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 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,…