I wish social media wasn't so social.
Makes sense, right?
This topic came to me this week courtesy of a guy that sent this text:
“I’m going to Twitter stalk you later.”
It’s not as intimidating as it sounds, I promise.
He was looking for my blog. *insert terror here*
If you’ve read this post you’ll already know how much the idea of an online profile fascinates me. Don’t get me wrong, I gave in to the practice a while ago (MySpace selfies, anyone?) but it still leaves me feeling somewhat uncomfortable that a relative stranger can find me, and make judgements on that picture of a dog in an aeroplane I posted last week.. (that really happened).
This time around I’m thinking about the online profile in context of dating as opposed to employment (I’ve given up on the dream job search, but more on that later) and the more I thought about it the more I panicked.
Neither my Twitter nor my Facebook (both overloaded with pictures of animals, I swear I’m not a crazy pet lady…) reflect me in terribly positive light. But then that’s just the thing, they reflect me. Not the ‘image’ of me I’d prefer to put forward to potential employers or dates – the impeccable, confident, cool as a cucumber, street smart lady – but instead it's the stupid sense of humour, definitely doesn’t have her shit together – girl.
image courtesty of ifb
I’ve never been the person to ‘like’ for liking sake, nor have I been the person to delete a status that gets no likes (seriously, my best friend does this all the time, within ten minutes she freaks the fuck out if that little blue thumbs up hasn’t adorned her typing) so why should I feel so uncomfortable at the thought of others reading the real me? I want my profile to show who I am, I enjoy putting out statues or images that I find true value in (see these funny dog pictures, I find value in them).
I’m going to work on losing the pretence of being ‘perfect’ and relax a bit more about my social media profile being accessible. This also includes letting more than my few close friends read this blog.
Do you worry about your social media profile?