a threat to the social image they are keen to establish in adulthood.
A recurring theme is the social commitment of being on Facebook. While Facebook enables people to stay connected with their friends, family and communities, it is also seen as generating a new form of digital domestic labour.
One of the reasons for the success of social media, of course, is its ability to tap into our social instinct for knowledge sharing and exchange. But as social networks grow on Facebook, it appears that the costs of mutual obligation (they liked my post, so I had better like theirs) start to outweigh the benefits to being connected.
This is where digital forms of mutual obligation are different to real ones – in the real world we shake hands and say nice things to each other in the moment of encounter. But in the digital world social obligations can quickly accumulate to unsustainable levels.
Although Facebook may still continue to grow, those who leave the platform reveal interesting trends which hint at how future relationships with smart technology and social media will play out.
We are in an era of historically unprecedented opportunities for social connection and engagement. Those who leave Facebook are at one end of a spectrum we all inhabit as we try and work through questions of digital identity, responsibility and collective customs.
Leaving social networks is one of several options we can choose as we attempt to navigate this new world. But Facebook deletion is not just a process of people redefining their digital self. Deletion is also a response to a set of emerging tensions between an evolving technology and social life.
As the economic model of Facebook changes (in both scale, intensity and profit-making) it appears likely that it will encounter clear barriers to its social usefulness and desirability. This is, of course, where we begin to see a clash in values within Facebook itself, as it seeks to reconcile its stated desire to connect the world, with its highly monetised mode of operation.
The small numbers of people who delete Facebook are not going to change Facebook’s economic model anytime soon. But the future may see the company testing the limits of engagement with social media platforms.
Twitter, like other social media networks, tries to personalize your timeline/feed. It’s a normal behavior for social media networks and it works, for the most time. Sometimes you get recommendations that aren’t relevant to you in any way and it can get pretty annoying.
Fortunately, you can tweak some settings to get a better experience or you can turn the suggestions off completely with a third-party app or extension in this case. At any rate, here’s how to stop twitter suggestions completely.
How to stop Twitter suggestions on Chrome
■ Open Google Chrome, type www.google.com/chrome/ in the address bar and press Enter.
■ Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find Web store. Click it.
■ In the upper-left portion of the page, make sure that the Extension option is clicked. Just above that in the search bar, type “Adblock plus”, and press Enter.
■ Find the Adblock plus search result, and click on the + Add to Chrome button to the right.
■ A small window will appear, just click on Add extension.
■ In the upper-right corner of your screen, click on the Adblock Plus icon.
■ In the displayed window, click on Options.
■ Now, click on Advanced on the left side of the page.
■ Scroll down, and click on Start writing my filter list button.
■ In the text box, type or just copy this: twitter.com##.flex-module and click Save.
■ You’re all set. When you open Twitter you shouldn’t see any more suggestions on who to follow or what’s trending and similar things.
How to stop Twitter suggestions on Firefox
■ Open Firefox and type addons.mozilla.org, and press Enter.
■ In the upper-right corner of the page, type “Adblock plus” in the search bar.
■ Click on Adblock plus search result.
■ Now, click on the + Add to Firefox.
■ When a small window pops-up, just press Add.
■ Now just repeat the steps from 6 through 10, and you’re all set.
Hackers frequently target profiles of wealthy politicians or buyers. But practically any person can grow to be a goal. An attacker may be a partner or a cyber legal who wants to assault the sufferer’s checking account.
If you think you’re the target, or worse, the account has been hacked, how do you know if anyone is conserving your account?
It is in point of fact a hard query to solution, as a result of online products and services be offering different types of knowledge and they are incessantly now not easily found. Today, TipsMake.com will guide you to learn the fundamental steps to see if there are any strains of penetration for your online account, such as Gmail, e-mail from Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, or no longer.
Warning : Sometimes, users can not receive a transparent resolution about whether or not an account has been hacked. If unsure, you should consult with an expert, equivalent to a friend who works for IT or an organization’s technical recommendation line. In addition, the scope of this guide covers handiest on-line services. If hackers get into the computer, all of these products and services may also be compromised and the techniques described here will not be able to help discover anything else.
Check if the account has been hacked
- Microsoft Outlook
The first thing to do if you watched any person has hacked into your Gmail account is to log into Gmail and test ‘ Last Account Activity ‘. This possibility is situated within the backside proper nook of the Gmail major interface.
A window that appears like this may increasingly appear:
Do you realize the units and IP addresses listed right here? If the solution isn’t any, and you spot a place that appears very strange (such as this position is out of the country that you have by no means been to), which may be an indication that somebody has logged in to the account. Your Gmail. In that case, click on the ‘ Sign out all other web sessions ‘ option. This option will power anyone (aside from you) to log out of your account and alternate your password right away.
Next, consult with the Google account security dashboard, perform a safety take a look at and complete the stairs. Please evaluation which programs have get entry to to data for your account. Do you recognize those programs? If now not, revoke the get right of entry to rights. Here, users too can see if there are any safety features, as well as test the two-factor authentication settings for Gmail.
Finally, take a look at to see if hackers have added any filters, electronic mail redirects or forwarding settings to stealthily scouse borrow your e-mail and hide the fact that they did it. Don’t omit to check the trash to see if any forwarding emails have been deleted by hackers.
If you in finding anything suspicious, trade your Gmail password immediately.
‘Giant’ e mail provider Microsoft supplies the similar mechanism as Google. Visit https://account.microsoft.com/security and click Review Activity to view contemporary logins and other activities.
This possibility will take the consumer to a web page that looks like this:
If you see the rest suspicious, go back to the principle Security web page and then click on the Change Password possibility .
Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo provides customers the facility to view some information about the device and which IP deal with was once used to log into the account.
To see this knowledge, discuss with https://login.yahoo.com/account/activity.
If you click on the person gadgets displayed within the take a look at checklist, you can see extra details about the IP cope with, time and location of the login within the final 30 days.
Yahoo also has a website online that is helping users identify reliable Yahoo sites, requests and touch knowledge to lend a hand customers discover faux pages.
If the rest peculiar occurs on the Recent process page , trade the password straight away.
This social network has a series of tools to help users in finding out if something strange is happening or no longer. Visit the Security and Login web page of Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sinstall?tab=securance). Here, customers can see the logged-in place, a function equivalent to Gmail.
If moving to the tool title section, its IP deal with shall be displayed.
Users will have to enable ‘ Get indicators about unrecognized logins ‘ settings, let Facebook alert if someone indicators in from your IP address or new location to your account.
If you suppose any individual has broken into your account, check out the App passwords and Authorized Logins segment to see if there’s anything suspicious or no longer. If yes, delete it. If you think something is fallacious, trade your Facebook password in an instant. That also helps log out any hacker.
Further reference: How to know your Facebook has been hacked
This blog carrier has no main points to find out if your account has been hacked. If you are still frightened, consult with https://twitter.com/sinstall/simes and see which device has been used to access your account. Unfortunately, this option does now not display the IP cope with.
Again, if you spot anything suspicious, log out and then change the password. Also, take a second to review the packages that have get right of entry to to your Twitter account right here.
This picture sharing social network has a characteristic to test previous logins, however the data types displayed are slightly limited. All the consumer can see is the date and time of login, no location, no IP address.
To check, consult with https://www.instagram.com/accounts/access_tool/ and click on View All underneath Activity, Logins .
If the use of the cell utility, click on the Hamburger menu in the best proper corner, then select Settings within the decrease proper nook, scroll down to the Privacy and Security section and click Account Data. Then continue scrolling down and clicking All below Activity, Logins .
If you spot a suspicious login (which is a little bit laborious to identify), exchange your password instantly.
This video participant platform does now not allow users to see which computer systems or IP addresses are logged in. But if you might be frightened about hacked hackers, move to https://store.steampowered.com/account/, click on Manage Steam Guard in Account Security, then click on ‘Deauthorize all other devices’.
This will drive any person else to log in to your account. After that, trade your password straight away.
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Diaspora, the open-source social network, struggles to stop Isis accounts spreading propaganda after the murder of James Foley
Isis social media war spreads to Diaspora and other more niche social networks as Twitter clamps down on propaganda. Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP
Isis social media war spreads to Diaspora and other more niche social networks as Twitter clamps down on propaganda. Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP
After the clampdown by Twitter and YouTube on Islamic State (Isis) propaganda, the social media war has spread to open-source social network Diaspora – where the content is impossible to remove.
Isis accounts are posting propaganda images, video and text via Diaspora sites, and the site’s developers who once promised, in a now-deleted blogpost, that it offered “a brighter future for all of us” are powerless to stop them. But they are concerned at legal implications for other users who are connected to the network.
“Diaspora started off with the purpose to be decentralised, which has both good and bad aspects,” explained Dr Bernie Hogan, who researches social media and identify at the Oxford Internet Institute. “The good part is that you don’t get state interference and the bad is that you don’t get state interference.”
Launched in 2010, Diaspora is unlike Twitter, Facebook and most other social networks which rely on a central database. Instead it has an open, decentralised platform, with an estimated 1 million users. Anyone can download use the Diaspora software to set up their own “pod”, which is hosted on a private server but connects to the rest of the Diaspora network to share posts, messages and media. As on Facebook or Twitter, users have to choose who they follow in order to see their posts.
Diaspora was originally marketed as a user-owned social networking alternative to Facebook, that respects user privacy and data, to “be whoever you want to be” and “interact with whomever you choose in whatever way you want”. In the now-deleted blogpost from September 2011, its American founders said that “. our distributed design means no big corporation will ever control Diaspora. Diaspora will never sell your social life to advertisers, and you won’t have to conform to someone’s arbitrary rules or look over your shoulder before you speak.”
But the arrival of activists supporting Isis on the network has raised concerns for the administrators, who say there could be legal risks to pod administrators as content – including Isis propaganda – is copied onto it from the network.
The Diaspora Foundation, which controls the development of the software said in an unsigned statement on its website: “There is no central server, and there is therefore no way for the project’s core team to manipulate or remove contents from a particular node in the network (which we call a “pod”). This may be one of the reasons which attracted Isis activists to our network.”
People who own and run the individual pods, called “podmins”, can intervene if they desire or are compelled to do so, as happens on Twitter and other commercial social networks.
“Because this is such a crucial issue, we have accumulated a list of accounts related to Isis fighters, which are spread over a large number of pods, and we are in the process of talking to the podmins of those pods,” the foundation said. “So far, all of the larger pods have removed the Isis-related accounts and posts. This includes a high-volume account on JoinDiaspora.com which was apparently used as a main distribution channel.”
The foundation went to great lengths to point out that despite creating and maintaining the software, it has no direct control over how it is used, but would do anything it could to notify individual pod owners to the risks of hosting Isis material.
‘End up being a game of a whack-a-mole’
“I don’t think third-party censorship is going to be very successful – it’s just going to end up being a game of whack-a-mole,” said Hogan. “Instead we need to be impervious to this content and let it sadly wash over us.”
Hogan explained that the only way to combat this kind of propaganda was to not share it, not report it and not give those posting it a platform.
“It’s a collective, social responsibility to ensure that violent, potentially contagious content that could reinforce messages that we find problematic does not spread,” said Hogan.
Isis accounts have popped up on various social networks beyond the mainstream like Twitter and Facebook. Diaspora is the latest, but Isis has used Friendica and Quitter; both promptly shut down Isis accounts.
“Isis is certainly running out of platforms, especially those curated by third parties like Twitter,” said Hogan. “They could find their way to the dark web, but it obviously wouldn’t be particular useful for recruitment.”
These social media alternatives to Facebook are worth your time
This article covers a variety of solid alternatives to Facebook worth trying for those thinking of changing social networks because of privacy and security concerns or a need to try something new and exciting.
We’ve found eight Facebook alternatives showing there’s plenty of social media fish left in the internet sea.
Most-Promising Facebook Alternative: Minds
Strong focus of privacy and data security.
Posts, friends, and groups work similarly to Facebook.
Very active userbase.
Working out how the Minds token works can be very confusing at first.
Making money on Minds requires cryptocurrency knowhow.
Minds launched in 2015 in direct response to the growing concern around Facebook and the amount of data it was collecting on its users. The network prides itself on prioritizing its users’ privacy and security and, unlike Facebook, doesn’t collect user activity information to create an algorithmic activity feed at all.
The Minds network is accessible via a website and smartphone app, available on both iOS and Android devices. It works very similar to Facebook regarding its user profiles, feeds, posts, sharing, and groups. However, it does set itself apart by incorporating its cryptocurrency, which users can earn by creating engaging content. Subscribers can use the cryptocurrency, the Minds token, to promote posts on the network or exchanged for other crypto and cash.
Coolest FB Alternative Social Network: Vero
A very stylish smartphone app with a fresh design and premium feel.
A chronological timelines means you won’t miss posts by friends.
Connecting your phone’s contacts makes it very easy to find friends and family already on Vero.
The lack of a web version can make it hard to share your profile with others.
Vero will require new users to pay a membership fee eventually which could limit growth.
Vero is a terrific alternative to Facebook that’s worth checking out. This social network is an app-only service, but the app is beautifully designed and easy to use.
One of the main appeals of Vero is its chronological timeline which shows all of your feed’s posts in order of when they were published. Just like Facebook used to do back in the day. Vero’s also attracted many celebrities, which gives the experience a bit of a premium vibe and makes it feel more legitimate than some of the other alternate social media platforms. Its plans to transition to a paid model for all new users will enhance this elite feel. Current users don’t have to worry, though, as everyone who’s signed up before the change will have a free account for life.
Best Facebook Alternative for Artists: Ello
A strong focus on photographers, filmmakers, and other creators.
Available on the web and via smartphone apps.
Very visual design with large images and no ads.
The ambiguous menu items can make Ello very hard to navigate.
Those wanting to discuss non-art topics will be very bored very quickly.
Ello was the talk of the town when it launched in 2014 as one of the first serious competitors to the Facebook social network. Since its launch, however, Ello has evolved somewhat from a Facebook clone to becoming a social network that embraces users’ creativity.
Instead of asking users to post about their day and other interests, Ello now encourages its userbase to share their latest paintings, films, drawings, and photography while connecting with other creators in their area for real-world events and shows. Ello is a social network with a focus that will appeal to those interested in such creative topics.
Best FB Alternative for News: Twitter
Strong support for both the web and app versions.
Few other social networks come close to breaking news announcements than Twitter.
Very easy to use and a massive userbase.
It may be hard to convince older relatives to sign up.
A lot of Twitter’s trending topics can be junk, a problem Facebook also has.
Quit Facebook and looking for another social network with a strong news focus? You really can’t beat Twitter, which has well over 300 million monthly active users tweeting about the latest happenings worldwide.
News stories almost always break on Twitter before Facebook and other sites. Plus, this social network also provides users with the rare opportunity to interact with editors and journalists directly due to the high number of media personnel using the service. Twitter may not be great for catching up with family members, but when it comes to staying up-to-date on the news, it really can’t be topped.
Best Facebook Alternative for Work: LinkedIn
One of the safest social networks around with almost zero bullying and harassment.
A much better place for finding job openings than Facebook.
Highly engaged users on a variety of professional topics.
LinkedIn is not the place for family or personal discussions.
Connecting with accounts and inviting contacts to sign up is very confusing.
You’ve likely heard LinkedIn referred to as a reliable website for job seekers and recruiters. It’s also evolved into a solid social network in recent years with a renewed focus on its activity feed, the introduction of multimedia posts, and even stories.
While LinkedIn isn’t exactly an excellent alternative to Facebook for people who want to chat about family gossip. It is a great social network for those who wish to post and read about companies, finance, real estate, and other more professional topics. It’s also an excellent replacement for those who used the Facebook Marketplace to search for or post job openings. LinkedIn is vastly superior to Facebook in this regard as this entire social network is designed around the job application and employee discovery process.