A guest post by Catherine Allen, MD of The Loop Video Journalism
A couple of weeks ago, a Facebook message from my cousin in Australia landed in my inbox with the alarming information that a Facebook glitch means everyone’s messages prior to 2011 have now been made public. Desperate to see if this was true, I did what I’m sure thousands of other people did when hearing the same rumor, and dug deep into the depths of my timeline, all the way back to 2007 when I joined. What I found shocked me; casual chat about how drunk we were planning to get at the next 6th form house party, romantic exchanges with now ex boyfriends and in-jokes about our teachers. Jumping to the same conclusion as everyone else, I assumed this was my private message inbox being tipped out and shaken out into the public domain by that Facebook glitch. But what shocked me even more was when this Guardian article revealed that actually, no, there was no glitch. It was just the way we used social media back in late noughties. Social media’s intrinsically public nature hadn’t quite been clocked yet.
This discovery was about the same time as London’s Social Media Week – a week of events and activities all around helping people get the best out of Social Media. I suppose for me, SMW week was an opportunity for reflection on my digital social life. We’ve really come a long way with social media already, but, blimey, there is a long way still! This video looks back at people’s social media journeys; the highs, the lows and the bits best left forgotten!