If you haven’t already Googled yourself, you might not want too. That is because what you see you may or may not like. When I Googled myself on the web search I saw some articles from when I played sports in high school, which were fine because I know I signed a media release. However when I clicked images, my twitter and Facebook picture popped up.
Now this is odd because I don’t remember signing a release for those pictures, and I thought all my pictures were on private? This could get confusing. Just like Gaylor’s video, “RiP! A Remix Manifesto” about copyright. Should our pictures on social media sites be protected? I think yes but sadly once you post something on the internet it is on there forever. There is no going back. It’s kind of scary to think that I’m going on my private Facebook, my pictures are blocked and there I am on Google.
I feel that our pictures should be copyrighted on the internet. That is because they are our own personal pictures. When I post a picture on my social media sites I do it with intention that only my friends will be able to see it. But once my picture is on Google anyone anywhere can access them and do whatever they want to do with them, and I don’t know how I feel about that. Well actually I do, scared. People have their work copyrighted but our own pictures are not? Anyone around the world can just take them for their own personal use. That doesn’t sit right with me. I know you can watch what you post online and try not to put such personal photos, but isn’t that the point of social media sites to share with your friends. In my opinion our photos should be protected. For real. Yeah they are supposed to be protected on Facebook but then how come I come up on Google?
Here’s what I got when I Googled myself. The top one is me playing soccer in high school and the second row there is my Twitter and Facebook picture.
Here is Baylor’s video!
No, no don’t worry! I’m not actually trying to bring Myspace back. Although I do miss having a profile song, decorating my “about me”, and having a top 8! unfortunately those are long gone and past now. Some kids these days probably have no idea what I would even be talking about, like my favorite shows, All That, Guts, and Legends of the Hidden Temple, but that’s a different topic for a different blog. Anyways, back on track, Myspace is gone from our computer’s history but not from our hearts and soon I might be saying the same thing about Facebook. However, I don’t think that will happen just yet, because it is used by millions of people across the world, including me. Our assignment was to take a week off of Facebook and see how it goes. At first I really didn’t mind because I honestly can’t remember when I posted a status but as time went on I grew uneasy. As much as I don’t think I use Facebook, I really use it a lot. Even though it’s not the first thing I open every morning, I open the app on my phone many other times during the day. I never realized that any time that I am waiting around or I’m bored, I’m on Facebook. I will always just be scrolling through not posting, just reading what other people have to say. I guess you can say that’s creepy but I look at the funny pictures and stories that are shared everyday. So when Professor Wolff asked us to stay off from Facebook for a week I had a little bit of a hard time. I would often forget about the assignment and click on the phone app as force of habit. So I guess you can say I couldn’t really go through with the assignment for the full week. But that’s okay, the assignment has taught me something, in the time when I’m scrolling through Facebook I could be enjoying life around me. Sometimes when your so consumed with your phone, and social media sites you tend to miss what’s going on right in front of your eyes. So next time your bored and want to open an app don’t, there’s so much more important things in life.
Oh and NOSTALGIA!!!!!! Your Welcome 🙂