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I’ve touched on this before, but the message is worth repeating.

Throughout social media (and, indeed, the internet) people like to talk about real life, making the distinction between that and whatever else it is they’re doing online.

There is no difference. Twitter, Facebook, Google – these are all a part of your reality, and therefore a part of your life. And as usage numbers rise month-on-month, the void that became a blur is now a bond. That stuff you’re doing and saying in your status updates has an impact everywhere else, too. And vice versa.

If you’re faking it on one side in the hope that this will help you make it on the other, you’re kidding yourself. Everybody has secrets behind closed doors, but if the internet you is being painted with a very different brush to the ‘real’ you then you’re playing a very dangerous game. Even if you (somehow) make it into overtime, this simply increases the odds that you’re going to get caught out.

Trust me on this – somebody has already noticed. What happens when they blow the whistle?

(Image credit: Klikkers.)

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