At first I thought that switching to timeline would be a fun activity and a cool new way for my friends to see my profile. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the “fun” part.
Let me take a few steps back actually. I recently decided that I was going to live by my own advice, whatever you put on the internet you should assume is public to everyone (at least as it pertains to social media). So I’ve made all my profiles public, visible to all, and I’m being as transparent as possible. After all, I’ve got nothing to hide.
Well, that wasn’t exactly true. Once I switched to timeline I started playing around with it and realized that it’s possible for somebody to see every single post I made since I joined Facebook (only a few months after the site was created). That was a problem because Andy from 2007 is a much different Andy that the one from 2012. Nothing was worthy of being fired for or anything like that but still, it wasn’t the foot I wanted to put forward.
So I began reviewing all posts, month, by painstaking month. I started doubting whether it was even necessary to do this, after all how many people are going to go over my entire timeline with a fine toothed comb? The answer is simple, any future employers. See this NYTimes article to prove it: Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle. You can see from the article that employers are using what you post as a decision point, and why shouldn’t they. So if you are in high school, or the parent of a young future president that is active in social media. Remember to clean up that history, or better yet, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your future (or current) boss to find.
Have you had any timeline horror stories?