How visible are you online?


It’s amazing what you can find out about someone on the internet. Before the internet’s invention, the only way to snoop on someone would be to read about them in a biography/auto-biography, a newspaper or maybe snaps that they had taken using their film camera?

Since joining University, I have made myself extremely visible on the web, across all social media platforms. This is because of the type of work that I am chasing. As a budding Radio presenter, I think it is important to be across all of these networks and by hiding something, will make an employer think “what have they got to hide?”

When “Googling” myself (other search engines are available :D), you come across the following social media profiles of mine: LinkedIn, Twitter, SoundCloud, My own website (why is this not at the top!), Audioboom and Instagram.

Funny enough, Facebook does not appear on the list, but in some ways, I am kind of glad about this because I use Facebook more for family and close friends, therefore I would prefer businesses and employers not to have direct access into this system – I think I may lock down this platform to friends only, once I have finished this post. But will an employer then think I am hiding something?







Online Connection

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of   mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly   – Martin Luther King Jr.

Agreed, we are not alone in this universe. But that’s the beauty of it. In this century we are succumbed to the internet mutiny, everyone is on the internet today, there are over a billion people on Facebook, 100 million Instagram users, and hundreds of such platforms online that we use. We connect and meet thousands of people from a 1000 miles away to continents away and maybe even 2 miles away (if its a match!), probably the connection we share with everyone today is bonded over these platforms. I use twitter to inform news to my friends in 140 character, Facebook to tell them how I am feeling, Instagram to show them my “fun times”, 4 Square to check in on a new location, Pintrest to show my interests, Snapchat to make them meet my new friends, Tumblr to show my real self and the list goes on and on. I’m registered to a lot of websites online, but one place I am traumatized to find myself is on Google. Apparently they know everything about me, and the people who don’t ‘know me’, ‘know me’.


The Intersection of Personal and Professional

As someone who eventually wants to work in the journalism industry, I find myself struggling with how to manage my social media accounts so that I can be myself but also put on an accurate representation for potential employers.

TheSadStateOfSocialMediaPrivacy-bannerOften, when applying for internships and jobs, they want to see if you have a social media presence. Because of this, I set some of my social media platforms to public so that anyone can see them. I have decided that when it comes to Twitter and Instagram, anyone is allowed access to all of my posts. I think that this is because on Twitter I use it much more professionally, for news and sports, so I think it would be helpful to those interested in my journalism. Instagram provides a look into my life while still managing to be appropriate and mature. I decided to set my Facebook to private due to the fact that what is shown on my wall is much more out of my control. People can tag me in posts and share things with me that I don’t necessarily agree with.

I also think that once I have a job, I will use my Twitter for it to promote some of my work, whereas I probably won’t do this on Facebook. For some reason I view Facebook as much more personal. I think that this article by Poynter sums up the issue that many journalists face when it comes to managing their social media profiles.

Now you see me, now you don’t

I have an account for almost every social network, does this mean I am visible online? Definitely not. I don’t share anything on Facebook, I just (very rarely) change my profile picture so that at least I have the same hair colour in it that I have at that moment. But I stopped posting in general around 2011, I just rely on my friends and events photos to post some photos with me in them so that people can at least know that I am alive.

With my Instagram account (which is not connected to Facebook, of course) I feel like I can post whatever I want and show pictures of the restaurants and places around Europe that I love the most, but not pictures with me in it since a lot of people who don’t know me personally follow me there and I don’t think that they would care, so I really don’t have any interest in posting them.

On Twitter I share everything, but I also don’t tell my username to everyone I know so I know what I can write or not.

I believe I have control over the information that people can find about me, by not having many accounts with my name and surname even a future employer wouldn’t find me where I don’t want to be found.



Loose Women shock tactics

To me, online visibility is something that is discussed on Loose Women to scare mums. “Ooh imagine what they’re getting up to online! Goodness gracious!”

In reality, we are all very aware that we need to keep our personal details exactly that, personal. Minus the occasional young person showing off their new customised Barclays bank card on instagram..

..we understand that we have to keep some elements of our lives undiscoverable.

Our names and our date of birth are information that is personally associated with us, but I would not regard it as personal information in the sense that it is critical we protect it from prying eyes. All of this information we make visible without a second thought, which is fine, because if somebody really wanted to find it out they could very easily without the use of the internet.

Our home towns, schools and places of work are all visible from our Facebook profiles. Relatively harmless information. If you have a car and post pictures of it, people know your registration number – perhaps a bit more concerning. More important to protect yourself is to destroy all correspondence from your bank.

At what stage does the information that is visible to others online become a threat to our security and safety?

On a side-note, people take online visibility to very odd extremes. For example, why even bother having a twitter account if you’re going to make it private? There is no logic in that.


Online visibility

It is generally accepted that we are ‘sharing’ in the same space, because of internet.Online visibility could be different for each person.

I prefer use Facebook and Instagram to share my life, I usually like to share some funny videos rather than what i do today, I think most of people want to watch more interesting and meaningful stories rather than yourself. Also my profile is open, everyone can see that. I think that is fine for me and is also a good way to know and communicate with others.

I would like to play some online game, for example the League of Legends  and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with you rank up it is also can let more people know you , once i was playing the game when someone saw my name he immediately notices that it was mine.That is  very interesting,and next time you can play with them.

However, you personal information is open, it could have more risk, your account can be hacked even your credit card, so i won’t share any issues related to privacy. Instagram is a good place to sharing, because it can not chat with each other,you only can leave the comment under the picture. It is a good and safe stage to show yourself.




































Online visibility


As far as online visibility goes, I think that is a personal choice. Personally I choose to keep my identity online moderate.

I can be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedln, Snapchat, Tumblr. Although I do not use all of the social media platforms equally. For example I choose to keep myself quite private on Facebook, I usually use it to communicate with my friends, doing group work, sharing information in private groups. I do not put my personal information, apart from the information required. On Instagram I tend to be more active, however I only usually post photos of events, my friends, things that I find interesting. I do not usually tend to post photos of myself, therefore I feel like that keeps my privacy intact. Also my Instagram is on private, therefore I can choose whom I’m sharing my photos with.

Personally I feel that a big part of my personal information is under my control, I can not say all of it is, because for example on Facebook they ask for some particular personal information that you have to put in while registering. However most of my personal information is private.