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How to Stop Your Ex From Stalking You on Social Media

Social media makes it easy to keep in touch with people you otherwise wouldn’t see or hear from. If your best friend is travelling in a different country, or you’ve just moved to a new city and left your mates behind, it’s nice to be able keep up to date with what’s going on in everyone’s life.

Unfortunately, social media makes it just as easy for people you might not want to stay in touch with, to keep tabs on you and what you’re doing. This is really obvious after you break up with someone; it’s almost impossible to end things cleanly if Facebook’s News Feed algorithm keeps putting their posts front and center.

While you can go in and purge your News Feed, this doesn’t stop someone else from following everything you do. So, let’s look at how to stop people stalking you on the four major social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Facebook

Facebook is the easiest to deal with because everyone is (in theory) using their real identity. It only takes a few seconds to create a new Twitter account and follow someone, but creating a new Facebook account that’s believable enough that someone will accept a friend request from it? That takes time and effort.

How far you want to go to stop someone having access to your stuff is up to you. The simplest option is to just unfriend them. This way, after things blow over, you can add them again if you want. They’ll be able to see anything you share publicly but that’s it.

If unfriending someone is going to cause more drama than you want, you can also just set things so they can’t see your Facebook posts. This is a lot more subtle, but they will still be able to post stuff on your Timeline, comment on old posts they can see,…

The social media wrap up of TNW Conference 2017

The social media wrap up of TNW Conference 2017

Last Friday (19th May), another unforgettable chapter of TNW Conference 2017 came to a close in Amsterdam.

With the likes of Imran Khan (Chief Strategist, @Snapchat), David Karp (CEO, @Tumblr) and Ray Chan (cofounder and CEO, @9GAG) joining the stage as speakers, the event turned out to be nothing less than the perfect nerd date.

We also learned what really goes on when TNW staffers dismantle the event…

What REALLY went on after #TNW2017 closed… pic.twitter.com/BEoO0afbMe

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 20, 2017

The TNW Conference social setup

This year, our conference attracted over 25,000 attendees to Amsterdam. This physical presence pales in comparison to the 120 million people who followed via social media or watched the TNW x LiveU livestream.

In terms of TNW Conference coverage on social media, the international tech-loving community was able to follow every step of the event on Instagram Stories, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook thanks to the incredible social media team of 10 people who spent several months planning for the event.

The event also had a Social Media Command Center powered by hip innovative social data company SocialWall.me, who partnered with TNW Conference to create gorgeous social data visualizations.

It’s all about the hashtags, mentions and retweets

When we dive deep into Twitter’s data about the official hashtag #TNW2017, it shows us it generated an incredible 875+ million potential impressions during the week of the event, beating TNW Conference 2016’s haul of 453 million impressions.

Oh… and it was also trending in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and even the US!

Twitter trending in Netherlands…

Keep it coming #TNW2017 pic.twitter.com/bZa7b8xUha

— #TNW2017 (@TNWconference) May 18, 2017

Elsewhere on Twitter – over the two event days, there were 6,691 mentions of @TNWconference and over 9,000 tweets talking about it. These generated a total potential reach of over 119 million accounts.

Credit: socialwall.me

Top TNW Conference speakers on Twitter

The battle of the speakers on Twitter was won by DJ Hardwell who took out two number one spots as Most Popular Twitter Account and Most Popular Speaker, with his tweets generating over 7k retweets and 24k likes during the week of the conference.

CEO and Co-founder of The Next Web, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (@Boris), accrued the most amount of Twitter mentions,…

How to Report Someone on Snapchat

Snapchat, by its very nature, makes it very hard to deal with abuse. Unlike Facebook posts or Tweets, Snaps vanish in seconds and aren’t stored on Snapchat’s servers. If someone is posting something that violates Snapchat’s Terms of Service to their Story, it will stick around for 24 hours but that’s it. If a Snap is gone and it’s your word against someone else’s, there’s not a lot the Snapchat review team can do.

Still, with the caveat that things can be tricky, let’s look at how to report someone on Snapchat.

Unlike most other social networks, you can’t actually report posts or users from within the Snapchat app. Instead, you have to use the Support Site.

How to Report Someone on Snapchat

Snapchat, by its very nature, makes it very hard to deal with abuse. Unlike Facebook posts or Tweets, Snaps vanish in seconds and aren’t stored on Snapchat’s servers. If someone is posting something that violates Snapchat’s Terms of Service to their Story, it will stick around for 24 hours but that’s it. If a Snap is gone and it’s your word against someone else’s, there’s not a lot the Snapchat review team can do.

Still, with the caveat that things can be tricky, let’s look at how to report someone on Snapchat.

Unlike most other social networks, you can’t actually report posts or users from within the Snapchat app. Instead, you have to use the Support Site.

How to Delete Your Snapchat Account

As with all social media sites, sometimes people want a break from Snapchat. You could just log out, but then people can still send you messages and they’ll think you’re ignoring them when you don’t respond. Instead, it’s better to deactivate or delete your account.

If you want a more permanent solution, the steps are the same. When you deactivate your account, it will stay that way for 30 days. If you log back in within the 30 days, all your contacts will be restored and it will be like you never left. If you don’t, your account will be permanently deleted.

It’s impossible to deactivate your Snapchat account from the Snapchat app. Instead, you need to visit Snapchat’s account management…

Snap CEO on Facebook threat: ‘Just because Yahoo has a search box, it doesn’t mean they’re Google’

On Snap’s first earnings call as a public company Wednesday, Wall Street had a particularly burning question for Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel: “Does Facebook scare you?” asked Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG.

Following an earnings report that came in below analysts’ expectations on sales, profit and user growth—prompting Snap stock to plummet nearly 25% after-hours towards its IPO price of $17—26-year-old CEO Spiegel laughed at the question.

Greenfield had prefaced his query by noting that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced a new camera feature with augmented reality last month, positioning the social media company in direct competition with Snapchat, which describes itself as a camera company.

“At the end of…

Snapchat co-founders lose $2 billion after first quarter, throw shade at Facebook

Snapchat co-founders lose $2 billion after first quarter, throw shade at Facebook

After Snap Inc. reported its earnings for the first quarter on Wednesday afternoon, it’s co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy each lost more than $1 billion.

Don’t worry, they’re not out on the street now or anything like that – but the loss is significant given that it came after the company’s first-ever earnings report since it went public in March.

The ephemeral messaging service did alright this quarter, but it wasn’t good enough to impress investors. It saw year-on-year growth slow to its lowest in the past two years (adding 5 percent to hit 166 million users), and it missed revenue forecasts of $158…

Facebook’s plan worked: Snapchat hits 166 million users, 34 million fewer than Instagram Stories

Today Snap revealed that it now has 166 million daily users, 34 million fewer than Facebook’s Snapchat clone, Instagram Stories.

Let’s recap how this happened: Facebook launched Instagram Stories in August 2016, a completely transparent effort to rip off the formula that made Snapchat a success (and slow down Snapchat’s growth in the process). Facebook’s attempts to copy Snapchat usually fail — Poke, Slingshot, etc. — but Instagram Stories took off.

Investors were sweating over Snap’s growth last month, after Facebook said Instagram Stories…

Snapchat’s new ‘limitless’ snaps will change everything

Image: Snapchat

just dropped another update, and it changes, well, almost everything.

The update adds new “limitless” snaps (for snapping without time constraints), looping videos, emoji doodling, and a new Photoshop-like “magic eraser” tool that removes objects from your photos.

If that sounds like a lot to take in, that’s because it is. Taken together, the changes amount to one of Snapchat’s biggest updates so far.

The biggest change, of course is the addition of limitless snaps, which for the first time in Snapchat’s history allow you to send and view snaps without time limits. Now, when choosing how long you want a snap to last, the app will show “no limit” as one of the options.

With no limit, the snap will appear on your friends’ screens until they navigate away from it, either by…

Snapchat now lets you share content for as long as you want with Limitless Snaps and Looping Videos

Snapchat, the mobile messaging app that’s popular with millennials, is today unveiling four new creative tools as it looks to broaden its appeal with both existing and new users.

Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing new features rolling out today is what Snap is calling Limitless Snaps, which effectively lets you share photos within chats for an unlimited period of time. Given that Snapchat rose to prominence as an ephemeral messaging app that lets users share photos for no longer than 10 seconds, this is a notable departure for the company.

To set a snap to “limitless,” just hit the infinity icon that now exists within the timer, and it’s good to go. The photo will then be visible on a user’s screen for as long as they want it there, but as soon as they close the snap it vanishes for good.

Above: Limitless Snap: Timer

It’s worth noting here that Snapchat already offers some features that bring an element of permanence to content shared through the app. Text-based chats and voice bubbles between friends, for example, can be saved….