Past Posts Affecting Your Future
Smart Girl Society | Blog Post – Past Posts Affecting Your Future
May 13, 2019
Throughout the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, a number of influencers and celebrities found themselves catapulted into the spotlight; not because they had a new movie coming out or an exciting new brand partnership, but because offensive tweets they made years ago had resurfaced.
Two notable examples are famous comedian and actor Kevin Hart, and Laura Lee, a rising star in the YouTube beauty community with a growing subscriber count and a makeup line about to enter mainstream makeup stores. In Hart’s case, homophobic tweets and stand-up routines from a decade ago resurfaced, culminating in the comedian stepping down from hosting the Academy Awards. For Lee, a racially insensitive tweet from 2012 caused a massive drop in subscribers, and beauty store ULTA cancelled an upcoming partnership.
While the average person might not face such severe consequences when a negative social media post emerges from the past, there are still risks for the average person. Job or college opportunities could be lost, and friendships could be damaged if someone digs up an offensive or otherwise negative past tweet.
Though you might think you haven’t posted anything that could get you into trouble, if you posted at least one picture per day to Instagram for the past three years, your account would have more than a thousand posts on it today. With a number like that, it’s easy to see how you could forget what is in every single photo and every single caption you’ve uploaded.
Social Media Best Practices:
The idea that you could get into trouble because of something you posted in the past can be stressful, but there are easy steps you can take to ensure a past post isn’t going to haunt you in the future:
Think before you post – The easiest way not to land yourself in hot water for something you posted a long time ago is to never have posted it at all! Before you post, think about if you would be okay with your friends, parents, teachers and even future employers seeing the photo, caption or comment. If you’re on the fence, it’s probably not something to upload. Remember that “temporary” posts on Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories aren’t guaranteed to be temporary. It’s easy to screenshot those posts, or to use another device to photograph the screen so you’re never notified a screenshot has been taken.
Check where you’re tagged – Many social media platforms make it easy for you – and others – to see photos you’ve been tagged in. Make a point of checking Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis to see what photos you’re tagged in. Sometimes, people will tag you in a photo you’re not even in, like a joke post or a meme. If it’s something you wouldn’t want associated with you or your profile, un-tag yourself. If you’re in the photo and don’t think it should be online, reach out to the poster and kindly ask them to remove it.
Perform a regular social media cleanup – It’s a good idea to go through your own posts ever so often and see which posts no longer need to be available to the public. If you want to keep a photo for the memories, but don’t want it to be public, many platforms make it easy to do so. On Instagram, you can archive a post, and on Facebook you can change the privacy of a post, photo or album so that you are the only one who can see those posts and images.
If you regularly follow these three steps, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that nobody will be hurt by something they see on your social media pages, and that you won’t be hurt by something you posted long in the past.
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