Many web users have become fixated with sharing their experiences through social media platforms, whether it is pictures of their pets on Instagram, a rant about the university halls on Facebook or a tweet to their favourite actor, expressing their love for the actors new role, we can’t help but post it. How much do we share? Does this really vary from person to person or will the internet eventually find out all there is to know about you no matter how careful you think you are? There is so much we can control, we can limit the amount of information we put up on sites and privatise our profiles to make sure only those we wish to, can see them. We can choose whether people can tag us in photos on Facebook and report anything that infringes on our privacy. But there is an unimaginable amount of data floating around, even when you delete something, its trace remains. You also can’t always control what others post, either.
We are all visible in another way as well, sites like Facebook are keen to let everyone know if you’re online or exactly how long it has been since you were last online and whether you have indeed seen that message from that one person you just want to ignore. This can help in some ways but overall is a bit too ‘big brother’ish for me.