Perks, pitfalls of removing yourself from social media

San Francisco Chronicle - Part of the allure of social media is telling friends and strangers what’s happening in your life.

But suppose you are worried that you have revealed too much and want to protect your privacy. You can delete your social media accounts and try to cover up your digital footprints — but be warned: The process can be laborious and is not always foolproof.

You might be able to remove content you created, but it will be impossible to stop others from posting about you, said Allison Matherly, digital engagement coordinator at Texas Tech University. "In the long run, removing 100 percent of references to yourself from social media is highly improbable," she wrote in an email.

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