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Geek Out: Do You Ever Suffer Social Networking Anxiety?

I'm more hilarious than my tweets. My life is more fascinating than my Facebook updates. My Internet activity is more diverse than my Delicious account might suggest. But don't get me wrong, I adore social networking.

It's an hourly addiction, lighthearted medium for expression, and a fast, cheap, and satisfying way of interacting with friends and strangers around the globe. But every once in a while when I step back and look at my activity, followers and friends on the bajillion networks I belong to I worry about the trail I am leaving and the reputation I've inadvertently created online. My "real life" friends know my greatness outside the Internet, but are there strangers, co-workers and acquaintances judging me based on my scattered thoughts and tweets? All signs point to yes.

Social networking has fundamentally changed the way we date and interact with others — for better and for worse. Do you take it all in stride and just let loose, or do you stress over the wacky images and tidbits you put out there?

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mek123 mek123 7 years
I thought I was the only one that had anxiety, thanks for putting that notion to rest. I try to follow the rule, if you don't want to see it on the front page of the newspaper, don't write it!! Even private messages have a way of becoming public.
sontaikle sontaikle 7 years
This is one of the reasons I have a private twitter and a public twitter. My private twitter (where I watch only my friends) is one where I spew nonsense—nonsense that my friends and I understand and won't really care about. My public one is much more "professional."
whoiam whoiam 7 years
i dont really wory tend to be careful not to post anything stupid but tháts because i like my privacy and my friends are the only ones to really know me
poissondujour poissondujour 7 years
I'm going to start applying for my first real post-school job in a bit over a month, so things like that are definitely important at the moment... I know I'm going to spend ages googling myself just to make sure nothing comes up from when I was 12 or something.
emilynotail emilynotail 7 years
I think social networking has made us all into marketing and pr experts. It's made everyone into mini celebrities.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
The reason why I do not is because I keep myself all anonymous on the internet. Plus, I do not use facebook or any other social networking site. I use a private email address for forums I belong to, and I always change my usernames, so there is not one I go by specifically. In fact, my "conformation name" is Chrissy, not my actual name. So, I go to great lengths to make sure my thoughts, my opinions, etc stay completely anonymous. I don't want it getting into the hands of the wrong people. I have known people to get fired for what they say on Facebook and stuff. As a teacher, it's even more crucial that I remain anonymous. I do not want contact with my students, I do not want them to know all of my business, etc. Privacy is a HUGE priority.
swishbaby swishbaby 7 years
I try not to post anything embarrassing/offensive. I stick to the "if you don't want your employer/mother to read it- don't post it." However I've been guilty of a late night nonsense tweet.
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 7 years
to an extent i'm aware of the image i portray online, especially on social network sites that my family and co-workers belong to. however, i try not to let it worry me too much. i follow the rule that you shouldn't publish anything that will cause you embarrassment if someone (subjectively) important to you saw it too. i do often wonder what sort of person i come across as, based on my tweets/facebook profile etc. it'd be interesting to find out.
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