“Hey Everyone, I’m About to Ruin My Online Reputation!”
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Anything, absolutely anything, you publish to a private social network can leak out to the public.
Most of the time, that insult about your boss, or that confession that you’re playing hooky on a Friday, remains private until one of your friends decides to repost it publicly.
Other times, people just assume that only their friends will ever see such confessions. Well, if that sounds like you, here’s your wake-up call.
What you see above is a simple search engine thrown together by two guys to demonstrate just how public your Facebook status updates are. Fortunately, the examples listed at the top of the search page are somewhat benign. But, you can see how easy it would be for your boss to see if you’re sharing company secrets. Your spouse to see that you’re cheating on them. Your…[fill in the blank].
Most online reputation management issues are self-inflicted. Before you hit that “publish” button, think about whether you’d be upset if what you’re about to say ever made it in front of your spouse/parents/kids/boss/pastor.