Creeping means “stalking” someone on social media. It involves checking them out or following what’s going on in their lives on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Creeping literally means to move slowly and cautiously so as not to be detected or noticed by others. To achieve this on social media, the creeper. Browses the timeline, status updates, Tweets, and other online bios of others. Or someone to find out more about them.
The social network allows people to check each other out without. Notifying the user that someone else is looking upon his or her timeline. While a creeper basically checks out a number of persons online constantly, a creep on the other hand is more of an obsessed person that stalks you online.
has increasingly become commonplace and especially common among young people. Young people regularly spend time checking out their friends and friends of their friends to see who they might want to date or befriend.
Facebook users can however reduce what others see in their timeline by setting privacy profiles so that only their friends can see what they have posted. If a mutual friend has posted something to someone’s timeline, you would be able to see the posting even if you are not connected to the individual. This is so because you are allowed to see most of what your own friends have posted even on other people’s timelines.
IS SOMEONE CREEPING ME ON FACEBOOK
Telling if someone is creeping us on Facebook is not very easy. Facebook and Twitter do not show who has viewed our profiles or pictures. They do not show or allow third-party apps. Telling who’s creeping though can be easier if the creeper ends up liking or commenting on our post or photo or favoring (retweeting) a tweet.
For Twitter too, one can see the list of his or her following. Viewing a person’s friends list on Facebook is governed by the individual’s privacy settings. LinkedIn allows people to see who is checking them out. This is done through a feature called “who’s viewed your profile”. The feature shows users how many people have checked out their profile in the past ninety days.
One basic rule of creeping is never told people you are not so close to that you have been checking them out online.
SIGNS THAT TELL YOU ARE BEING STALKED ONLINE
- Firstly, getting a friend request from somebody you do not know
- Secondly, someone liking your old photos or keeping tabs on them
- Thirdly, the reappearance of someone you had initially blocked
- Facebook stories give us insight into who is looking in our profiles
- Lastly, someone resending a friend requests that we had initially ignored.