We’ve all been told that we should be careful about what we post on social media. If you’re careless, there might be things on your Facebook or Twitter which can haunt you down the road. But that doesn’t mean that you should be afraid to use social media.
Xpire is the most privacy-aware social media app yet, and it can control a number of your favourite social networks for you. With it you can finally be at ease while using social media. How can it finally fix all of your social media worries? Let’s take a look.
Xpire allows you to finally use social media without having to worry about the long-term effects of whatever you post. It works in two main ways: by allowing you to clean up your past posts, and by allowing you to create self-destructing messages that delete themselves after a predetermined amount of time.
This way, you won’t have any embarrassing posts left on your account, and you can continue to post new content and have it reliably disappear without a second thought.
Get Rid of Embarrassing Content
Using Xpire is very simple. After you get the app for iOS or for Android, you just need to authenticate with your different social media accounts. Currently there’s support for Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr on iOS, but only Twitter on Android (for the time being).
Once you’ve logged in, you can select any account and then go through your posts and easily delete whichever ones you don’t want to have there anymore. While you can just delete all of your old posts, it would be sufficient to just delete ones that you wouldn’t want an employer to see.
If you’re unsure how bad your account’s past posts are, then let the Social Score tell you. With an in-house algorithm, it scans through your posts and looks for certain content that could potentially be bad. Once it finishes, it’ll give you letter grade, where A+ is excellent and F is failing.
If need be, you can use the Social Score to see how your account looks — and continue to remove bad posts until you’re satisfied with your Social Score.
It’s easy to make new posts with Xpire that you’ll want deleted at a later time. Just create a new post, and then set how long the post should be live before you want the post to self-destruct. The app will send out the post, and later delete it for you as requested.
This way, you can still say what you want to say, but have it removed later on so you don’t have to deal with the long-term effects. The concept of self destruction in social media has been getting popular with good reason.
Other Privacy-Aware Social Media Apps
Xpire isn’t unique in its quest to make privacy-aware use of social media possible, as there are a handful of other services that can help you with this. There’s Privacy Scanner for Facebook by Micro Trend that checks your privacy settings (both globally and on a per-post basis) and alerts you of potential issues. PrivacyFix by AVG, secure.me by avast, and SocialGuard Privacy Scan by ZoneAlarm are also similar services. There’s also SimpleWash which allows you to remove old posts you don’t want anymore.
Self-destructing posts is actually a feature that Facebook was contemplating several months ago, but we haven’t seen or heard anything about it since. Otherwise, there are no major apps or services that provide this functionality. Facebook does, however, have its own privacy check-up tool that you can also use if you don’t want to use a third-party tool. Alternatively, you can comb through your content manually with the help of our unofficial Facebook privacy guide.
Xpire can do most of what all of these other services do (besides checking the privacy settings on each post) but on more services than just Facebook. The interface is very clean and easy to use, and this is available as a mobile app. Most of the other services must be used on a computer.
Finally Take Control
Xpire is still a young app that has a lot of potential in allowing you to more easily use social media with privacy in mind. Give Xpire a try and let them know what they can add as they’re definitely on the right track. It’s simply the easiest all-in-one tool to regain full control of what you share on social media.
In what ways do people usually share too much? What do you do to remain privacy-aware? Let us know in the comments!