It is no surprise that people now a days like to do some sleuthing on the internet prior to meeting new people and even after meeting them. I have to admit that I do partake in this, but I don't normally sleuth too deep. The usual spaces I check are Facebook and Instagram, but today I decided to take a deeper dive into online sleuthing. I chose to do some investigating on my sister, Carlee Fero, as I am always lecturing her on what she posts online. I googled Carlee's name and here is what I found...
The first thing that popped up was Carlee's Facebook profile. When I clicked on the link, it brought me to her profile. It looks like she has her privacy settings fairly tight on Facebook. It does not state her employment or where she lives. It does state that she attended St. Stephens Jr. High as well as Bishop Grandin High School which are located in Calgary. I was fairly impressed with the lack of information available.
Her Tik Tok account was the next thing that popped up on google. Her Tik Tok is not private, so all of her posts are available to the public. I know that most Tik Tok accounts aren't private because the whole point is to create content that others can view and like. Carlee has over twelve thousand followers, so I was fairly impressed by the amount of attention her account has gotten. Her account states her age as well as where she lives. She is twenty years old and lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Her next form of social media that popped up on google was her YouTube account. She had no videos posted, but does follow a ton of channels. There wasn't really any personal information on her YouTube account.
I was very surprised that Carlee's Instagram account was the last form of social media to pop up on google. Her account is public so anyone is able to see all of her photos. She has posted on this platform very few times, but all of her posts are about her life. She has many photos with her boyfriend as well as her family.
After examining all of these sites, it seems as though Carlee leads a fairly private life. It looked as though she used Tik Tok the most, but that is the current app trend within society, so I wasn't that surprised. While examining the Tik Tok account, I thought about the article "Having Multiple Online Identities is More Normal than you Think" by N. Lee. In the article, she talks about the audience we create our content for on different social media outlets. While looking at Carlee's profiles, I recognized that her Facebook account seemed more geared towards privacy and family, while her Tik Tok account was geared more towards the public and getting likes on the app.
I am constantly telling my sister to be careful about what she posts and shares on her profiles as it could have a huge impact on her life. Not only do people have access to your information, future employers do as well. I have been in the office at some jobs when they pull up online profiles while looking at resumes and it ultimately becomes their first impression of you. I also warn her about the content she posts due to the recent uprising of "cancel culture" and the amount of individuals posting nasty comments and contacting employers of that individual if they don't agree with something they see online. The video "How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life" uploaded by TedTalk, came to mind when thinking of the current state of cancel culture. The video showed how one comment/tweet/post can cause a detrimental effect online, including backlash from random individuals. This is especially popular on Tik Tok right now, I have seen multiple videos with quite rude comments trying to destroy that persons life.
Overall, I think it is important for everyone to be aware about what they are posting online as well as their privacy settings on their accounts. It may be a good idea to go check out how your accounts are set up! Stay safe in this world that revolves around technology.