If we weren’t to have any mutual friends, none of you would of been able to find me on Facebook. Searching my name on Facebook would of return over 100 results and over 67,000 results on Google – it’s sometimes quite useful having an extremely common name (and another times not, miraculously someone with the same name went to my sixth form and emails never got sent to the right person – nightmare!). Although the first person who added me on Facebook at uni had to use a permalink to find me, and whilst I don’t appear to be that visible online, there’s probably too much information about me online.
Whilst I’m very aware of my online prescience at this moment in time, when I first signed up for Facebook back in 2008, I wasn’t clued up at all about online safety and shared all sorts of rubbish on the lowest privacy setting. Every time I get a notification from Facebook’s ‘On This Day’, I cringe so hard at the rubbish I posted and tend to delete it or change the privacy setting to ‘Only Me’.
I’d like to think my information is under my control, my Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are locked down, whereas my Twitter and Linkedin are not. The latter are not locked down because I purposely use these platforms to interact with the public. But at the end of the day, no matter how in control we think we are, someone can screenshot your content and re-upload it somewhere else for the entire world to see.