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Since their 2016 rollout, Instagram Stories have been a phenomenon. Users can post freely about their day, interests, thoughts, outfits, accomplishments, and more—without considering whether the information is worth going on the grid or the anxiety that comes with waiting for the public likes and comments to roll in. Stories disappear after 24 hours, so they’re just temporary bursts of information with no real drawback.
What they lack in public-facing stressors, though, they make up for in private: The poster of a Story can see everyone who looks at it, which is not true for grid posts. This in itself can be fraught. If your ex is posting on their Story a bunch, you obviously want to know what they’re sharing, especially since you only have 24 days to figure it out—but you don’t want them to know that you want to know!
Having your name appear on the list of viewers isn’t always desirable—but it can be avoided, with varying degrees of success. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too. You can see the Story without being seen. Here are a few ways.
Make a creeping account
Creeping accounts are super common. Call them creepers, burners, install, or whatever you want, but they serve the same purpose: This account can be more anonymous, and no one has to know it’s you. Kim Kardashian employs this method, for instance, and copped to it in a podcast interview released earlier this week.
There are some drawbacks to burner accounts. First, Instagram rolled out a feature a while back that enables users to block not only you but any other accounts you create that are tied to your primary one. Your burners could be blocked before you even create them.
Second, if the person you want to creep on has a private account, you’re going to have to request to follow them. They probably won’t grant your request if your account is called, like, bojangles348930, has no identifying profile picture, no posts, and an outsized following-to-followers ratio. (It’s clearly a burner.) What you can do, of course, is craft a hefty fake persona and spend a lot of time creating a false life for it by posting a lot, gaining followers, and generally being active. Still, even if you create an absolutely robust fake account for a phony person, why would the person you want to creep grant you alter ego access to their private account?
Burner accounts really only work if you want to see the Story of someone with a public account. Be warned, of course, if they get few views or are just (rightfully) paranoid, they may block you after seeing an account they don’t recognize on the list. Unless you…
View the story, then block the person
Use this method on people you don’t follow, whether you use your real account or a burner. If you view a Story, then immediately block the poster, they won’t see your name on the list unless they happen to be looking in that split second before you finalize the block. If their story is long, this could be a concern, as your name will be visible on the first slides for however long it takes you to view the final ones.
This is a tried-and-true method. After 24 hours are up, unblock them and view the new Story, then block them again.
Try to only do this with a creeping account, however, because if you do it on your real one and the person in question gets suspicious, searches for your account, and finds that they’re blocked, you may have some explaining to do.
Go on airplane mode
A few of the first slides in any Story are preloaded by Instagram, which is why they pop up so fast while newer slides take a second to load. You can open a person’s profile, toggle on airplane mode, and view whichever slides have preloaded in safety. Your name won’t appear on the viewers’ list. Still, not all the slides in a long story will preload, so you’ll only see a few this way.
Use the pull-over method
This tip generally only works for iPhone users, so be warned about that upfront. Called, at times, Insta-peeking, this method involves navigating to your feed, where you see all the available Stories lined up at the top. Open a Story to the left or right of the one you want to see, but don’t want to be caught looking at. Then, hold your finger down on the Story to pause it and carefully—so carefully—slide your finger in the opposite direction of the Story you want to see.
Say you want to see your friend Jane’s Story, but don’t want her to know you looked. In the lineup at the top of your feed, Jane’s story appears to the left of Jill’s. Open Jill’s Story, pause it, and slide your finger to the right. You’ll see that Jill’s Story starts to disappear and part of Jane’s Story is now visible. You’ll only see the last slide of whatever Jane posted and you won’t see the full thing, but you will get a sense of what the slide says.
Bear in mind here that for this one to work, you need to be following the person you want to creep on so their Story appears alongside others at the top of your feed. Also, note that any wrong move or slip of the finger will open up the Story in question. Practice this method a few times on Stories you don’t care about.
For a real one-two punch, you can use airplane mode to view a person’s first few slides, then transition to Insta-peeking to see the final one.
Use third-party apps
Developers have identified a need for Story creeping among the masses and have responded with a variety of third-party apps that purport to give you the ability to view a Story without being detected. They have shady security and some of them don’t work. If a site or app asks you to log in with your Instagram credentials, please don’t do it.
One that does have a decent reputation for working is InstaStories. You don’t have to log in and, as long as the person you’re trying to creep on has a public account, you can view the whole Story. We tried this one and can confirm it makes the Story visible without giving any indication to the poster that anyone suspicious has viewed it.
Saving Your Carpets This Winter: Tips and Tricks To Keep Your Home Clean
Chilly months are just around the corner, and it can be tough to keep your carpets in tip-top shape when you’re dealing with family and pets tracking in slush, mud, and salt. Here, we’ll take a look at the top things that you can do to help save your carpets over the winter.
Consider a Shoes-Off Policy
We know–it can be tough to remember to take your shoes off the moment you walk into the door, but doing so can help keep outside grime off of your carpet. In addition to asking family to remove their shoes when they come inside, consider a basket near the front door with comfy slippers to encourage guests to do the same.
Replace Your Outdoor Mats
Switching over from fall to winter welcome mats can be a smart way to help get dirt and salt off of your shoes before you enter your home. Look for a welcome mat that’s rough and filled with ridges to help pull any debris off your shoes before you enter the house.
Try Pet Booties
It may sound a little silly, but purchasing booties for your pets can make it easier to keep their paws clean after they go outside to go to the bathroom. Bonus: your pet’s booties can also help kep their feet safe from irritating salt and ice when you head out for chilly winter walks.
Placing carpet runners over your flooring can make it easier for you to keep your floors clean during the winter. A well-placed runner over the most commonly traveled areas of your house can help your carpets last for years longer than they would without covering.
Don’t Forget To Have Your Carpets Cleaned By The Pros
Be sure to book a professional carpet cleaning Toledo for the end of the winter season. Failure to do so can result in marks around your runners, and can allow dirt and grime to set in for good. Add a professional carpet cleaning to your spring cleaning to-do list after the chilly months have passed.
Call SteamEx For Carpet Cleaning Services Toledo
No matter what the time of year, it’s important to have your carpets cleaned regularly to help them stand the test of time. We’re here to help. Reach out to us today to chat about how our Toledo carpet cleaning company can help keep your floors in tip-top shape.
Yarder Manufacturing: Sustainability of Sheet Metal Laser Cutting
The Sustainability of Sheet Metal Laser Cutting: Breaking Things Down
If you had to make a list of some of the issues that are critically important for people today, sustainability is right at the top.
People want to do their part to help protect our fragile environment for future generations and, in the B2B world in particular, they’re increasingly choosing partners for their supply chains that believe the same. Thankfully, many organizations like Yarder Manufacturing are going out of their way to accomplish precisely that, offering sustainable laser cutting services that allow us to do our part to combat these types of issues head-on.
Sheet Metal Fabrication in a Sustainable World: An Overview
One of the ways in which sheet metal laser cutting services in particular are inherently sustainable has to do with their precise nature. Because the laser can be used for extremely thin and accurate cutting, you’re dealing with far less material waste than you would be through alternative methods.
Some other types of cutting techniques can have tolerances of roughly 1/8” which, to be fair, is quite variable. But with laser cutting, you’re looking at tolerances that can get all the way down to 0.005”. This leads to a far higher material utilization rate than most clients are commonly used to.
This makes it all the more beneficial that laser cutting can be used on any type of material you might be working with. And now with our fiber optic laser this even incudes copper that was not previously possible because of the reflective properties.
Another one of the major reasons why sheet metal laser cutting (and this type of fabrication in general) is sustainable has to do with the low power utilization that this type of equipment is known for. With other types of tools, you’re typically dealing with machines that have a lot of moving parts. Those parts require a significant amount of energy to operate, thus increasing costs for businesses and increasing their carbon footprint at the same time.
With laser cutting, you don’t have to worry about that. Laser cutters don’t require a lot of movement to operate efficiently, thus consuming smaller amounts of energy as well. There are also no lubricants needed in sheet metal laser cutting that could potentially harm the environment.
Finally, one way that a lot of companies have been embracing the sustainable nature of laser cutting has to do with investing in high-quality machines that are built to last. There are manufacturers that are building laser cutters that can last 15 years or more, even under heavy use. This again helps to reduce contamination from older and less efficient equipment and helps save money on behalf of the buyer at the same time.
If you’d like to find out more information about the lengths a sheet metal laser cutting company is willing to go to in order to be sustainable, or if you’d just like to discuss the specifics of your next big project with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact the team at yarded Manufacturing today.
How To Properly Protect Your Commercial Business From Harm
If you run a business, it is important for you to make sure you protect it. Regardless of whether you run a small business, a medium-sized company, or a large enterprise corporation, you need to protect yourself against a variety of threats. Even though a lot of people are focused on cybersecurity, it is also critical to pay attention to your physical security. What are a few of the most important areas you need to consider if you want to make sure that your company is protected from harm?
The Right Commercial Video Surveillance System
First, you need to invest in quality commercial video surveillance systems. There are several reasons why they are important. They include:
- Security cameras can serve as a deterrent against people who might otherwise try to steal from your company.
- You can use security cameras to support your employees in the event of a dispute.
- Security cameras could also encourage your employees to stay on task, increasing productivity.
Think carefully about the different commercial video surveillance systems, and decide which one is right for your needs.
Support From the Right Security System Company
You also need to find the right security company to provide you with the support you require. For example, if your business is not open during the night or on weekends, you need a security company that can keep an eye on your security system and let you know if something goes wrong. If you know someone is consistently watching your company for you, you will have an easier time focusing on the task at hand or relaxing when you go home in the evening.
Commercial Fire Alarm Systems and Smoke Detectors
While you should certainly think about burglars and criminals, you also need to think about fires. A fire can happen at any time, and it is important for you to invest in quality smoke detectors and fire alarm systems. Ideally, you should have a fire alarm system that will automatically notify the fire station if a fire is detected. You might also want to invest in some sprinklers that can go off automatically to put out any flames. Do not forget that you need to get carbon monoxide detectors as well, as this colorless, odorless gas is very dangerous.
Protect Your Company Accordingly
Ultimately, these are just a few of the most important points you should keep in mind if you want to make sure your business is protected. There are plenty of options available, and you need to consider the benefits and drawbacks before you decide which option is best for your needs. Keep in mind that this is not something you need to decide on your own. Do not hesitate to reach out to a professional who can help you. At APC, it would be our pleasure to help you find the right security system for your business. Do not hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how we can assist you.