Sometimes we write things online we regret. And sometimes this can get us into a spot of bother. Or our old online selves simply don't reflect our opinions anymore...
Think before you post...
We all grow and learn, so it might be time to get rid of some mistakes we might have made when we were younger. But it’s also a good way to remember that the stuff that goes online, stays online, so it’s good to think before you tweet!
In fact, this kind of thing happens so often it’s even got it’s own phrase. “Milkshake duck” is the phrase used to describe when someone is thrust into the spotlight and becomes famous, but just as suddenly, some bad information comes out about them (be it tweets, Facebook statuses or YouTube videos they’ve posted online) that then starts a backlash against them.
A picture is worth a thousand words…
A good place to start on Twitter is to look through your media. Are there any pictures of you under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Have you uploaded memes that could be considered offensive, or made fun of someone in a picture? Have you worn a Halloween costume that might not seem as funny nowadays? It’s probably time to get rid of them.
This includes your cover photo and profile picture! Employers can probably easily find your profile – consider what they would like to see from someone they want to hire
…but words are meaningful too.
Make use of Twitter’s Advanced Search to find potentially problematic posts.
Using this tool you can search for certain words or phrases that might not be appropriate, or check for unnecessary swearing.
Even something as simple as “cba with school/homework/uni/work” might not reflect well with employers.
Hover over the image below for more info on how to do this
How are other people talking about you online?
Using Advanced Search you can also see any mentions of your username on Twitter. Have your friends spoken about embarrassing moments? If you find this kind of chat in your searches, you could ask them to take it down.
Get a clean slate
Sometimes it’s nice to start anew. You could delete all your old tweets (with the option to get rid of things you’ve ‘liked’ on Twitter too) using Twoolsy and get started on building a more positive online presence.
If you do feel a little sentimental, you also have the option of archiving your tweets. Head to Settings > Account > Request Your Archive to get a copy of every Tweet you’ve posted. It’ll then send you a link to your email address to allow you to download all your data. Sometimes it’s good to look back and laugh at mistakes you’ve made in the past! And it can be an interesting way to see how you’ve grown as a person too.
Head back to the Digi,Aye? page for more info on staying safe online.