These days, everything is online — your profile, location, where you were last Wednesday at 8pm, or even that embarrassing 2010 emo version of yourself. Make no mistake, if it’s on the internet, anyone can find it.
Of course, we don’t want that. We don’t want what old social media posts our younger (read: stupid) selves have posted to come back and bite us in the tush.
So, it’s time for some cleaning! Here’s how to do that digital detox:
First up, it would be wise to limit what people can see on your Facebook account based on time that has passed. You certainly don’t want new colleagues seeing your crazy 2014 vacation! Since you can’t prevent social media stalking, prevent what they’ll be able to see on your Timeline instead. Head on to Settings → Privacy → Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline → Limit Posts and voila, social media is a safer space from prying eyes!
But, that’s just switching privacy settings. If you want to make sure those 2014 vacation photos never see the light of day, you can permanently clean up your Facebook page by deleting everything one by one. But ain’t nobody got time for that! You can do it faster with a Chrome extension — that just means you have to be on the Chrome browser to get this to work so download it if you haven’t already and we’ll proceed.
Download Social Book Post Manager (it’s free) and head on to your Facebook page’s Activity Log which can be found on the upper-right drop-down menu.
Once here, tap the Social Book Post Manager button which should also be on the upper-right side of your browser window.
Just input parameters and let it do all the deleting work! Just take note that this will take time but a clean slate is worth all that waiting.
Ah, Twitter. The 280 character limit (previously 140) is, of course, seen by many as an invite to spew whatever idiotic message they can cram in one go. This platform has historically brought one too many famous people to their knees via old viral Tweets unearthed by present haters.
Not saying you’ve Tweeted a lot of stupid things in the past — though, let’s be honest, you probably have — but deleting Twitter history seems like a smart move lest an old out-of-context tweet be used against you in the future.
If you’re (a.) talkative and (b.) have a long Twitter history, you might want help deleting your Tweets. Head on to Cardigan’s website and link your account.
This will allow you to delete your last 3,200 tweets; for some reason, Twitter has picked 3,200 as the magical number and any more than that, you’d need to pay for the service. What’s great is that Cardigan also allows you to remove Twitter likes because who knows what tweets 2012 you mass tapped on.
Another great free service is TweetDelete: The same premise stands, you can delete 3,200 old tweets in one go, but this allows you to pick what point in time those tweets would be from. Perfect for sentimental saps who want to erase only the real old tweets and keep the newer ones.
It also allows for automated deletion, meaning your tweets get automatically deleted after a certain time period — there are options from a week to a year.
Neither of these two services will erase all your Twitter history in one go, but all you need to do to achieve that clean slate is to redo the services over and over to get everything deleted, 3,200 tweets at a time. This may sound tedious but that’s way better than doing it per tweet.
Now, Instagram cleaning is tricky. Unlike the two previous social media platforms, I don’t really see why you’d mass delete your photos on this platform — unless you’re a serial IG poster without regard to feed aesthetics (gasp!).
Either way, I’d suggest archiving photos if you want them to disappear from your feed. This way, the photo isn’t gone forever and you can add it on to your feed if you suddenly decide that the aesthetic is up to par.
Something like Cleaner for Instagram (iOS; Android) can help you clean up. This includes not only deleting photos, but also unfollowing and cleaning up followers. Take note, though, that you can only do 50 actions on the free trial and after that, you’d have to pay for the Pro version.
Be warned that Instagram doesn’t like it when you use any third-party apps and they can construe all this quick cleaning as suspicious behavior which can lead to a ban. The best way, at least for this platform, is to just do everything manually.
After all these steps, your social media accounts will be as good as new, or at least as presentable as you’d want them to be.
How to wear green: Autumn’s most underrated color
Some tips on how you can subtly incorporate green to your looks this season
Despite everything I see on fashion editorials and on my feed, it’s always this time of the year when I become obsessed with green. When I think of fall, colors of rustic countryside and foliage come to mind. I imagine deep but vibrant hues — earth tones like rust, mustard, a deep red, and the entire brown spectrum.
This is why there’s no more perfect time to add green pieces to your looks than during autumn to winter — it’s not anyone’s go-to. Here are some tips on how you can subtly incorporate green to your looks this season:
Play it safe with olive
If emerald green is too much for you to pull off, start with moss, olive, or army green first. It’s almost like wearing a neutral but it still adds a hint of color to your outfit. A parka in this color is an easy choice that will go well with a lot of casual outfits. For when you want to look a little bit more dressed up, try wearing a mini bag in this shade.
The girl in the green scarf
Adding a splash of color to a neutral outfit with accessories is the easiest trick to pull off on anyone’s styling book. Make a green accessory the focal point of an otherwise ordinary everyday look. If you have a signature styling item, get it in an emerald green color. I’ve been obsessing over silky scarves lately. I wear them with my ponytail, as a headband, or on my purse.
New phone, new color
If you’re due for a smartphone upgrade, get a new color option instead of black. A lot of smartphones this year come in a new shade of green, including the new iPhone 11 Pro. Like a statement necklace, it can be a great focal point for your outfit. When there’s already too much going on with your look and you’re not confident enough to pull off color blocking, it’s best to cover it up with a neutral case that matches your purse and shoes.
Go green, all-green
Here’s yet another tonal dressing suggestion. While I love an all-nude look to stand out in a sea of tans and blacks this season, all-green is my next go-to — and it’s probably my favorite. It’s what started my love affair with tonal dressing to begin with. An all-green outfit is not as feminine as nude, but it’s just sophisticated. It’s not as much of a statement as wearing red from head to toe, but it will stand out just as much in a sea of blacks and tans.
Green was never something I would wear growing up; my teenager self never saw it to be flattering or versatile. Age changed that. It’s still a tricky color to wear — especially the bolder, more vibrant shades — but when styled right, it can be the most polished look you’ve pulled off in a long time.
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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season
For all your scrapbooking dreams
The holiday season is here!
If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.
The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).
instax Mini 9
The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!
The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.
Huawei Nova 5T: The phone that lets you be independent
What she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is
The modern woman is preoccupied with a lot of things: work, spending quality time with family and friends, learning new skills, self-care, maybe even finding romance. She has a lot going on, so what she needs in life are tools that help her just be who she is.
When it comes to smartphones, the Huawei Nova 5T is a phone she can rely on. With its super fast fingerprint unlock and 8GB of memory, she won’t need to do any more waiting than she already does in her day to day.
Having 128GB of storage, she can take as many photos and videos as she wants. And the flagship Kirin 980 processor assures her that she can do anything she ought to do and multitask like the career woman that she is. No compromises here.
Who says a girl needs an Instagram boyfriend? The 32MP selfie camera on the Huawei Nova 5T lets her take wide-angle and beautiful selfies and outfit shots all on her own, without having to rely on anyone else. And those cameras at the back give her professional-like photos, too. No more boring photos.
The modern woman hustles and stays connected and the Nova 5T can stay on with her for for as long as she needs it to be. When it runs out of juice, it gets up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
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