Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Storify, wordpress, Google+, … I am registered to so many social media platforms that I am not even sure I have not just forgotten one here on the list.
To be fair, I am not really using any as much as I am using Facebook, and maybe Instagram. The main reason why I have so many social media accounts is partly because of the course. During our first year of Journalism we had to create two wordpress- blog pages, and we had to register to Storify, Periscope and Twitter. So I did not really have a chance to get around it. But this only makes me realise how dependent we are on social media even in regards to our future careers.
I think overall I am absolutely not in control of what information is to find about myself online. Even though I am personally only sharing the information I am posting with my friends, I am on so many pictures made by other people, friends, family and event photographers that upload pictures – without them necessarily asking for permission. And that’s not only the case with Facebook but also with Instagram or Snapchat.
Since we were talking about it in the Seminar, I googled myself and – unfortunately – found pictures that I didn’t even know would exist. For that reason, I am aware that I’m not in control of the information available about myself online. And I was shocked that – especially through platforms like LinkedIn everyone is able to find out all your personal information (including address, professional background, home- country, …)
The other problem that I see is the degree of professionality that I would like to keep/ show online. But most probably this opportunity is already ruined.