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In a recent article from Sitepoint’s Brandon Eley he mentioned that “Everything you do online matters…”. This got me thinking – although it may seem obvious to most of us, it’s often overlooked or instantly dismissed by many others.
Now, whether you believe the above statement or not, the evidence would suggest that anything and everything you post on a blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook can and will have the potential to be viewed by anyone with access to the internet. The trail we leave – like breadcrumbs – in cyberspace can be followed by whoever is interested, anytime, anywhere – now and in the future.
Ask yourself this. Have you ever had a moment when you’ve said something you wish you hadn’t? I know I have. However the problem is far worse when you do it online. It’s virtually impossible to undo the damage – it’s out there for all to see… forever.
Who would be interested? Well, that’s the point, you never know who’s reading your rants, or looking at your embarrassing photos, checking out your links to YouTube, or finding out what you like and don’t like on Facebook. It could be a potential client, an employer or even your grandchildren in the future (there’s a scary thought…).
So, my advice to you (anyone who’s reading this) is to pick your words carefully, think about what you’re saying or doing online. But most of all choose how you want yourself, or your business to be represented, as someone out there may be watching!
Alternatively, you could just carry on as normal, because the chances are that no one really cares anyway. They’re all too busy exposing their own lives to the world!