Since the introduction of lockdown in response to COVID-19, the lines between work and home life have been forever blurred. Unfortunately, there is likely to be a similar situation taking place with regard to your social media accounts.
According to a recent study, more than half of all employers turn to social media to screen potential employees before feeling confident enough to hire them. Because of this, it is vital that you make sure your profiles are squeaky clean and give off the right impression. Don’t wait until you have graduated to start cleansing your social media accounts – start now! Here’s how.
Facebook is one of the social media platforms that provide users with a lot of control over who can see what when it comes to your profile. Be sure to customise your security settings. This means making doubly sure that any ‘incriminating’ posts or images are not accessible to anyone outside of your friendship circle.
Most people use Twitter to air their thoughts and opinions on various subjects. Keep in mind that your opinions are likely to change over time. This is particularly true if you first joined Twitter as a reckless teen who wasn’t concerned about causing offence!
Instead of taking hours to work through your tweeting history, look into free web-based tools, such as TweetDelete and TwitWipe. These tools help you eliminate old tweets posted during a specific time frame (such as five years ago) or relevant to a specific keyword.
It is really simple to keep prying eyes away from your Instagram activity by setting your account to private. There’s no need to work through a hundred different privacy settings in the process. Alternatively, you might want to consider making use of Instagram Stories rather than posting on your timeline. That way, you can be sure that your activity will only be visible for 24 hours. Never to be seen again – unless you save your stories to your Highlights, that is.
Cleansing your social media accounts for real
The bottom line is that you can never be too careful when it comes to your social media presence and reputation. If something seems iffy or controversial, it’s better to delete it just to be safe.