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Is instagram tricking us?

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Wipe the slate clean! INSTAGRAM’S PHOTO MAP


Is instagram tricking you?  Recently I got a call from someone saying that had changed their location settings and yet instagram was still geo tagging them. He said, "Is instagram tricking us?" Many of you thought that all you had to do was to stop clicking on "name this location."  This is not enough. 

Strangers can FIND YOU. 

Strangers can find you, details like the name of  your street and more. What happens when everyone knows exactly where you are located, every time you instagram? Does this attract strangers to you or if you are on vacation do you want people to know you are not home. Well they know because of the photo map even down to some surprising details. That's right. Changing location settings on your phone may not be enough. 

So what do you do. Make your profile private  to only allow approved users see your photo map OR try the following:

Go to the photo map, go to your profile  and hit the little grey marker. If it’s greyed out, you’re ok and already have it set to stay away and not track you. But if you can click on it,   you’ll be able to pull up map of all your instagram photos. This thanks to geotag.

You can zoom out to see the the map, and yes all the photos are there. Click “edit” in the upper-right hand side. When your photo count changes from green to blue click deselect all and then click done. Click “Confirm” and you are done. Way to go!


Great job. Now you have tidied up your map. You see, when people see where you have instagrammed over and over again they can correctly assume you live there. But by cleaning up your map, you are ahead of the game and can guard your privacy. Next then is next. Make sure your location settings from here on out will prevent Instagram from tagging a location to your photos.  You do have a choice. 

in Paris

CHICs that Check  settings Often.

Sometimes settings get turned on and off with out you being aware. I'm not sure why this is the case. This is most likely is an accident. Or perhaps reset on the part of instagram or your phone. Check often. Do your due diligence. Especially after updating your phone or your apps, the location settings get turned backed on. Not yet sure if I can say what my friend said, that they are tricking us, but certainly check every now and then as the geo tagging  and location settings gets turned back on sometimes when you may not be aware.

Instagram delayed POSTS

Instant may not be the way to go if you are on vacation. Delay your posts sometimes. It's great to show the pics later and let people know it has happened so that people don't try to break into your house while you are away. 




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