About 5/6 years ago I went through a phase of posting on social media a lot, however nowadays I only very rarely post on any social sites. Why is this? Its a mix of being too lazy and privacy. People’s oversharing on social media has gotten out of hand , so I have felt no need to share my personal life online. Also my last name Jones is one of the most common last names in the UK, even with my less popular first name I can be quite difficult to find online.
The most visible place I can be found on the internet is Facebook. I’ve had Facebook since 2009 and now my account is full of cringey photos and statuses, that honestly make no sense. In an attempt to shield the world from my hideous photos I have made a number of albums private. The ‘public’ can only see my profile picture, cover photo, where I am from and that I’m at the University at Westminster- so people who know me, would be able to recognise me from this basic information. But my friends can see more info, such as my birthday, schools, statuses and photos, as I have confirmed that I know them. It’s reasonably easily to control personal information on Facebook due to their clear privacy settings.
Similar to my Facebook situation, my You Tube channel is 7 years old and has many awful videos, which are all now private (apart from my videos from the last 4 years). This is easy to do as You Tube also has clear privacy settings.
My Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram have limited amounts of ‘personal’ information- mostly consisting of my name, pictures and things I have been doing, watching and enjoying. I allowed these accounts to be public because the information I share on these sites aren’t too personal, as the main feature of these sites to to connect with people you wouldn’t usually meet.