The Simplest Way to Hide Old Facebook and Twitter Posts

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The internet isn't a forgiving place: If you grew up during the age of social media, every awkward photo, private thought, and questionable opinion your past self chose to broadcast online is still around for the world to see. You may not be able to delete the screen shots or memories of your followers, but you can make sure no new one is able to dig up those old posts—and you can do so without spending hours scrolling through your timeline.

According to Popular Science, Facebook gives users the option to hide all their content posted before a certain date. Just go to "Settings," then "Privacy," and select "Limit The Audience for Old Posts On Your Timeline." If your photos and statuses had previously been public, you can switch their privacy status to "Friends Only," making it impossible for future employers/in-laws/roommates who aren't connected with you on the platform to see them.

Of course, this won't stop anyone on your friends list from snooping through your Facebook history. To prevent that, you need to use a third-party service like the Chrome extension Social Book Post Manager. What this plugin does is automatically select all the posts you want to delete from a certain period so you don't have to. Highlighting the items and erasing them can take the program a few hours, but the process is still a lot more convenient than sifting through your timeline manually.

A similar app exists for Twitter. After heading to TweetDelete and signing into the service with your Twitter login and giving the app permission to access your account, all you need to do is specify how much of your profile you'd like deleted. You can choose to wipe every tweet older than three weeks, everything older than three years—just as long as the selected chunk falls within your last 3200 tweets. After the initial purge, TweetDelete will continue erasing tweets that reach that particular age until you revoke its access through your Twitter account's application settings.

Some people may want to cut down on their social presence for the sake of their careers or their reputations. Others are more concerned with how the actual platforms will use their data: Facebook, for example, looks at everything from your relationship status to your political leanings to make you a more appealing target for advertisers. Even the third-party apps that have access to your Facebook account likely know more about you than you're comfortable with.

To find out which Facebook advertisers have your data, go here—then resolve to keep your private information offline in the future.

[h/t Popular Science]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.

The 20 Best States for Singles

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Being single on Valentine's Day means you don't have to worry about cards, gifts, or date ideas. But if you'd like to do something romantic on February 14, your chances of snagging a date in time may depend on where you live. WalletHub crunched the numbers to create a definitive list of the best states to be single and looking for love in America.

To come up with its rankings, the personal finance site analyzed numerous data points for each state, including the proportion of single adults, nightlife and entertainment opportunities, and economic factors like cost of living. Combined, these qualities paint of picture of where you're most likely to find, afford, and enjoy a date.

Florida secured the number one position with a total score of 69.21 out of 100. Though it comes in 33rd out of the 50 states for economics, it places third for dating opportunities and fourth for romance and fun, earning it the top slot. It's followed by California with a score of 67.41 and Texas with 66.77. You can check out the top 20 states below, and see how all 50 states ranked at WalletHub.

  1. Florida // 69.21
  1. California // 67.41
  1. Texas // 66.77
  1. New York // 65.29
  1. Pennsylvania // 64.61
  1. Ohio // 63.10
  1. Illinois // 62.61
  1. Wisconsin // 61.13
  1. Massachusetts // 59.11
  1. Michigan // 58.56
  1. Arizona // 57.22
  1. New Jersey // 56.71
  1. Georgia // 56.11
  1. Colorado // 56.01
  1. North Carolina // 55.58
  1. Minnesota // 55.42
  1. Virginia // 54.98
  1. Washington // 54.76
  1. Missouri // 54.29
  1. Nevada // 53.64

The world uses Valentine's Day to celebrate romance, but you can take it as an opportunity to embrace singledom in 2020. If that's your plan, here are some vintage tips for living alone to keep in mind.

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