Admittedly, if you search me under the correct nickname, you’ll find a lot about me on the internet. I was smart enough to make several nicknames from the start (this was probably influenced by my parents decision that I could not have a Facebook account in secondary due to privacy fears… so I created an alter ego).
Being very young, I had written a book that I am very glad people do not know how to find (it has cringe factor written all over it) I have the usual social media apps like Facebook , twitter and Instagram and also of course, WordPress but for my own other purposes beside writing this module.
I share most of my information with my friends but I don’t really have my family in that connection apart from a few cousins on Facebook. I prefer to talk face to face with my family and close ones (also, it’s better to avoid embarrassment when you post silly pictures).
I control everything I do on social media and avoid posting anything that could affect my future as a journalist. I learnt that you are taken more seriously with a professional platform on all levels. You cold however create a professional persona online but think of how many passwords you would need to remember!
As a member of a university campus that focuses on the arts, I feel it is important to own at least two forms of social media because they can lead to connections with industry professionals (think Linked-In and twitter). The downsides to owning so much online is that anybody can find you easily and use information you don’t want them knowing. For example, you can now access your medical records online that displays your whole history from the start. People can also find out your family members just through searching your surname and viewing images of you with them.
As long as we protect our data online, nothing terrible should happen but its a case of us making the first move and deciding what we post in the first place.