I think it’s safe to say we are facing a generation of media-savvy over-sharers. Just walk into any Starbucks and look towards the gaggle of giggles as they each share their Instagramed photos of their newest coffee creations. As they pin, post, #tagg and tumble every instance of their lives I can’t help but cringe and think, is this too much information?

I think about these girls entering the professional world in a few years, a world where company leaders are either completely naïve to the online world, or, completely involved (or both, just tweet @Pontifex!) When hiring employees, their online presence is reviewed almost as thoroughly as their references are. And we have all heard the horror stories of those fired for posting something online; a derogatory comment, an inappropriate photo, or even mismanaging their own company’s online community engagement. It’s become so prevalent that there are even blogs dedicated specifically to these people.

As companies sort out their own social media policy and privacy concerns for their employees, I still think about those on the other end looking for employment and navigating this new world. Is this too much information?

Clearly it is, and people are thinking ahead.

We’ve been reminded time (#AnthonyWeiner) and time (#BrettFavre) and time (#PrinceHarry) and time (#ScarlettJohansson) again about the perils of incriminating images surfacing online and how it can seriously harm your career. Since clearly this trend is not going away… what about protecting ourselves before this happens? Well, Snapchat has solved that. Bred out of a clear need, Snapchat allows you to send photos while you’re texting, but the photo disappears after a timer runs out and if someone takes a screenshot, the sender is notified right away. I’m sure Anthony Weiner (or at least his career) would have benefited from an app like this.

But I still think back to the gaggle of girls, and wonder what’s going to happen when they enter the professional world? Making a second, more “professional” social media account is an option. However, I see this option slowly disappearing. Firstly, it’s not hard to look up either accounts, or using a people search (like peekyou.com) finding all your social media profiles at once. Secondly, social media is taking means to avoid these fake accounts. Facebook alone is reporting that 83 million accounts are faked . They have even changed some of their security settings to limit these fake accounts. Lastly, who wants to manage that many personal social media accounts?! Another option is to go through your current social media and “clean it up”. I myself have well over 10 social media accounts, and on Facebook alone I have been an active member for about 8 years! Who has the time to scroll through and change all those privacy settings? What will the gaggle do with their 10 million posts of duck face mirror pictures?
SimpleWash is an app that acts with a Facebook “Social Scrubber” app, and flags inappropriate content. It has a pre-compiled list of words that have been identified as socially offensive, or you can also add your own undesirable words. All your posts, likes, photos, comments, shares etc. are reviewed and a list is populated of the content to review, and is easily accessible to delete or change the privacy settings.

I suppose as we navigate this new and ever expanding online world, it’s best to remind ourselves, and teach the next generation, that “What happens in Vegas… stays on the internet”.