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The Top 10 Highest-Rated Reddit Posts of All Time

Hundreds of posts make it onto the front page of Reddit every day, but few will ever rise high enough to sit amongst Reddit’s all-time highest-rated posts. Only the very best earn that honor.

So, in this article we list some of the highest-rated Reddit posts of all time. Naturally, some subreddits are more popular than others, so we’re limiting this list to one post per subreddit.

10. Brave Soldier Buried Amongst His Devoted Troops (/r/todayilearned)

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Wikipedia is a source for the weird and wonderful. This Reddit post was submitted to /r/todayilearned, a subreddit all about sharing new information with others, and links to a Wikipedia article about Robert Gould Shaw.

This man led black troops in battle. When he died, Confederates buried him in a mass grave as an intended insult. Troops tried to recover his body, but his father sent them a letter to say: “We would not have his body removed from where it lies surrounded by his brave and devoted soldiers.”

9. Deangelo Juggles Balls for Real (/r/DunderMifflin)

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The Office was best when Steve Carell was the star, but the popular American sitcom still had its moments afterwards. One of those highlights was a scene with Will Ferrell, as the character Deangelo Vickers, when he pretends to juggle.

This Reddit post has 160,000 upvotes and was suitably posted in The Office’s subreddit, named after the fictional company featured in the show. The post is of that juggling scene, but edited so that he actually is chucking balls—complete with over-the-top music.

8. Battle for Net Neutrality (/r/books)

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The fight for net neutrality was one that was popular in many subreddits, but this post in /r/books received 179,000 upvotes. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat everyone and everything equally and not impose charges or blocks.

Unfortunately, this is at risk in the United States, and so this Reddit post was encouraging people to contact their local government to try to stop any bills passing.

7. Barack Obama’s AMA (/r/IAmA)

Reddit has a liberal leaning in general, so it makes sense that an interview (or in Reddit terms, an Ask Me Anything) with the then-President of the United States would gain 216,000 upvotes.

Thousands of users threw their questions into the mix and the President did quite well answering as many of them as he could. And while many expected the President to do nothing but dodge questions and self-promote, it was surprising to see him actually engage with some harder topics.

6. A Pooping Pun for the New Year (/r/AskReddit)

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The /r/AskReddit subreddit describes itself as “the place to ask and answer thought-provoking questions.” This post with 221,000 upvotes might disagree with that.

It’s simply a joke that involves a bodily function and the switch to the new year of 2019. Of course, you can simply change the year and the joke will be timeless. We won’t ruin the punchline, so go to the post to enjoy the joke for yourself. As you might expect, none of the comments in response are serious.

It’s perhaps a contender for one of the most unbelievably popular Reddit posts.

5. A VPN Provider Calls Out Senators (/r/pics)

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The users of Reddit obviously care about the neutrality of the internet and the right to remain relatively anonymous when online. That’s why this post received 258,000 upvotes.

This post is a photo of an advert by Private Internet Access, a VPN provider, in The New York Times. The company took out the advert to highlight the 50 US senators who voted to monitor citizen’s internet activity for financial gain.

4. Showing a Game You Mastered to Someone You Care About (/r/gaming)

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It’s a wonderful thing to be able to share your passions with family and friends. When it comes to video games, that can be tricky if you’ve been playing the game for years, have mastered everything about it, and thus have a different perspective.

This comic, upvoted 268,000 times, represents that charmingly. The experienced player is shielding the younger one from enemy fire while they learn the controls.

If you’ve ever taught someone the ropes on games like World of Warcraft or Fortnite, you should relate to this comic.

3. All News Anchors Say the Same Thing (/r/videos)

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”

Those words are repeated ad nauseam in this video that shows what happens when one company owns lots of local news stations. You might think it’s ironic that all of these Fox stations are worried about biased reporting when they’re all saying the same thing.

Indeed, over 280,000 Reddit users agreed when they upvoted this post, with one commenter noting how Orwellian the situation was.

2. NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar (/r/funny)

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You might not expect this post to have 307,000 upvotes based on the picture alone, but this is a classic example of Reddit running with something silly.

The person who posted this was in a cab when the driver excitedly showed them that they were on the front of the New York City Taxi Drivers calendar for 2018.

In the comments, the original poster reveals that this taxi driver also had the honor of being Mr. December.

1. The Senate (/r/movies)

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The highest rated post in Reddit history is this meme which gained a whopping 350,000 upvotes. It instructs users to upvote the post so that the image of Chancellor Palpatine from Star Wars appears whenever anyone searches Google for “The Senate.”

Surprisingly, the post is on /r/movies, rather than the more suitable /r/PrequelMemes (where people post memes about the Star Wars prequels.)

As any Star Wars fan will know, Chancellor Palpatine didn’t have the best intentions, so this post is poking fun at the United States Senate. Sadly, the image doesn’t actually appear when you search Google. So the ruse failed.

The Most Downvoted Reddit Comments

This has been a round-up of the most-popular Reddit posts of all time. Of course, it’s an ever-changing list, so this is merely a snapshot in time.

However, that’s enough positivity for one day, so here are the most-downvoted Reddit comments of all time.

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Reddit Polls Help You Gauge People’s Opinions

Reddit now officially supports Polls, with the social media platform rolling them out as a new type of post. This means that you can create a Poll on Reddit without needing to use a third-party service to do so. And the Poll can be about (almost) anything.

You have always been able to post a poll on Reddit. However, thanks to a lack of official support, you have had to use a third-party site to do so. Until now. After testing the feature for a few months, Reddit Polls are now available across the site.

How to Create a Poll on Reddit

In a post on /r/announcements/, Reddit describes Polls as “a brand new post type that encourages redditors to share their opinion via voting.” Anyone can create a Poll and then vote in that Poll. Polls are supported in all subreddits aside from text-only communities.

To create a Poll on Reddit, open the subreddit you want to post to and click “Create a Post”. Choose “Poll”, and enter a title, the question you want to ask, and the answers you want to offer. Finally, choose a “Voting Length”, and click “Post”.

Reddit Polls cannot be edited once published, so make sure you double-check every element before posting. As well as voting in a Poll, Reddit users can leave a comment on it. Which means the debate can continue beyond the simple act of voting.

You can create and vote in Polls on Android (be sure to update to the latest version of the app), iOS, and the new version of Reddit on the web. However, on the mobile web and the old version of Reddit, while you can vote, you cannot create Polls.

What Is Reddit and How Does It Work?

Polls are just the latest addition to Reddit—and a welcome one at that—with the social media platform regularly rolling out new features. However, if you’re completely new to Reddit, be sure to read our article explaining what Reddit is and how it works.

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How to Win at Facebook: 50+ Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Have you been using Facebook wrong this whole time? With these tips and tricks, you can unlock the full power of Facebook and make it work wonders for you.

Facebook has made all kinds of headlines for its controversial practices, yet people all over the world still use it. It’s hard to get by without Facebook when everyone you know uses it, so we don’t blame you if you haven’t jumped ship yet.

If you’ve decided that you’re still going to use Facebook, make sure you’re doing everything in your power to use it well. Don’t let it be a time sink. Don’t let Facebook have access to all your personal data. Don’t make mistakes that’ll embarrass you in front of friends and family. Here’s everything you need to know to become a master at Facebook.

Never seriously used Facebook before? We recommend starting with these articles for complete beginners:

Facebook Etiquette for Newbies

As with all things social, the Facebook platform has developed its own set of etiquette that users should be aware of (on top of general courtesy and decency that you should already be practicing). Here’s what you need to know:

Essential Tips and Tricks

One of the more frustrating parts of Facebook is not being able to figure out how to do something simple, like switching to another profile or preventing someone from showing up in your feed. Here are the key tips everyone should know as a Facebook user:

Advanced Tips and Tricks

In addition to the basic tips above, there are some cool things you can do with Facebook that may or may not be useful in your case. Might as well check them out and see if they are, though, right? Here are some more advanced tips that you shouldn’t overlook:

For Mobile Users

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If you mainly use Facebook on your smartphone or tablet, we have a few specialized tips that may help take your Facebook experience to the next level. Here’s what you need to know:

For Facebook Messenger

Facebook Privacy and Security: Issues and Concerns

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Online privacy and personal data security are the biggest question marks surrounding Facebook right now. Whether you’re stuck using Facebook against your will or you just can’t let go, be prudent and protect yourself to the best of your ability. Here’s everything you need to know:

And it gets worse!

Troubleshooting Facebook Problems

You’re bound to run into problems with Facebook at some point. For when you do, we recommend bookmarking our article dedicated to the most common Facebook problems you’re likely to run into and how to solve them yourself:

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You Can Now Browse Instagram With Friends Over Video Chat

Have you ever wanted to browse Instagram with friends? Well, now you can, with Instagram launching a Co-Watching feature. This is just one of several things Instagram is doing to make the COVID-19 crisis, and the subsequent self-isolation, easier to bear.

Instagram Helps Us Cope With Coronavirus

This pandemic requires everyone to play their part. Whether that’s through self-isolating, donating money, or supporting healthcare workers. We have already detailed how Nextdoor’s Help Map is helping people help neighbors, and now Instagram is doing its bit.

In a post on the Instagram Blog, Instagram outlines the steps it has taken to “help people access accurate information, stay safe, and stay connected.” The company has been working on these since the WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency.

How to Browse Instagram With Friends

The headline feature is Co-Watching, which lets you browse Instagram with friends remotely. This opens up a video chat with one or more friends, and lets you browse Instagram together. You can like posts, view stories, or watch Instagram Live together.

To start Co-Watching with a friend or friends, open the Direct tab, and click the video chat icon. You can either start a new video chat or start one in an existing thread. Then, tap the photo icon in the bottom-left corner to start browsing your account.

As well as Co-Watching, Instagram is rolling out educational resources for anyone searching for coronavirus and its related queries. As with Google’s COVID-19 minisite, there will be links to trusted sources such as the World Health Organization.

There are also stickers promoting accurate information, a donation sticker promoting relevant non-profitable charities, and a “Stay Home” sticker promoting social distancing. Instagram will also be cracking down on accounts trying to profit from the crisis.

How to Watch Instagram Live Videos in a Browser

It’s good to see Instagram doing its bit to help, and the Co-Watching feature should help Instagrammers keep in touch with friends far away. And if you’re using Instagram to get through this troubling time, here’s how to watch Instagram Live videos in a browser.

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How to Unlock Hidden Snapchat Filters and Lenses

One of the best reasons to use Snapchat is its collection of fun filters and lenses that make your selfies pop.

There are plenty of choices from the get-go, with the selection changing on a regular basis. However, Snapchat also has secret filters and lenses that you need to unlock before they’re accessible. And, even then, they may only be available for a limited time.

So, how do you unlock Snapchat filters and lenses? Including hidden ones? In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know.

Snapchat Filters and Lenses: What’s the Difference?

In Snapchat, there are two effects that you can apply to your photos and videos: filters and lenses. While they may sound like the same thing, there are some differences between them.

Snapchat lenses are the meat of the app and the feature that sets it apart from the rest. Essentially, lenses are augmented reality filters, and they’re mostly designed for your phone’s selfie camera. It’s how all the cool kids are turning themselves into cute dogs or puking rainbows.

Filters are more basic, as they mostly change the color of your image or video (like on Instagram). However, they can also add information, such as geofilters, time, or weather. Our list of the best Snapchat filters and lenses will help you find some new favorites.

How to Use Snapchat Filters

For the filters, all you need to do is snap a photo (front or rear cameras) and then swipe left and right to go through the different filters. The filters vary depending on whether you just took a still image or recorded a video.

The further right you swipe, the more unique filters you’ll see. These include geofilters, which are overlays featuring famous locations and cities, or special ones for holidays and events, such as sports games or music festivals.

When you’re out enjoying life, make sure to launch Snapchat, as you never know what geofilters you’ll find. If you’re feeling creative, you can even learn how to make your own Snapchat filter.

How to Use Lenses

If you’re new to Snapchat, you might not know where to look to find lenses. In the camera view, enable the selfie camera (front-facing) and then press the small smiley face icon to the right of the capture button. You can then scroll through the available lenses. The lenses on the left side are interactive games called Snappables, while the right side features the collection of standard lenses.

As you look through the lenses, you’ll see a preview of each one in action. There are special effects on each lens that occurs when you follow the directions on the screen. Some lenses work with the rear-facing camera too, and others are best used with a friend.

Always in Rotation

The fun with Snapchat lies in the always-changing line-up of available filters and lenses for users to choose from. While this means more variety from time-to-time, it also means not all of them are going to be around forever. If you want to use a lens, you’d better use it when you see it.

And of course, there are some limited edition lenses and filters that are only available briefly. These are mostly to promote that hot television show that’s airing, a product with a sponsor, or even certain theme parks.

How to Find and Use Snapcodes

Snapchat has special filters and lenses locked away behind Snapcodes. What are Snapcodes? They’re similar to QR codes, and you can find them on limited edition products, in tweets, or even through basic hyperlinks.

They are slightly different than normal QR codes, though, and you’ll be able to tell the difference right away. Snapcodes feature the Snapchat logo icon, with a dotted pattern surrounding the ghost mascot. Each Snapcode is unique and only lasts for a certain amount of time.

Scan the Snapcode

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If you find a Snapcode that’s a hyperlink, all you have to do is tap on the link to launch Snapchat and unlock the lens. But if you’re working with a Snapcode image, there’s slightly more work involved.

Launch Snapchat and then switch to the rear-view camera. Get the Snapcode into the viewfinder and have it focus so the image is clear. Then just do a long-press on the Snapcode on the screen until your phone vibrates when it’s recognized.

The Snapcode can be used for a variety of things, like making it easier to follow users, but we’re only discussing the ones to unlock lenses.

Unlock Your New Lens

After you scan the Snapcode or tap the link, you’ll see the name of the filter in a popup. Just tap on the Unlock button to add it to your Lens repertoire.

As mentioned earlier, each code is unique and you can only use it for a limited time. The duration that each Snapcode is available is different, but Snapchat tells you how long you can use it for once it’s unlocked.

On top of that, Snapcodes may not be available forever, as some of them are used to promote something. Even if you find some codes from previous promos, they may have expired already.

Experiment With New Lenses and Have Fun

Once you’ve unlocked a hidden lens, be sure to give it a spin!

To use your new Snapchat lenses, go back to the camera and enable selfie view using the front-facing camera. Then tap the smiley face button to access the available selfie filters and lenses. Any secret ones you’ve just unlocked show up first, so they’re the quickest to access. To use it, just tap the one you want and then follow the directions on the screen. It’s that easy!

Where to Find Hidden Lenses and Filters

We mentioned earlier that secret Snapchat filters and lenses are usually available for a limited time to promote a new product, popular TV show, or even a location. Because of this, the availability of secret filters varies. Here are some tips that can help you find more lenses and filters that you can temporarily add to your library.

Snapchat Lens Studio

Snapchat Lens Studio Lenses

On the Snapchat Lens Studio, you can find tons of lenses made by creative Snapchat users. When you arrive on the page, you’ll see a carousel of fun lenses handpicked by Snapchat itself. Simply scroll down the page to find a huge list of trending lenses. You can scan any of these Snapcodes to upload them to your app.

The Creators page features a list of official Snapchat lens creators. Here, you can browse through each lens creators’ profile, and experiment with the unique lenses they’ve made.

Find Lenses From the Snapchat App

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of scanning Snapcodes from Snapchat’s site, you can find even more lenses right from the Snapchat app.

As you scroll through the carousel of lenses, swipe up on the screen. This brings up a page full of popular Snapchat filters that don’t come with the app by default. Select any filters that look fun to use, and you can start using them instantly.

Keep an Eye Out for Promotions

Occasionally, a brand, TV show, movie, or even theme park might release a lens that you can only use for a limited time. In the past, HBO released a special filter to celebrate Game of Thrones season premiere. Even Wendy’s joined in on the Snapchat fun by putting a Snapcode on customers’ cups—every time the code got scanned, Wendy’s donated $5 to a foster care charity.

We can’t predict when these lenses will get released, so it’s best to just keep an eye out for any news on social media. When you see your friends snapping you with a lens you’ve never seen before, you’ll know that a new hidden Snapcode has been released.

Unlock Snapchat Filters and Start Snapping

Now that you know all about how Snapchat’s filters and lenses work, as well as the best ways to find them, it’s time to have some fun. Send some snaps using the new lenses you’ve discovered, and you’ll definitely surprise your friends.

To become even more Snapchat-savvy, check out the Snapchat features all users need to learn.

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The 18 Best Educational Instagram Accounts for Students

When used correctly, Instagram can become a great educational asset rather than an unhelpful distraction. If you use Instagram a lot, why not make the most of it? Especially if you’re a student.

To get more out of Instagram you need to find the right people to follow. Depending on your interests, that may be more difficult than it sounds. There are so many people and organizations on Instagram, it’s hard to pick out the good ones from a sea of choices.

To get you started, take a look at these great educational Instagram accounts. These are some of the best pages on Instagram for boosting your world knowledge.

1. NASA Goddard

NASA Goddard

If you love research and space, following the NASA Goddard account is a must. You can explore other worlds from the comfort of your phone. You’ll get a lot of pictures of astronauts, shuttle launches, and space shots straight from the Hubble Space Telescope.

2. National Geographic

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National Geographic posts about all sorts of topics, including nature, animals, and cultures. This Instagram account can quickly open up your mind to the wider world and make you more appreciative of all the awesome, unique things that exist out there.

3. The Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian is a group of American museums and research centers that focus on culture and human achievements. Its Instagram account is a great peak into the lives of famous figures from the past and a look at the lives of people that you might not normally encounter.

4. NOAA Fisheries

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Do you nerd out specifically over marine life? Do you just enjoy pictures of sea creatures and oceans? Then following the NOAA Fisheries Instagram account is a must. You don’t just get interesting pictures, but also detailed aquatic facts with every picture.

5. The American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History is based in New York City and its Instagram account shares the wonders of the natural world that brings history to life. It includes amazing photos of beautiful plants and creatures past and present, including dinosaurs and fossils.

6. Daily English Vocabulary Words

Daily English Vocabulary Words

There are over half a million English words. You’re never going to learn them all, but you can try with the Daily English Vocabulary Words Instagram account. Every day the account defines an unusual word and posts a quiz; try using one of the words you learn in your next assignment.

7. The British Library

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The British Library is the largest library in the world, based on how many items it has cataloged. Its Instagram page gives you an insight into its historical documents and a peak into its latest exhibits; perfect for any history buff.

8. The Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery is based in London, but its Instagram page allows it to share its unique art exhibits to the world. You’re bound to see something thought-provoking here and it’s an excellent resource for inspiring artistic students.

9. Health and Nutrition Facts

Health and Nutrition Facts

It can be difficult to eat well when you’re a student. That’s why the Health and Nutrition Facts Instagram is invaluable. Not only does it offer up tasty and simple recipes, but it also offers tips on how to stay healthy and avoid junk food.

Interested in improving your diet? Be sure to use one of these food diary apps to see how your food affects you.

10. Study With Maggie

Study With Maggie

You will write down a lot of information as a student and it can be difficult to keep those notes organized. That’s why Study With Maggie is great to follow because her neat journal notes are bound to inspire you. Or perhaps you’ll just admire the practice while you shove another crumpled notepad into your bag…

11. Subway Book Review

Subway Book Review

While your bookshelf is no doubt full of textbooks, don’t forget the power of a good story. Reading can help boost your creativity or just give you a break from study. Subway Book Review posts book recommendations from regular folk riding on public transport.

12. Homework Help Global

Homework Help Global

Studying for exams and writing assignments isn’t easy. However, there are various tips you can follow to help you improve at them. Homework Help Global is a great resource for that, offering advice on things like how to memorize information easier or how to make your arguments flow better in essays.

13. History in Pictures

History in Pictures

History is endlessly fascinating. The History in Pictures Instagram account brings our past to life, shining a spotlight on both famous and lesser-known moments of history, with each picture accompanied by interesting nuggets of information.

14. Humans of New York

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Humans of New York is a famous Instagram account and isn’t technically an educational resource, but it’s great to broaden your horizons and improve your empathy. Each day, the account tells the story of a random person out and about in New York City.

If you love Humans of New York, you should check out these other photography projects.

15. Tech by Guf

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Our planet is constantly evolving and technology plays a big part in that. The world that you enter once you finish school is going to be shaped by technology, so follow Tech by Guf to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations.

16. Pearson Students

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Pearson Students is a dominant textbook publisher in the United States, but its Instagram account is packed full of great advice for students. It offers support on making major decisions, tips for studying, interesting facts, plus the occasional laugh.

17. LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is a professional networking site. Its Instagram account highlights all sorts of jobs that different people fill around the world. It’s a great student resource to get thinking about what career you might want, or to just be inspired by others.

18. Dormify

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Your surroundings are a vital part to your well-being. Don’t let yourself be dragged down by living in a dingy dorm. Instead, follow Dormify so that you can be blasted with great tips on how to spice up your room. Alternatively, use it as a resource if you study something like interior decorating or fashion.

You Can Also Have a Laugh With Instagram

These are some of the best educational Instagram accounts to help you live your best life as a student. And they’ll be interesting to other people too.

However, Instagram is about much more than education, so if you also want to keep your Instagram account light, follow these funny Instagram accounts to brighten your day.

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Nextdoor’s Help Map Helps You Help Neighbors

Nextdoor has launched two new features which could prove invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis we’re currently living through. Help Map lets you volunteer to help your neighbors in need, while Nextdoor Groups allows you to create groups with like-minded individuals.

For the uninitiated, Nextdoor is a social network focused on local connections. It lets you connect with your neighbors, giving you a hub to share information, organize events, and recommend tradespeople. And it’s proving its worth amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Nextdoor Launches Features to Help Communities

In a post on the Nextdoor Blog, the social network introduces Help Map and Groups. Help Map is a brand new feature that seems tailor-made for this moment in time. Nextdoor Groups has been in beta for a while, but is now being made available globally.

Help Map is an interactive map which lets you offer help to those in need. This could be getting medicines or groceries for sickly neighbors under quarantine. Or checking in on elderly neighbors who may be feeling even more lonely now than usual.

Nextdoor Groups allows you to form groups of like-minded people or with specific purposes in mind. Examples include moms struggling to manage childcare while the schools are closed or people interested in keeping fit but struggling with motivation.

According to Nextdoor, groups have been forming organically since the COVID-19 crisis kicked in. However, the social network is now going to help more to form by encouraging members to “turn active conversation threads into groups”.

Remember to Take Care of Your Mental Health Too

These features could prove invaluable for people struggling to cope with this pandemic. While Nextdoor is popular, it’s nowhere near as big as some other social networks. These features could help it to shine at what is becoming an international time of crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis is going to be tough for a lot of people, with health and money worries sure to come to the fore. Which makes it even more essential that we all look after our mental health. To help, check out these positivity apps that can boost your spirits.

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Nextdoor’s Help Map Helps You Help Neighbors

Nextdoor has launched two new features which could prove invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis we’re currently living through. Help Map lets you volunteer to help your neighbors in need, while Nextdoor Groups allows you to create groups with like-minded individuals.

For the uninitiated, Nextdoor is a social network focused on local connections. It lets you connect with your neighbors, giving you a hub to share information, organize events, and recommend tradespeople. And it’s proving its worth amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Nextdoor Launches Features to Help Communities

In a post on the Nextdoor Blog, the social network introduces Help Map and Groups. Help Map is a brand new feature that seems tailor-made for this moment in time. Nextdoor Groups has been in beta for a while, but is now being made available globally.

Help Map is an interactive map which lets you offer help to those in need. This could be getting medicines or groceries for sickly neighbors under quarantine. Or checking in on elderly neighbors who may be feeling even more lonely now than usual.

Nextdoor Groups allows you to form groups of like-minded people or with specific purposes in mind. Examples include moms struggling to manage childcare while the schools are closed or people interested in keeping fit but struggling with motivation.

According to Nextdoor, groups have been forming organically since the COVID-19 crisis kicked in. However, the social network is now going to help more to form by encouraging members to “turn active conversation threads into groups”.

Remember to Take Care of Your Mental Health Too

These features could prove invaluable for people struggling to cope with this pandemic. While Nextdoor is popular, it’s nowhere near as big as some other social networks. These features could help it to shine at what is becoming an international time of crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis is going to be tough for a lot of people, with health and money worries sure to come to the fore. Which makes it even more essential that we all look after our mental health. To help, check out these positivity apps that can boost your spirits.

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Stop Snapchat Tracking! How to Turn Off Your Location on Snapchat

In 2017, Snapchat launched Snap Map, a feature that lets you see where your friends are, and lets your friends see where you are. It sounds creepy, but isn’t activated by default. Nonetheless,  not many users know much about Snap Map. Which is worrying.

So, how safe is Snapchat Map? Can you turn your location off on Snapchat? And can you spoof your location to prank friends or maintain your privacy? In this article, we’ll answer all of your questions about Snap Map.

What Is Snap Map?

Snap Map is an intuitive world map built into Snapchat that gives you a detailed look at where people are Snapping from at any given moment.

To access the Snapchat Map, open the app to the default camera screen then swipe downwards. Snap Map will open and you’ll need to click Allow. To see other people’s locations, you have to let Snapchat see yours.

With Snap Map open, you’ll see the Bitmojis of your friends, showing their exact location. It’s accurate to within a few meters. Heat maps will show areas with lots of activity. There’s also a scattering of popular events. Click on these to see a Story made up of various users’ Snaps.

And if you click elsewhere on the map, you can see recent snaps recorded at that location. These are recorded in Our Story, an image or video shared to a public channel. (You need to learn common Snapchat terminology before sharing too much on the app.)

Who Can See Your Location on Snapchat?

The first time you use Snap Map, you’ll be asked to select your privacy settings. You can also change those settings by clicking the gear icon at the top-right corner of the map:

  • Ghost Mode hides your location and removes your last location from Snapchat entirely.
  • My Friends gives you the option to allow all of your friends to see your location on the map. Or, you can opt to only allow specific friends to see your location.

Your location is only shared when you have the app open on your smartphone.

Should You Worry About Snapchat Map Tracking You?

An app having access to your location should be a red flag straight away. But many apps need this data. So what’s the problem with Snapchat tracking you too?

One issue is that, when people have selected their privacy settings, they tend to completely forget they’ve even activated Snap Map. If you’re on the app, you could unintentionally broadcast your location.

That has all sorts of ramifications that should make users and parents concerned. Here are just four reasons Snap Maps could be troublesome.

1. Snap Map Could Put Users at Serious Risk

Imagine you accept a Snapchat friend request from a stranger, a friend of a friend, or someone you’ve just met. And you’ve set your Snap Map settings to share your location with all of your friends.

Every time you open Snapchat, that person who you barely know will know exactly where you are. This is worrying in itself. But when you take into account that a good chunk of Snapchat’s users are young teenagers, it’s especially alarming.

If you want to see how troubling this is, watch this video: a man adds a young girl on Snapchat, and simply finds exactly where she’s hanging out in a local park.

2. Snap Map Destroys Your Privacy

Pretending you’re too unwell to go to work? Told your friends you’re too busy to come out? Hoping to avoid someone while you’re at the mall? Don’t want people to know you’re home? Be careful. Snapchat has made getting away with any of this much harder.

All it takes is a friend on Snapchat to notice where you actually are. You could be in trouble with your friends, or even your boss. It’s a rookie mistake, but does happens.

3. Snap Map Can Strain Relationships

Knowing who’s hanging out with each other at any time can undoubtedly put a strain on relationships. Knowing you’ve been excluded from a meetup can sour your friendship. In some cases, ignorance is bliss—especially if the reason for your exclusion is perfectly innocent.

But Snap Map has also been the cause of affairs being outed. And incorrect accusations when partners jump to the wrong conclusions after seeing a Bitmoji hanging with someone else.

All because they forgot to put their Snap Map on Ghost Mode.

4. Snap Map Could Let Everyone Know Where You Are

When you post to Our Story, you give Snapchat permission to include that snap in Discovery—and on the Snap Map if they so wish. That means that potentially anyone could see that snap (though not your username).

It’s vital you know this before posting to Our Story. The feature is community-based, so Snap Map’s inclusion is important. But how many who post to Our Story know their location can be seen by strangers?

It could leave you with an uncomfortable feeling of being a fly on the wall at private family events, dates, nights out, and even inside schools.

How to Turn Off Your Location on Snapchat Map

First off, if you don’t want potentially the entire world seeing a snap, don’t post it to Our Story. Second, if you’re having second thoughts about Snap Map, and don’t want your friends to know exactly where you are, activate Ghost Mode right now. It only takes a second.

To turn off the location feature on Snapchat, do this:

  1. Open the app and go to Snap Map by swiping down.
  2. Click the Gear icon at the top-right of the screen.
  3. Activate Ghost Mode. When asked how long for, select Until turned off.

Now, Snap Map will never share your location.

To go one step further, you could entirely disable location settings from Snapchat via the settings menu on your smartphone. To turn off Snap Map on iPhone, for instance, go to Settings > Snapchat > Location then toggle to either Never or Ask Next Time. This would, however, limit features like Snapchat’s geofilters, which activate according to where you are.

While you’re there, you may also want to turn off Allow friends to request my location.

How Long Does Your Location Stay on Snapchat Map?

Snap Map has its limitations. Where someone shows up on the Map depends entirely on when they last opened Snapchat. It doesn’t constantly send notifications wherever you go.

Similarly, if you device can’t connect to Wi-Fi, your location won’t update.

And if you leave the app unopened for long enough, Snap Map should delete your location after between six and eight hours.

How to Change Your Location on Snapchat Map

Can you spoof your location on Snapchat? It’s a natural enough question, especially if you’re worried that Snapchat is tracking you. Snapchat makes it difficult to change your location—that is, without major tampering with your smartphone, involving jailbreaking. It even blocks some VPNs.

If you don’t want specific people knowing where you are, but don’t want to use Ghost Mode, don’t open Snapchat. Let’s say you’re supposed to be at home, but need to pop out. Use Snapchat while at home; don’t use it when you’re down the shops. Snap Map should show you still at home as long as you don’t open the app elsewhere. You could also log out of the app before you leave the place you want Snap Map to show.

Your best option is going to your Settings, clicking on Snapchat, and altering location to Ask Next Time. Each time you go on the app, Snap Map won’t automatically connect to your phone’s GPS. You can decide to turn the Map on or leave it off every time you sign in.

A word of warning about faking locations: Spoofing your location may result in an instant ban from Snapchat.

To do this, you need to spoof your smartphone’s location using a third-party. Snapchat leeches off your device’s GPS to ascertain where you are. You can obviously search in your app store for “fake GPS location” but take note of how much they cost. While most offer free trials, some revert to subscriptions soon afterwards.

Fake GPS Location for Android is simple to navigate, as is Fake GPS Location for iPhone. Other services require you to tamper with your smartphone via Windows or Mac. Notably, iTools offers location masking alongside a range of other features like customizable ringtones and additional back-ups.

A word of warning: Snapchat will ban you immediately if it recognizes that you’ve suddenly moved halfway around the world. If you’re going to change location, don’t change it drastically. Even then, you could be stopped from using Snapchat altogether.

How to Keep Your Snap Map Secure

First, decide if you really need Snap Map. If not, don’t activate it. Click Ask Next Time in Settings if you want to use geofilters and decide on a case-by-case basis if you need Snap Map.

Know your Snap Map privacy settings. Remember: Ghost Mode means your friends can’t track you everywhere you go.

And if you’re a parent worried about your children using Snapchat, just have a sensible discussion with them about safety. There’s no point banning it and making them feel left out of friendship groups. In most circumstances, the app isn’t harmful. Nonetheless, you should brush up on your knowledge of some basic Snapchat security tips.

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How to Deactivate or Delete Your LinkedIn Account

If you no longer use an online service it’s a good idea to delete or deactivate your account. This is safer and more secure than letting it sit there unused.

Thankfully, you can deactivate or delete your LinkedIn account if you’re no longer searching for a job or interested in networking.

Here’s everything you need to know about deleting or deactivating your LinkedIn account…

Deactivating vs. Deleting Your LinkedIn Account

LinkedIn offers three options for limiting or cancelling your account: a hibernation feature, the option to limit public visibility, and fully deleting your account and data.

However, the hibernation feature is new and has only been rolled out to a limited number of users. So, as not every LinkedIn user currently has this option we’ll focus instead on showing you how to deactivate or delete your LinkedIn account.

Currently, LinkedIn suggests limiting the public visibility of your account if you don’t want to delete it completely. This prevents users who are not logged into the service from viewing your profile. However, it leaves your profile intact and viewable to LinkedIn users.

Deleting your LinkedIn account, on the other hand, removes your profile from the website completely. It also deletes articles, comments, and posts.

How to Deactivate Your LinkedIn Account

LinkedIn does not have a widely rolled out option for deactivating or disabling your account. Instead, all you can do is hide your account from search engine results. This also hides your profile from users who are not logged into LinkedIn.

To limit your profile visibility, select the Me menu to the top-right of the LinkedIn homepage and click on Settings and Privacy.

linkedin settings and privacy dropdown menu

This takes you to your privacy settings dashboard. Select the header that says Edit your public profile.

linked privacy edit your public profile menu

To the side of the Public profile settings page, you will see the option to Edit Visibility. Next to the heading Your profile’s public visibility, click on the slider to toggle it on or off.

linkedin toggle public profile visibility

This is, however, a little misleading. As LinkedIn notes, it may be several weeks before your profile stops showing up in search engine results. You can also still log in to your LinkedIn account and use the site’s services—and your profile will still be visible to your existing connections.

NB: Another relevant setting you should change is your profile visibility on partner services. This setting is in your LinkedIn privacy dashboard. Scroll down to Profile visibility off LinkedIn and toggle the setting to off.

toggle profile visibility off linkedin setting

Editing these settings is a far cry from properly disabling or deactivating your LinkedIn account, but it is currently the only option available for those who want to temporarily disable their LinkedIn account.

To limit your profile visibility from logged-in LinkedIn users, you need to edit specific fields of your profile (e.g. recommendations) and either hide or delete them.

How to Delete Your LinkedIn Account

Completely deleting your LinkedIn account is the only way to fully remove your profile so that it cannot be viewed by anyone, including other LinkedIn users.

To fully delete your LinkedIn account, select the Me menu to the top-right of your LinkedIn homepage and click Settings and Privacy.

linkedin close account option

Switch to the Account tab and scroll down to Closing your LinkedIn account. Click the Change button to start the deletion process.

linkedin close account page

LinkedIn will ask you to enter a reason for closing your account. Once you’ve selected one, click Next. Finally, enter your password on the next page and click Close account.

If you restore your account within 20 days, portions of your profile can be recovered. However, certain information such as recommendations and group memberships cannot be recovered.

How to Delete Other Social Media Accounts

If you want to take control of your online privacy and security, you can delete or deactivate other unused social media accounts.

To delete your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts, check out our guide explaining how to erase your social media presence.

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