When I searched for myself online, I was surprised to see a Pinterest account under my name, an account which I had completely forgotten about! Thinking back the account was made for a previous class where I had to create a vision board with ideas and subjects that I am passionate about. At first the idea of anyone being able to search my name on the internet and see this worried me, as I would describe myself as a private person. However, I realized that nothing I had posted was bad and could be used in the future against me. This experience highlighted to me how easy it is for anyone to view my information and get a grasp of my interests and hobbies. For this reason, I like to have my social media accounts private.
However, in certain circumstances there are pictures posted on the internet for my tennis achievements, which are published from other sources. Having this information published on the internet doesn’t bother me as much because I am proud to share my achievements, and I look back at them with pride.
I looked through my other social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram and was happy to see that most of the things that I post are subjects that I love and am passionate about. For example, the majority of my posts are of my friends and family, my dog Milo, animals, tennis, baking, and cooking. I would say that my current digital footprint is a positive one and a good representation of who I am as a person.
When reading “Is Twitter A Stage”, I resonated with the similarity between a “stage actor and social media participant depend on the reactions of their audiences” (page 30). I found this funny and I have to agree with it. An actor working in the theatre relies on the audience’s approval to know if they are doing a good job, and it is the same for someone posting on social media. For example, when posting a picture on Instagram, I tend to look at how many likes and comments I get. I guess in a way I am asking for approval from my followers on if they liked what I posted, which would influence my future posts.
One of the key things that I took away from the TED talk with Nicola Osborne was the idea of being careful about the types of pictures you may post online, such as drinking with friends, as this could have serious implications on future employment potential. I think it is important to remember that nothing is ever private because it is so easy for other people to see your information and it could get into the wrong hands. Also, it is important to remember the impression you are giving other people when posting things online.
Another point that stuck out to me from the TED talk is it isn’t always the posts that I may put on social media that could be an issue. For instance, a picture that my friend posts with me tagged in is displayed as my digital footprint; thus, it is important to know and recognize if my friend’s post is appropriate and sees me in a positive light. Thankfully, I haven’t had to go through the experience of my friends tagging me in a picture that may be seen as inappropriate and displays me in a negative view.
I know that there are ways to limit my information and posts to strangers by setting my social media accounts to private. I feel like I have always been pretty good about remembering to only accept friend requests from people that I know and checking pictures and posts that I am tagged in.
Overall, this module has made me consider any future posts that I publish on social media and if they are a positive representation of who I am as a person. I want to look back in years to come and be happy about what it says about me. Even though social media can sound scary at times, I recognise that having a presence online can be creative and can create excellent opportunities, if I use it in the right way.
De Kosnik, A. (2019). “Is Twitter a Stage?: Theories of Social Media Platforms as Performance Spaces.” In De Kosnik A. & Feldman K. (Eds.), #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation (pp. 20-36). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvndv9md.5
Osborne, Nicola. “What Do Your Digital Footprints Say About You?”. Youtube. (2016). Retrieved 13 August 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVX8ZSAR4OY