by Anshu Siripurapu
Photo by Sean Macentee
A growing number of USC students who use the popular social network Facebook are beginning to realize that what they post actually remains visible on their “Timelines.”
“I had no idea that the pictures of me high-rolling in 7th grade would still be visible years later,” Eduardo Deleterin, an Annenberg sophomore majoring in Snapchat said, “I thought that stuff just went away, ya know?”
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, said that while his company remains committed to user privacy, there is nothing they can do about people posting compromising pictures of themselves.
“I urge the public to use caution when posting things to Facebook,” Zuckerberg said in a press release, “Especially the Winkelvi.”
For many students, the new realization was accompanied by a sobering return to a particularly dark time in their past.
“I’ve finally come to terms with how undeniably shitty my life in 2008 was,” Sean Parker, a Viterbi freshman majoring in illegal file-sharing said.
Perhaps the only positive effect is on relationships. With “Facebook stalking” replacing baseball as the national pastime, couples now can share in the joy of explaining their entire life histories.
“I love the fact that all my previous relationships have been carefully documented and arranged chronologically,” Jake Blake, a Dornsife freshman majoring in “Ponzi Schemes in The Third World” said, “It’s a great way to foster healthy dialogue.”
For others, it was a wake-up call that the Internet is indeed written in stone. “It’s a shame that most people haven’t realized that our future bosses may be looking at this stuff,” Diana Ross, a junior majoring in ‘Greek studies,’ said while taking a selfie of herself doing a keg stand.