Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Why I Have a New Facebook

For a long time now, I've been frustrated with the lack of control Facebook gives me over my personal data. My concern only grew as I spent hours trying to find a way to view old posting history and, once I did, more painstaking hours trying to clean everything up. The last straw came when I discovered that only some old posts can be deleted while many others cannot.

I joined Facebook when I was 16. My words, thoughts, and photos from that time persist on the internet, available to anyone who wishes to dig a little. It's not that I lived a wild teenagehood--I was embarrassingly rule-following vanilla--but it makes me uncomfortable that people in my work life can view photos of me as a young girl.

No matter what They would have us think, I believe you're allowed to keep parts of your life private. It doesn't have to mean you're hiding shameful secrets; it just means you have a sense of personal space. I'd like you to get to know me through me, not through ransacking my social networking history. I'd love to tell you about my old 16-year-old self--and how I've changed since then, and more importantly, why I've changed. I'd like to be your friend, but in a real way.

So come friend the new me, starting fresh.