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The Internet used to be fun

Ahh, the good ol' days when the internet was announced by a friendly voice telling you that "You've Got Mail!" During the early years of the net, the worst thing you had to worry about was encountering a "lurker" in a chatroom. Then came the rapid commercialization of the internet and social networking. Companies and criminals alike began recognizing the value of consumer data and making efforts to convert what they know about you into cash. A multi-billion dollar industry of Cyber Security was born and an entire generation of users started looking over their collective shoulder. The good news is that the rich content of the internet continues to evolve. The net is a treasure trove of information and images to delight the eye and challenge the imagination. Sure we have to be more cautious and keep to the safe path but security and awareness are a pretty small price to pay for the sum total of human knowledge.

Deleting Facebook Posts

The time honored method for removing Facebook posts at a time. To delete a post from your page, go to the post and click the down carat in the top-right corner. Select "delete from page" and the post is deleted. Facebook content is dynamic, so once you delete a post from your timeline even if it has been re-posted to other pages it will be deleted from other user's timelines once their pages have been refreshed.
 If you have more than the occasional post to delete, there is a handy tool recommended by one of my favorite tech sites, Lifehacker that you might want to explore. This is a Chrome extension called: "Social Book Post Manager" - that allows you to delete posts based on a date range or even a keyword. Check out the article on Lifehacker.

Deleting Twitter Posts

Deleting a tweet is simple, just a few clicks and the tweet is gone...

  • Visit your Profile page.
  • Locate the Tweet you want to delete.
  • Click the down-carat icon 
  • Click Delete Tweet.

Once deleted, the tweet and any re-tweets will be gone, however there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
 (1) If other people have copied and pasted part or all of your text into their own Tweet, their Tweets will not be removed.
 (2) If other people have retweeted your Tweet with a comment of their own, their Tweets will not be removed.
 (3) Tweets may be cached or cross-posted on third-party websites, applications, or search engines. These tweets cannot be removed.
 There are a number of sites and applications that allow you to delete multiple Tweets some of which are free and others are paid. One such application is Twitter Archive Eraser a free open-source application.

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