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]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The U.S. Postal Service Is Struggling—Buying Stamps Can Help

Inclement weather doesn't stop them, but a lack of funding could.
Inclement weather doesn't stop them, but a lack of funding could.
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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have drastically reduced the number of advertisements and other marketing materials they’re sending to consumers—and since a considerable chunk of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) revenue comes from those large mailings, the ongoing crisis has put the organization in a tough spot.

The importance of keeping the USPS afloat goes beyond simply wanting to preserve something that’s been around since the dawn of U.S. history. As Lifehacker explains, the institution delivers mail to every single household in the nation—be it by truck, boat, or even mule—which makes it a critical method of circulating necessary documents like paychecks and voting ballots. Without the USPS, it would be difficult to reach rural residents who might not have consistent phone or internet service.

So, how can we help? The USPS doesn’t get any taxpayer funds, relying instead on the sale of stamps and various shipping supplies. In other words, the best way to put money into the pockets of our postal guardians is to stock up on stamps.

There are dozens of different designs listed on USPS’s online store, which makes this charitable endeavor an especially fun one. You can, for example, decorate your envelope with Sally Ride, Scooby-Doo, or celebrated broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill. There are plenty of fruits and flowers to choose from, too, and even a lovely illustration of Walt Whitman, complete with a very thick mustache and a very piercing gaze. And we’d be remiss not to mention the existence of this mail carrier dog costume, which only costs $18.

An American hero.USPS.com

If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can also sign a petition to save the USPS by texting “USPS” to the number 50409. A chat program called Resistbot will walk you through the steps to add your name, and it’ll even send an automated message to your senators, letting them know you’ve signed the petition and support the continued operation of the USPS. You will have to enter your name, email address, and residential address, but the whole process takes about two minutes.

[h/t Lifehacker]