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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Social Media Slim Down



As bloggers, we're all aware of the importance of numbers.  We count page views, unique monthly visitors, and (of course) our social media stats.  I keep my blog and personal social media accounts separate, and up until recently, I kept my personal social accounts public.  I was even hired at my new job because of my social media skills.

I was recently alerted that a photo of me was being used.  My first thought was that it was a blog photo... wrong.  It was a selfie taken a few years ago that had been yanked from my personal social media account.  It was creepy, and I'm still feeling all kinds of uncomfortable about it.

My response?  A social media slim down.  My first step was adjusting the security on my personal social media accounts.  I always thought public accounts were a great way to show that I had nothing to hide.  In all reality, they're great at giving someone who doesn't need insight into your life the opportunity to have insight into your life.  If someone wants to yank a poor quality selfie of me, imagine what other info they'd like to get their hands on.

I didn't finish by making my account private.  I started taking control of who could see what I posted.  When you take a look into who you're connecting with, you might be shocked.  On Facebook, I deleted over 700 people - exes + their friends and family, exes of my friends, names I didn't recognize, that girl I didn't care for from dance class, people I couldn't pick out of a crowd if my life depended on it, prom dress stores, someone that I barely knew that kept my feed clogged up with potty training stories about her child, animal accounts, men that were acquaintances, and a ton of people from middle school and high school that I hadn't seen in the past three years.  I currently have about 1200 Facebook friends, and I still find that to be excessive.

I don't post as much on my personal Twitter or Instagram, but I felt like it would be nice to just clear it all out at once.  I discovered I had accumulated quite a few rando dude followers during my three years of 'gramming, so that was really fun.  (FYI - Blocking followed by unblocking is the trick to force someone to unfollow you.)

You know when you go get your hair trimmed, and even though you got like half an inch cut off, you feel like a new person?  That's how cleaning out my personal social media made me feel.

This post isn't meant as a scare tactic, just a reminder that when it comes to social media, your safety comes first.  I learned in my self defense class that sometimes women put themselves in dangerous or uncomfortable situations because they don't want to be seen as a bitch.  Never feel guilty about denying a friend request, deleting someone, or blocking someone.

I'd love for you to share your favorite online safety tip with me!  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to take some selfies to share with my slimmed down timeline ;)  Stay safe, friends!



Isn't the photo from this post cool?  I can't take credit!  Check out more of Jack Moreh's work here.

19 comments:

  1. What a great reminder this post was! I didn't know that blocking and unblocking results in an unfollow. That's an awesome trick that I will have to start using! haha!

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  2. Definitely something every person on social media should do, I've done a social media slim down before and felt a lot safer and secure. I definitely should be making it a monthly thing to go through my social media accounts. Thanks for posting!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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  3. I love this, I have made sure that all of my personal accounts are private and even on my blog accounts, I check all of my followers and block anyone who seems suspicious to me! It's better to be safe than sorry!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  4. I always forget that there are weird people out there.
    I am definitely the most cautious about adding people on FB because it's my only truly "personal" account. My Insta and Twitter are for my blog for the most part.

    Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  5. These tips are great, I totally need to go through my facebook friends and clear out a few of them. In high school I had someone steal facebook photos of me and use them for role playing on a sex site. I only found out because a guy at my high school was on the site and recognized the photos of me (embarrassing). Luckily the guy was nice enough to tell me someone was using photos of me cheerleading, senior photos and modeling photos to role play or I never would have known. It was definitely a super creepy wake up call!

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  6. Love that you made this post for awareness! For the things I have to keep private (blog social medias) I tend to have a look at everyone who follows me, and I'll block them if they are...well, a creepy middle-aged man from another country. Gotta be careful!

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  7. This is an essential post considering how social media-heavy our society has become. I keep all of my personal accounts private thanks to old sorority guide lines and personal preferences. I keep my followers slim by only accepting people I truly know, and I remove those who I lose touch with on a regular basis.

    Thanks for sharing! xo. A Peachy Sonder

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  8. Internet safety is so important. There are so many creepy people lurking online that you really have to be careful.

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  9. These are great tips! I think people forget how important safety is when it comes to social media.Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This is too true! Every few months I try to clean out my social media a bit, and though it takes forever, it's totally worth it in the end!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA

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  11. People are so creepy these days. It's important to do this especially on your personal accounts!

    Lauren
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  12. I love that you titled this post Social Media Slim Down! It's really too perfect! I recently went through my personal Facebook and deleted a ton of people and it felt good! I definitely need to go through my blog Facebook now just to see who is following me there!

    xo Ashley

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  13. I love this post! It is so important to be aware of the harmful impacts of social media. I am so sorry to hear that you were a victim to it.
    Sophie
    Smitten Sophie

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  14. Yes, girl. Just yes. As a student teacher I know all to well the importance of keeping your social profiles private because I don't want my students having access to the things I post. When I first started the education program, I went through and deleted people just like you did (& the number was insane), it's so important because I don't want people that I manage to still be friends with screenshotting anything I put on FB and sharing it with all of their friends! Only the important people from now on :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  15. I'm a little freaked out because my accounts aren't private as I believe my brand is a reflection of me--but I could use a clean out for sure!

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  16. It's sad how common this is! I nannied for a family who has quadruplets, and the mom had her pictures/life stolen THREE times! It was so creepy, and just bizarre! The sad part is, most social media sites won't do anything about it when you report it! I think your ideas are so great!

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  17. I was just talking about this with someone after the event at with Malia Obama at Brown. We are far more public than we may think.

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  18. These are really great points to remember! If I don't know someone I never accept them. It's scary what people will do with your personal info. My personal accounts are all private but my blog accounts aren't. I could always take some time to delete FB friends, though I always find that I have too many randoms on there haha!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  19. That's so scary, but these are great tips to keep in mind! I recently went through one of the great Facebook Purges are already feel slightly better!
    xx, Southwestern Prepster

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