One of my fondest memories in college was sophomore year when I developed this huge crush on a guy and my two roommates and I would come back from classes and look at funny videos he and his friends would post. Pathetic? Maybe. But at the time I couldn’t help myself. He was so handsome and I always wanted to see if he had a new picture up.
Before then, a friend of mine taught me the ins and out of Facebook “researching”; I am very proud to say that I have passed on my knowledge to others. Going through someone’s social media pages, or “creeping,” is probably a daily habit we all practice. Whether we are on a break at work or just laying in bed late at night, we creep on everyone from ex-best friends to crushes to current significant others.
But creeping should be done with caution. One wrong move and you will want to move to the boonies in Montana. Here are some rules to live by when you decide to do a little social media research. They’ll make the creeping process a little smoother.
Do find out names of friends. To discover more of his likes and personality traits, check out his friends’ pages. Birds of a feather do flock together.
Don’t let others take the wheel. Friends or family can get a little carried away. The last thing you want is for them to accidentally like a picture of a cute guy from two years ago or an ex-friend you haven’t spoken to in three years.
Do use your knowledge to your advantage. Who knows if you might get a chance to have an extended interaction with the cutie you sit across from in class. Mention an interest of his to get the conversation going. With caution though. You don’t want him to know you’ve been creeping.
Don’t get too carried away. Remember it’s a social media page, not an actual person. Don’t let it affect your relationship with your boo, soon to be boo, or foe friend.
Do cover your tracks. Essentially, don’t leave whoever’s page your “researching” open on your phone or laptop.
Don’t tell others what you’ve been doing. This should be unwritten rule #1. The whole point of creeping is to keep it a secret. The more people you tell the more you will look like a stalker. Keep conducting your business and keep it to yourself unless you are sharing your knowledge with someone you trust.
You have now graduated from Facebook Creeping 101. Creep smart.