RIP United Airlines Puppy :( Social Media & Keeping it Clean

Moment of silence for the French Bulldog that was killed on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York and for the IQ of the flight attendant who thought any being could survive being stowed in an overhead bin!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about social media! Ah yes, another catch 22 of being a millenial! But don’t you just LOVE snapchatting your friends, and LOVE posting instagrams and LOVE writing tweets about your ~daily struggles~? Well, yes. But you need to be smart about doing so. My friends used to make fun of me because my parents are connected to me on ALL forms of social media(and yes, I had to teach them how to use all platforms.) They didn’t give me a choice- if they were paying for my computer and cell-phone, they were monitoring how I used them. And every once in a while they would demand I delete a tweet or modify an instagram caption. In the moment it was extremely annoying. But now that I am a mature young lady(at least I’d like to think so), I value the attention they paid to filtering my social media activity. Once you enter the social media sphere, there is absolutely no covering your tracks. Ever. Period. If it’s on the internet, it’s out there forever. It doesn’t matter if you delete your post. Or delete your account. Or even if you die. It never goes away. If someone wants to screenshot and archive an incriminating post, they have the capacity to blackmail you. This is a term that I had to look up initially- have you heard of a “finsta”? It’s essentially an private alternate instagram account designated for trusted friends that is crawling with illegal and embarrassing content of its user(belligerent drunk and sexual videos for example.) I follow a few of my friends’ finstas and while I enjoy them, I can confidently say it is one of the stupidest ideas and I will never have one. Can you actually trust these followers with photos and videos of you that can end your relationships and career and ultimately ruin your life? Take Harley Barber for example. She was a University of Alabama freshman who took to her finsta to express some pretty disgusting and racist feelings toward African Americans. Well one of her “trusted followers” exposed the video, getting her kicked out of her sorority and ultimately expelled from school(not to mention making her hated across America and probably blacklisting her from any job, ever.)

So does this mean you’re not allowed to have fun on your social media accounts? Not at all! A good rule of thumb is to not post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. Pretty much, keep your clothes on and keep it legal and appropriate. If you’re 21, posing with a casual glass of wine is okay. Drinking beer out of a funnel? Not the best look. It’s 2018 and future employers WILL search for your social media accounts and use them to make decisions in hiring. Don’t think you’re clever by omitting your last name in your username. If you want to play it really safe, make your accounts private. They still might ask to see them, but at least you can do an extra spring cleaning before judgement day.

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