Category Archives: Stalking

Instagram adds post notifications to help you stalk better

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Instagram has added a new feature in their current release called Post notifications that allows you to get notified the moment someone posts a new photo.  You can think of this much like following someone with an added bonus.  Instead of them just appearing in your regular feed (or you having to manually visit their profile) you instantly know when a new picture was uploaded.

Instagram Post Notifications

To access this new feature you go to the persons profile you are wanting to be notified about.  Click the three dots in the upper right corner and the above menu will appear.  From there simply turn on post notifications. You will then get a separate prompt from mentions of your name, and comments or likes on your pictures letting you know they have a new photo to view.  Of course normal block and privacy rules apply.

So does this really mean more stalking? It does remove the need for someone to constantly refresh your page or profile. Mainly if you are public. Understandably a person would block someone they did not want following them. But how do you know someone is not trying to suddenly show up at places you are. It is all about posting smart and controlling what and when you share something.

Social media rules in parenting plans during divorces?

Social Media RulesA recent stream of articles and paid advertisements from attorneys are pushing you to include social media rules into parenting plans during divorces. This is different than how social media is often being used in court to show someone in negative light or even as a forced means of communication (Skype).

That idea of managing a child’s online footprint is becoming part of the conversations during a divorce and even after custody settlements as social networks become nearly ubiquitous ways of sharing information about one’s life and family.

The above quote is from StlToday in Dec 2012.

Most couples will have one or both sides that maintain multiple social network profiles, mainly Facebook of their own.  It seems that one side of the divorce is now asking that the other not be allowed to post pictures of the kids legally through the final parenting plans.

Social Identity in Three Layers interview with Pelpina Trip

Social Identity in Three Layers interview with Pelpina Trip

I had the opportunity to be interviewed while at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX  by my friend Pelpina Trip.  She is the host of WebWatching and published through FrankWatching, a large Netherlands based website portal.

I define the three layers for a social identity in this brief introduction to what will soon be a published book on social identity layers and steps to start creating your own layers now.  Including fake personas for security verifications on sites.

The video has taken off.  Much thanks to Pelpina, the film crew and FrankWatching.


Announcement: Social Stalking is now part of TheSocialNetworker

I am happy and relieved to announce that Social Stalking has now been merged and will be part of TheSocialNetworker.  Welcome to all the readers and subscribers from Social Stalking to a much larger pool of content.  Readers will now get the best of both sites in one location.

A while ago, there was a definite need to separate the content for all the social media site reviews, issues and concerns with privacy that I covered in live seminars, screencasts and blog postings.  Those lines have been blurred.

I have played with the idea of merging the content for some time and new developments in direction of content, writing and outside influence made the decision easy.

All of the past security and privacy content from has been merged into this site in the exact location and dates with redirections set from the previous site.  Screencasts will cover both topics, web and live events will cover both and blended content will be easier to follow.

So welcome to the moved readers and for those already here, welcome to the new content.