How visible am I online?
Not very! Name; birthday; photos; previous schools … Just a few people know I exist, though. On Facebook, I only befriend people I know, nevertheless I only interact with a handful. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (to name a few) are about numbers; the bigger they are the better. With some exceptions, when you have 100+ friends/followers, the vast majority doesn’t care that much about you and I’m sure you feel the same way, they’re just another to add to the ones you already have, just like you are and I am!
As a media student I’m force to have a presence online and allow access to information about myself. In my case, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Soundcloud and Twitter are platforms where I upload/share my Smoke Radio shows which contain information such as ‘’I’m a radio student from the University of Westminster’’ and ‘’you can find me on the Harrow campus’’ (not necessarily in these words).
I feel uncomfortable letting the internet know I’m a radio student and it freaks me out that Facebook knows that a few of my ‘’friends’’, in London, are attending an event ‘’near me’’ when on my page I live in Lisbon.
I am a bit paranoid, I admit, but it’s dangerous to publicise private information on platforms that can be accessed by anyone when you don’t really have that much control under them or your own information. The option would be to not have an online presence but I don’t know how beneficial that would be for our careers.
But hey … this is the industry we’re getting ourselves into, everyone!