This past weekend at the Como Social Media Club Facebook Camp, I learned a new term that has quickly become the buzzword I over use: Whitewalling. Urban dictionary defines white walling as “Immediately removing all traces of likes, comments, and other junk from your Facebook wall so that people you’re “friends” with (95 percent of whom you dislike and just have to accept to maintain decorum in work and family relationships) can’t track you, judge you, know anything about who you are or what you are doing or who’s involved in your life. usage: Whitewalling allows Roger to maintain control over his online identity.”
Though I haven’t gone as far as to start removing every thing posted on my wall, I have been slowly removing personal info. As I work towards making a profession out of my social media hobby, the amount of information that was on there seemed like an over share. Especially when it seems like every single person I know wants to be my Facebook friend.
Let’s face it, my personal beliefs are out of the norm and though I am not in anyway ashamed of them I didn’t necessarily want them to be my first introduction to someone. I wouldn’t walk up to someone I met once or twice and tell them my political and religious beliefs. And while I don’t mind my high school classmates knowing I have twins, I don’t necessarily want them perusing baby pictures of them either.
I often joke to people that Facebook is for things I don’t want to hear from people I know and Twitter is for things I do want to hear from people I don’t know. But it’s true. Facebook was once a way for me to get back in contact with old friends. Now it’s just another sanitized version of myself. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that I trust strangers with my thoughts more than I trust my neighbors.
So how about you?
Do you whitewall or do you put it all out there?