Before you post something online, how clearly do you think it through?
I take a photo I like, and I throw it onto Instagram like it’s nobody’s business. But it is, and that’s what’s kind of scary.
Recently I came across a random comment I left impulsively in a group online discussion about seven years ago (yeah, remember when forums were cool?!)(me neither haha). So I decided to do some self-indulgent Googling (yeah yeah, we’ve all done it), and it was strange to see how the wild wild web had pieced together this picture of me — and to think about how this would mean the world might perceive me. Long-forgotten images of bad haircuts, college exam results, a Google+ profile I used for about two days…
It disoriented me, and made me really think: who am I? But most of it was the person I was for an impulsive minute years ago (aka the day I decided to get bangs).
I know the younger gens have lessons in school when they’re taught the dangers of posting something online — those images, those comments, that idea of you is now owned by [insert tech company name here]. That image of you that your mom took and you uploaded to Facebook isn’t just yours, it’s Facebook’s. But how about us, who had to rope learn as all of this new social media came into being. Us guinea pigs who might deserve a carte blanche.
What Karlie said about controlling her image via social media really resonated with me. I love that she uses it to her advantage, that she’s considerate about what she feeds to the world online.
And so maybe should we all, right? (Supermodel or not.)