Picture it: you’re being banished to an island in the middle of the Pacific, and you can only bring one single item with you. What would you bring? Of all the things that you could take, what would be the most important? What is the one thing that you can’t live without? But remember, you’re going to an island in the middle of the Pacific.
Now that you’ve picked out the item to take with you, consider why you chose it. Was it the first thing that came to mind? Is it something you use all the time? Is it representative of who you are?
Think about certain things in your life that remind you of someone you know or a certain time in your life. Maybe a certain quilt makes you think of your grandma, or a shaving razor reminds you of your dad. Maybe that old CD reminds you of a best friend in high school, or a book you have was given to you by someone special. Maybe its an entire photo album of a family vacation to Hawaii, or a stuffed Mickey Mouse doll that you got at Disney World when you were ten. Everyone has things in their lives that are representative of events we were a part of, of people we know and have known, of memories that we will never forget.
This is why we buy souvenirs. This is why we take pictures. This is why we post things on social media. To not only commemorate what we do in our lives and to remind us of the past, but to also share with others. But how reliant are we becoming on social media to commemorate events in our lives today?
Social media has become an integral part of society with billions of users holding an account to at least one platform. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, users post photos, share statuses, and communicate daily on social media to highlight their lives for everyone else to see and be a part of.
But what happens as social media evolves over time? There’s no guarantee that the same platforms of social media used today will be the same that we use ten years from now, so what happens to all of the content that we’ve posted when people are no longer looking at it? All of those pictures, statuses, and comments become a part of our digital footprint. Everything that we post and share on the Internet and social media shapes our digital footprint every day.
So think about it.
Think about all of the accounts you have out there for everyone to see. Every means of social media that you’ve created since its inception: every blog, every picture, and every status. What would your digital footprint look like right now? What will you make of it ten years from now? Is it factual? Is it an accurate portrayal of who you are and the life you are currently living? Is there things floating out there you wouldn’t be proud of? If I was to Google you, what would I find?
What is your digital footprint?