And it's not just employers, you know that blog you started in 2005, when your son was 11, and where you posted really embarrassing stories about him with funny but unflattering pictures and referred to him by his full name. Well, that kid's 16 now, and his classmates and potential girlfriend will find it.
So I'm declaring today as "Remember the Internet is Public" Day.
A few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Set your facebook to the highest possible privacy settings.
- If someone tags you with a picture that you wouldn't want your employer/potential spouse/mother to find, ask them to delete it, or at least ask them to change their privacy settings to "friends only".
- Go through your blog and delete things that could affect someone negatively in the future, ie cause yourself or your spouse/family to get fired/never hired, in trouble with the law (ok, so that's pretty extreme, but ...), etc.
- Don't post stuff on twitter something that could cause you or your spouse/family to get fired/never hired, etc.
- When you post on twitter, remember that it can now be googled. To stop this from happening, you might want to use abbreviations or misspellings instead. For instance, you can tweet about A. in Wunderland.
- When you post on twitter, remember that tweets are now being preserved by the Library of Congress.