This post is a little late but I have a had a crazy last two weeks. Just a little update on my life, I got back from spring break and then my brother came to visit for his spring break to go apartment shopping. He is coming to Chadron this summer to start working toward his teaching degree and we are going to get an apartment together with a friend of mine.
I did google myself last week and I wasn’t surprised to see myself on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest but I was surprised to see my Etsy account pop up. I guess I always considered it like an account on Amazon or any other website where you buy stuff. I didn’t think it would be considered public considering I don’t have a shop just an account. It just goes to show that you really don’t know where you are leaving digital footprints. This is one reason I didn’t want a Twitter because I didn’t want another social media account to be accountable for. It was really helpful to watch 140 characters of Kindness because even after having a twitter for three months now I was still a little cynical.
I learned that Twitter can be much more than another social media account. It can be a place to build relationships and learn from other people. I still need to be careful what I post and keep it professional but I don’t need to be afraid of social media.
I also watched a Ted Talk about how our digital lives are like a tattoo-permanent and sometimes a mistake. Social media immortalizes us on the internet which is somewhat of a scary thought.
It’s important to be aware of what we are putting on the internet because it can be traced back to us. Future employers will look at your social media accounts so be aware of what you are saying on your accounts. It’s alright to want to share about your life and build relationships through social media but social media should not become your online diary. Use social media as a tool to build your PLN but not as a way to let people know what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner.