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If you are stupid enough to put those sort of pictures of yourself out on the internet you should get all that is comng to you.

Hence why I will not even go to an on-line hook up site like Manhunt or That shit causes major problems from job embarassment to on line identity theft.

Posted by Just Me | December 26, 2007 10:16 AM

Yeah, but even deleting your account won't remove information on cached pages, which are all over the place. General rule of thumb: never put anything on the internet - EVEN HERE - that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper with your photo next to it.

Posted by Fifty-Eighty | December 26, 2007 10:20 AM

I feel sorry for today's teenagers.

Posted by seriously | December 26, 2007 10:20 AM

Why would pictures of me in blackface haunt me later?

Posted by Mike in MO | December 26, 2007 10:25 AM

Wow. Very scary indeed. Thanks for the warning. I am working now to get things deleted but it sounds like a difficult process. :(

Posted by Touring | December 26, 2007 10:28 AM

For when you run for president, Mike.

Posted by monkey | December 26, 2007 10:28 AM

That's lame, but remember that you CAN individually delete those beer bong photos if you don't want people to see them.

Posted by Hmm | December 26, 2007 10:31 AM

monkey: I'll use those blackface photos on my campaign mailers.

Posted by Mike in MO | December 26, 2007 11:02 AM

Social networking sites are destroying teenagers social skills. Case in point, that girl that killed herself over that fake boyfriend profile the neighbors of her parents created. It's like 100 times worse than any bully. I would hate to be a parent nowadays. Would what you tell your children. People are very fucking evil and don't trust them? Just live in a cocoon and don't go outside?

Posted by shit's fucked | December 26, 2007 11:04 AM

The interwebs give me the creeps.

Posted by Peter | December 26, 2007 11:19 AM

This whole thing reminds me of the shock and confusion when all those Prodigy and CompuServe users discovered what a poor choice it is to give your credit card number to whatever strange email or web site asks for it. And then after a few rubes got their bank accounts cleaned out or their credit ruined, the usual suspects in the pundit peanut gallery predicted the doom of web commerce.

When in fact, the rubes would have shot themselves in the foot sooner or later, if not on the Internet then out in traffic, or at the mall, or at their job. And once again, the Internet is neither about to collapse, nor is it a threat to all life as we know it. It's only another reminder that bad things happen to foolish people.

Posted by elenchos | December 26, 2007 11:37 AM

Because there will a WHOLE generation and a-half of Americans with "My Space", "Face Book", "My Diary", "Your Space", "Read My Blog (please)" and countless other silly sites out there, they will all be able to black-mail, white-female, cheat, call BS on, and otherwise treat each other the same. So it will be mutual assured silence. Don't worry kids, You can all pull out the group sex pictures when you all run for office together.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | December 26, 2007 11:45 AM

Ah, the old "mutually-assured annihilation" gambit. May work, who knows? It worked during the cold war....

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | December 26, 2007 11:53 AM

Mike in MO @ 8,

That'll win South Carolina.

Posted by Original Andrew | December 26, 2007 12:01 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | December 26, 2007 12:12 PM

Oh c'mon people! It's not like there are any 44-year-old, mother-of-two, skin-cancer spotted "bikini" bod pix on Facebook for all co-workers and potential employers to see. Naw!!! Ain't so.

Posted by Who'd be that stupid? | December 26, 2007 1:40 PM

it's true. If you google "michael strangeways seattle" it pulls up Slog entries I've done.

which, I think, is kinda cool.

Posted by michael strangeways | December 26, 2007 1:56 PM

No, 16, but there are SCADS of photos/videos of lewd, drunken, debauched 20-somethings out there, most of whom are gonna have a real job some day.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | December 26, 2007 2:00 PM

18. Sociocultural accountability has entered the 21st century. The days of acting like an asshat to people and thinking no one will ever find out how you really are... are over.

Posted by Yes | December 26, 2007 2:27 PM

Eventually it will be odd if you haven't made an ass of yourself on Facebook or MySpace. In the future when prospective employers google your name they'll wonder what's wrong with you if beer-bong/blackface/bisexual-experimentation-phase pics DON'T show up! They'll probably label you a freak.

Posted by yucca flower | December 26, 2007 4:21 PM

this facebook stuff is really just hyperbole. it's very easy to delete individual pictures, but it's even easier to make your profile only visible to your friends. who cares if it's easy to "delete" the account. if you have removed all your friends and it's locked down, the only thing that would see your info would be the database backup script pointlessly archiving data that nobody but you can see.

these kinds of posts just show how clueless old people are about the internet. generation x scolding todays teens about responsibility shows that they've jumped the shark.

Posted by some dude | December 26, 2007 7:38 PM

Crap. I need to change those pictures on Facebook ASAP. Currently, they're of me dressed like Max from Where the Wild Things Are dancing with a drag queen at two in the morning on Halloween.

Posted by Gitai | December 27, 2007 9:11 AM

WhatEVER. Any employer that can't handle my drunken Halloween pics doesn't deserve my labor anyway.

Posted by Greg | December 27, 2007 9:40 AM

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