In our world of technology — Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google, and so much more — it is almost foolish to think that there is still a way to be private.
I know, you’re sitting there thinking, “But I can make my account private so only people I want to see can see it.” Right? WRONG.
Just because your account is private doesn’t mean that it necessarily always is. What if someone who you trust sees something you post and re-posts it? What if someone else posts something about you elsewhere without tagging you in it or letting you know it’s there? These are just a couple of scenarios of many that can infringe upon what you believe to be your private information.
The true question is, though, why are you putting information online that you do not want to be available to the public?
People have become so caught up lately with the internet not being a private place. With Facebook shifting to Timeline and revealing all these old “buried” images and things of the past, with Google’s new searching techniques, with websites selling our personal information to out-side companies. The world is shifting, and it’s about time we realize that we can no longer cover up what we want to be hidden. It’s all there, somewhere, and sooner or later it will be discovered.
It’s time we stop becoming so concerned with what is private and what isn’t, but rather start controlling our own content. We must be our own content managers.
It’s the old rule of thumb, if you would not want your grandmother seeing it, do not post it! It’s as simple as that.
And if you’re naïve enough to think that it doesn’t matter what is put on your Facebook, or G+, or Twitter, or wherever, because no one will ever find it… when is the last time you Googled yourself?
Did you ever stop to think that this is what future employers are doing once they have your name? Who else is Googling you? And as far as what pops up in Google, what does that say about you? Google is the new first impression & it’s in your control. What are you going to do with it?