Mine are not.
Not for Facebook, not for Twitter.
But after recent discussions in our online news tutorial, I am starting to think I should up the anti and change my privacy settings.
Whilst privacy measures are provided on most social networking sites, at the end of the day it is the user’s prerogative to apply such settings when providing personal information or images of themselves on the internet.
The issue of online privacy is something I had not put much thought into previously. But when posed with the hypothetical of a future boss googling my name and discovering angry twittering or silly videos involving tiger hats and venga boys music I shudder inwardly and pause mid-tweet to rethink what I might be about to type and regret.
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Twitter. Not at all confusing.
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My Twitter account is not actually the problem. I only became a tweet-freak in order to pass my Advanced Broadcast Journalism unit because believe it or not as a young University of Canberra journalism student I am being assessed on my tweeting frequency, content and skill. This twitter-enforcement has if anything led to a resentment towards twitter and a hate for the speed and accuracy with which it serves as a news source for thousands of people. But because I am being marked on my tweeting, my account is purely professional and is only about my ABJ assessment. My sincere apologies to anyone who is following me (twitter.com/hforhamilton) and has thus far found my tweeting to be dull and academic. I hope that you now understand my twitterful plight.
My Facebook account is a different matter entirely. I do not have seperate accounts for personal and professional use and until now I had not considered this to be of any great concern. However I was recently posed with a problem in which personal and professional interest met, and I was confused as to what I should do. A new employee at my workplace, whom I had only met a few times and spoken to perhaps once, sent me a friend request on Facebook. As I did not know said person any better than the window-washer in civic I refused the request. The person then sent their request through again. Whilst persistent, I did not consider this to be a quality deserving of my online friendship and so I ignored the request once more. Upon next seeing my new colleague at work, they questioned me as to why we were not Facebook friends. I won’t lie, it was extremely awkward. And as I am slightly incompetent at dealing with awkward social situations I lied. I cannot remember the exact lie, it may have involved a broken computer, account hacking, a severe nosebleed or a combination of all three. The point is, I ignored the request because I did not want my personal and professional worlds to meet. And as I intend to keep it that way, I am going to be changing my Facebook settings to private as soon as I finish this post.
Whilst it may seem over the top or unnecessary, if denying friend requests from workmates and untagging myself in photos means that I get that future job when my future boss googles my name, then I’d say it’s definately worth it in the long run.
Futuristic Privacy Measures.
Also I would like to note that if you feel the need to google my name after reading this, I am not songwriter, singer and actor Ashley Hamilton born September 30 1974, son of actor George Hamilton and Alana Stewart and stepson of Rod Stewart, who has had five failed marriages and much unsavoury media attention.
I laughed. So should you. But whatever you do, don't tweet about it.
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