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30 August 2011 @ 03:50 pm
is there such a thing as too much paranoia?  
Just had a friend find my lj (even though, seriously Blake, I've had this thing for years) and while I was figuring out which trail of breadcrumbs lead to this particular place I wondered about my own negotiations with the online world.

Cuz frankly, I put stuff up on this LJ that would not be politic were they found by a future employer. 

On the other hand, while my username is pretty obvious from a certain perspective, if you met me professionally, and just had my professional information to go on, I'd get lost in the crowd because of my unspecific name.  Or, at least, that's what I hope.  I've tried to stalk myself that way, but it's hard to un-know what you know.  It *seems* to me that if someone is searching for me, they either find my longest name that is only associated with professional associations and a very limited range of data, or they cannot find my short names lost in the mass of other people who are also named that way.

Even if they try to use my name and things that are 'specific' to me.  I don't broadcast my fandom affiliations (though unlike many, I will admit it in my professional life if it's part of the conversation), I don't give out my 'personal'/fandom-related email to anyone who isn't fandom related, honest friend, or family.

But there are links that go back and forth that I haven't been particularly dedicated about erasing, including the fact that for a little while i was tweeting to my facebook account, and now am tumbling to my twitter, and my tumblr links to fandom stuff, while facebook I mostly keep for real-life people.

Then I look at what my niece/little sister (who is 19 going on 16) posts on her facebook, publicly, without having any info locked down, including drug info, when she's skipping work, etc., and I'm like - jezus, what's a bunch of fandom graphics and disjointed musings compared to that?

also posted to dreamwidth | you can reply here or there | um, but don't worry, i'm still an lj girl
What Is A "Witch": Young Godswitchway on August 30th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
What you are calling "bunch of fandom graphics" is really:

amazing works of art!!!

; )
EB: Queen of the Social Leperselizabuffy on August 30th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. I usually think "fuck it" and post publicly anyway...and then some completely random person with whom I have nothing in common posts a comment to one of my posts and I start thinking, "hmm...this really can be seen by anyone!" which is all sorts of creepy.

That being said, I think your LJ is pretty hard to find for the employer who's just doing a standard internet background check. You're probably safe.

literate and stylish: buffy whatever/shockedmishloran on August 31st, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
witchway is correct.

Also, I am getting more and more paranoid about my online Stuff. I know for a fact that if you search for my actual name you get a hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy article about lunch that I wrote when I was about 14, and I cannot get through to the editors of that website to delete, or just delete my contact information (it was sent using the at-the-time-email address of my family, back before email addresses were something individuals had, that's how old it is). Which is annoying, as I shall be teaching younglings soon, and they like to google.

I think my facebook is friends-only on most things, and I've tried to keep the profile prospective-employer friendly. Twitter does more than occasionally make me gulp, as it's something I've only just started to use, but I try to keep it less obviously me. LJ is completely friends only, so I don't have to worry about that so much.

But yes. I look at some of the stuff The Kidz post on FB (I have a somewhere-between-17-and-20-year old on my friends list, and WOW does she post some insane witterings and sluttastic porn-like photos free for the world to see). It's crazy.

Why don't you just ask how he found you? Then you can work back and delete!?
i will write in words of fireposhlil on September 1st, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Nope. Not at all. I had a RL friend find my tumblr (which I don't publicise; I really have no idea how he did it) and creep me out so much that I locked down everything that could be. I won't privatise my twitter, because certain people (*cough* celebs *cough*) don't follow me but do reply, and if it's private, I don't think they can see my tweets to them? So I've made sure I never mention my lj/tumblr/dw on facebook or twitter, and that any directions from my lj/dw to those social networky things are done in a locked entry. I don't mind friends from here knowing who I am over there, but I sure as hell don't want the people over there finding their way here.