Do you have a Twitter account?
Have you considered running for public office any time soon? Say, in the next… forever?
Consider this: http://www.loc.gov/tweet/how-tweet-it-is.html
“Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.
That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.”
In other words, the Library of Congress will have record of every #drunktweet, epic fail, crude joke, rant, and foot-in-the mouth statement we have ever made.
Kanye West made a song titled, “Big Brother.” Now would be a good time to play it.
Anywho, if you look at it from a historical standpoint, tweets such as the first ever tweet and President Obama’s tweet after winning the 2008 election will be archived. If you look at it from a panic standpoint, yes, your tweet on the trending topic of #sexisgoodwhen will also be on record (if your tweets are part of the public timeline).
If the Library of Congress can archive Tweets, then they certainly can archive Facebook data.
The purpose of this post, however, is not to get you paranoid. Just be mindful of the information that you put out there for the world to see. When you put electronic information out, you are leaving a digital footprint. In some cases, it’s out there forever. Just remember, YOU control what YOU put out there about YOU, and everyone doesn’t need to know every intimate detail about your life, thoughts, etc.
Thoughts? Gather around the conference room table.