Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tarleton Tip Thursday # 4 Social Media (Facebook) or, Does your past ever really go away?

Welcome back to Tarleton Tip Thursdays, where every week we give you tips to help you harness the power of social media.  And now the question of the day:
Do you have embarrassing pictures on Facebook that misrepresent you? 

We've all been there.  Your friend posts that picture of you at a party or attempting the Dougie (or, well, worse) when you think no one is looking. You quickly get the picture removed, but where does it go from there? Is it really and truly gone?

According to a recent mashable.com post (with video) describing a story originally reported by Ars Technica, Facebook still has "deleted" pictures on its servers. You can't help but wonder who truly has access to it and if you will ever see it floating around on Google somewhere. Mashable.com also stated that "Facebook said it's working to fix flaws allowing deleted photos to hibernate on various data servers." 

You may want to think again before you take that picture with your favorite adult beverage in your hand and upload it to Facebook. For better or worse, that image may well linger on as an imprint on your social media reputation.

PUSO Dance Crew.  Image by JEprox17 on Flickr.com
Do you worry about employers (and others) checking your Facebook profile?* Or do you think it's no big deal?  Let us know in the comments!  And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

*If you're concerned about your Facebook profile in general, you may want to read our previous post on Socioclean, a service that promises to clean up your social media profiles.

Brooke King is a communications major at Tarleton State University and a Social Media Committee intern at the Texas Social Media Research Institute. 

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