I like to think I’m careful when it comes to my visibility online. I go by two different surnames, and only use Davis, the surname on my birth certificate for Linkedin (mainly because that’s the name I use when I apply for jobs). As Davis is such a common surname, and admittedly, I’m not an avid user of LinkedIn, I’m not even on the first page of results. I use the surname Killeen for the rest of my online social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, and again, I’m fairly careful with the information I put on there.
My Facebook account is private, so if you’re not friends with me on there, you’ll hopefully struggle to find very little information about me.
I chose not to sync my phone number with Facebook either. However, when it comes to pictures (and those awful tagged ones), I’m a little more careless. There are pictures of me going out with friends, pictures of me with my family, and also pictures where the location is on so everyone can see where I was. Perfect for those holiday pictures where you’re definitely but subtly trying to brag about being away for the summer.
Despite me thinking that I’m wary with my online presence, after a quick Google images search of myself, I came across a very old and embarrassing picture of me from about four years ago, that was once my profile picture on Facebook. Considering this picture is no longer on my profile, or anywhere else for that matter, it is almost scary how this picture is still online, and it has definitely convinced me that when you share an image on the internet, it’s there forever.