Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Keep It on the DL

Here's the thing. I love-hate social media. It has some serious positive aspects to it. I've received free swag for simply posting a picture; Erin was given a credit to get tickets after being screwed on Craigslist, and then there's all of you in general.

But on the other side, it's a lot to keep up with. I figured Buffer and HootSuite would make my life a bit easier and for tweeting my posts, it does. But you can't schedule funny. That's in the moment. It has to unfold on it's own... and then you tweet, Instagram or Facebook about it.

One of the things I don't usually discuss on Le Blog is work. I try to keep that part of my life separate. And with our ever-growing digital footprints, why not? Now that you can log in to practically any site with Facebook, it makes you connected. And trackable.


I try to keep my footprint as small as possible. I Google myself every couple of months, both web and images, to see what pops up to keep a check on things. There's nothing worse than having that photo you wouldn't want your potential boss to see pop up because it's linked to your Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Instagram, etc. account. The fact of the matter is, there's no hiding on the Internet.

So how do you go about using all your favorite sites but keeping yourself semi-private?

Facebook isn't always your friend. Sure it's easy to just use your Facebook log in. But easy doesn't mean it's the best choice. With all of Facebook's tracking abilities I personally try to keep Big Brother from attaching itself to the other accounts I have. Why? Because I don't want or need a "super site" knowing everything about me, my likes, hobbies and friends.

The Internet: To infinity and beyond.  We all know the line. What goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet. The thing is, it's mostly true. Sure you can delete photos or close accounts, but somewhere, those cookies will come back to haunt you. Anything posted on Instagram, which is now controlled by Facebook, is pretty much out in the open. Especially if you've added hashtags. Even if you make yourself private after a while, anything before that is out there.

Why is this stuff worth worrying about? Take a look.

I've reduced my online presence a lot in that last few months. Partially by choice and part because it just happened that way. I have too much going on to be on all the time. And I'd rather it be this way so that I'm living a real life, not just an online one.

I try not to post anything too outrageous so that it doesn't come back to bite me in the ass. I keep my photos tasteful and don't use my Facebook account to log in to other sites. It means I have a shit-ton of passwords to remember (Thanks Keeper app!) but it also means that my entire online life isn't out there for the world to see. It means that potential employers can Google my name and not think twice about the person they may be hiring.

What does your footprint say?


  1. I like that infographic, but I feel like the college one is a stretch. How can people be sure that they got rejected from college bc of social media? That seems kind of like a convenient excuse (I didn't get into Princeton because I'm too much of a bad ass on twitter! The indignity!)

    Maybe I'm being overly critical...

  2. I'm so glad I'm a dinosaur in some ways. It will take awhile for the authorities to catch up with someone like me who still lives in the 80's.

  3. Eww! Sometimes Facebook creeps me out a little. I've had ads targeted towards custody how does Facebook know I'm a single mom???

  4. I think about this CONSTANTLY. And I feel the same about Facebook. I don't connect it to anything!

  5. I just googled myself, and I think I'm okay ;) I'll have to remember to not "Log In With Facebook".