Once something sticks to the Web, good luck getting it unstuck

Have your embarrassing moments been immortalized online? Getting them removed is even harder than you think -- even when you do everything right.

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The lesson here? Once something sticks to the Web it's very hard to get it unstuck, thanks in large part to bots and other algorithms that operate independently from humans. Things take on a life of their own. And though Samantha did better than most at cleaning up what was a relatively small mess, she couldn't get to all of it.

Fortunately this incident has not impacted her new career, and with luck it never will.

It's a cliche, but it still bears repeating: Before you do anything in the public arena, think long and hard about how your activities are going to play out on the Web. Don't post anything stupid or do anything silly online just for attention -- and don't let your friends catch you in the act and share it with the world, either. One day it could come back to bite you. And if you don't believe me, just ask Samantha.

Got a question about social media? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynanwrites. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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