Trump can tweet what he wants because he either contradicts the messages later on or complete denies he ever posted them. Trump is different. He simply does not care, but for the rest of us social networks work in a very different way.
Consider your children or anyone looking to get a new job today and you start to realise that history suddenly becomes fact and that everything counts.
Years back, you could apply for a job, say the right things in an interview (I enjoy a challenge, I love working in a team blah blah b*llocks) and you would get the job with no further checks.
Things are different now and everything you post on Twitter or Facebook is likely available to a potential new employer to read and to surmise what your personality is really like. The problem here is that our social networking histories do not reflect our personalities in any way.
We all lose our rags from time to time and post things we shouldn’t, we all have opinions and these services are designed to let people speak in situations where they may normally stay quiet. It’s a bit like people who are tough and angry via email, but the moment they are face to face in a meeting, they are meek and mild. There are so many of these people.
It worries me that so much of what we say is there to be checked and double-checked, but of course no-one forces us to use social media so there is a very easy answer. Or is there?
“John, I have this applicant who seems a perfect fit for the job, but they don’t use social media. That’s a bit weird?”
You probably can’t win and I was worried for my kids until I realised that they only post photos on Instagram and use Snapchat. Twitter and Facebook are too old for them and they see them as services for their parents.
Maybe this problem will swing right past them because they use services that are so temporary and hard to read, and maybe only adults of today are worrying about this kind of thing.