Published by Lori Pickert on December 16, 2011 at 02:57 PM

There’s no act too small to record on your permanent record. All of the mouse droppings that appear as we migrate around the Web will be saved.Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain on Facebook's Timeline

Make sure you explain this to your kids. Tech people know — the internet will remember everything, forever.


Comment by Steph on December 16, 2011 at 06:47 PM

Do prospective employers cull this information and read about how an applicant was an irresponsible drunk in college? I've heard this, but I don't know whether it's true. Sounds a bit Orwellian.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 16, 2011 at 11:04 PM

oh yes. they do.

it's not just pictures of people partying. stupid comments on twitter, for example, live forever. i have a friend whose teenager is tweeting truly awful sexist garbage. it's the kind of thing one teen boy would say to his friends, but he's saying it in public, on the internet, and it's going to exist in one form or another forever. and he has a twitter "handle" but his real name is plastered on his page. gah!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM

"More than half (53 percent) of employers research potential job candidates on social networks such as Facebook, says CareerBuilder.co.uk."


why do i think the u.s. is probably higher than 53%?

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 23, 2011 at 04:10 PM

“Know that the Internet has no eraser.” — Liz Strauss

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