Google never forgets, while beware of Facebook and Twitter slip-ups: Editor’s Eye comment

Things you post online can stay with you forever

Things you post online can stay with you forever

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CAN you believe the stuff people write on Facebook or Twitter?

I never cease to be amazed by the complete lack of discretion and thought shown by some dipsticks.

Just this week I’ve witnessed one guy accidentally reveal his new sexual orientation, a professional colleague (who should know better) expressing a personal opinion of a workmate and one little scumbag who chose to detail his latest, sordid criminal act.

Perhaps I’ve got it wrong and social networks are the new medium for confessing your sins?

This, of course, isn’t the case and increasingly many people, and in particular, young people, are coming to regret their words shared via cyberspace, not to mention some of the lurid images they foolishly share with their schoolmates.

However, at least items posted on Facebook can be restricted or, if later regretted, deleted. Websites on the internet are not so forgiving.

Every week I get requests from people who want something deleted from our site. It might just have been a night’s drinking which got a little out of hand, an old unpaid council tax bill or even a political group which seemed a good idea when you were a student. But all these things, thanks to the power of the internet can come back to haunt you — not least because new employers love to do a quick Google search.

Not that I’m pretending to be holier than thou, as I’ve been on night outs which didn’t end too well, attended a few student demos and even had the odd brush with the law — and they’ve all been reported.

But, and here’s the rub, you’ll never be able to find the details. However, if I’d lived my youth in the 1990s or later, rather than a couple of decades earlier, I’d have to live with these things forever.

Have you ever got into a tangle over something you've said or done online? Ever you ever revealed any sins or secrets on the web? Add your comments below.

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4:57pm Tue 5 Feb 13

banjo8 says...

Eye, eye - so what has the Ed been up to after dark then?
Eye, eye - so what has the Ed been up to after dark then? banjo8
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5:50pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Once its been seen it's game set and match. Surrey all out.

I could mention a certain membership list that a disgruntled employee leaked for the whole world to see who is a racist and where they live. ROFL

PS, and they post on here. My lips are sealed. ROFLMAO.
Once its been seen it's game set and match. Surrey all out. I could mention a certain membership list that a disgruntled employee leaked for the whole world to see who is a racist and where they live. ROFL PS, and they post on here. My lips are sealed. ROFLMAO. Gypo.Joe
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9:59pm Tue 5 Feb 13

rarecockneyguvnor says...

Ohh go on Joe spill dah beans, well we all know about 92 vote Tony Brewer, is it the fat geezer from dahn the Vale.

Not Little hampton Karl ?
Ohh go on Joe spill dah beans, well we all know about 92 vote Tony Brewer, is it the fat geezer from dahn the Vale. Not Little hampton Karl ? rarecockneyguvnor
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11:23am Wed 6 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Yes him. Mrs Daleys fat boy Karl.

Karl don't ever mention Reculver anymore, shame I got a couple of the chaps going to buy him a beer in dah club there. ( well when he shows his chubby face )
Yes him. Mrs Daleys fat boy Karl. Karl don't ever mention Reculver anymore, shame I got a couple of the chaps going to buy him a beer in dah club there. ( well when he shows his chubby face ) Gypo.Joe
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2:14pm Wed 6 Feb 13

banjo8 says...

What is this, some sort of in club where people speak in code?
What is this, some sort of in club where people speak in code? banjo8
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3:13pm Wed 6 Feb 13

the wall says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Yes him. Mrs Daleys fat boy Karl.

Karl don't ever mention Reculver anymore, shame I got a couple of the chaps going to buy him a beer in dah club there. ( well when he shows his chubby face )
Who's Karl Nicholas Daley?


There was a woman at my place of work, who went sick for a day but was on failbook saying what, where and when is she doing things......... No job to come back to after that.

Social media developed quicker than most of the people using have.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Yes him. Mrs Daleys fat boy Karl. Karl don't ever mention Reculver anymore, shame I got a couple of the chaps going to buy him a beer in dah club there. ( well when he shows his chubby face )[/p][/quote]Who's Karl Nicholas Daley? There was a woman at my place of work, who went sick for a day but was on failbook saying what, where and when is she doing things......... No job to come back to after that. Social media developed quicker than most of the people using have. the wall
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10:56am Fri 8 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Don't even mention Leonie A Wiffen, Karl gets out of his pram if ya do like innit.
Don't even mention Leonie A Wiffen, Karl gets out of his pram if ya do like innit. Gypo.Joe
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