I have a good story to tell about online visibility and invisibility. A friend of mine was studying in an important University in Italy and once graduated he was planning to go to the US to do an MBA. He spent his whole life planning this MBA, he desperately wanted to go there; he studied a lot, he did lots of internships and he hired a tutor to complete the application in the best possible way. Long story short, they didn’t accept him despite his amazing resumé and his excellent grades because they found him on Facebook and he had a picture with a joint in his hand. The “fun” part of the story is that he doesn’t even smoke, it was just a joke.
From that episode on I have always been scared of sharing my private life online, not because I have pictures of me wasted in a club or smoking weed but only because I believe that my private life should remain private. In each of my profiles as Instagram or Facebook everything is set up as private. I share my pictures and my information with my friends only and I don’t want strangers to be able to look into my life.