Every picture that is loaded on the Internet is just a “right-click” away from being saved on someone’s computer…forever. Our Tweets are picked up and loaded on Google and now employers are trying to look at candidate’s Facebook profiles. What are we going to do? Are we going to take a step back from “fun” and “hide” our friends and post only serious remarks? Well, I like fun! I like the fact that I have a place to connect with the people that I grew up with and the friends that are so dear to my heart. Please understand that I would never have crazy pictures or language on my page but I do upload pictures from my phone to Facebook and I do laugh and respond to my friends. I know the Google bots have pulled images of me from Facebook and stored them in their image library. (Note to parents: Google your kids and click on “Images”…if you dare.)
Facebook is serious and so is Social Media and you do need to select your words and pictures to manage your image and personal brand. I do hope that I can still enjoy Facebook (without dropping my friends) but we all have to remember that we are living in a social media world and we are our own Paparazzi.
P.S. I’ll let you know when the Google bots add Chavez. He is trying to protect his brand.