Many of us don’t even think about it. It wasn’t until very recently, when I enrolled in a personal branding class, that I began to give more than a second thought to my online presence…which is scary. Sure, I don’t want those drunken pictures of me dancing shirtless on the bar (oh come on, I’m joshin with ya). But other than that, I really never gave much thought to what was out there…other than a picture that made my nose look big…we can’t have THAT, can we now. But really…why is it that more people could give a crap about the image they are putting out there for the world to see? Shouldn’t we only want to project positive things about ourselves?
I know we all live in this happy little world where we think that if we make our facebook page private (a site that is well known for being plagued with security loopholes mind you), only our friends can see the shenanigans we are up to. And even if that WERE to be true…last time I checked most people have anywhere from 30 to 500 friends. You can’t tell me that you would want 30 people to see some of the stuff you are putting out there, let alone 500 people. And let’s be honest…you don’t REALLY know all of those people.
More importantly, would you want your boss or potential employer to see all of this nonsense? What you need to know is more and more businesses are checking your facebook page to get a glimpse of your social habits, and this includes your current employers. Your boss, or future boss, can QUITE EASILY get a hold of your password see those posts of the night when you were victoriously riding that mechanical bull while impressively balancing that Corona. Nice.
Moral of the story? Operate online as if you have no privacy…because in all reality you don’t.