Social media for the introverted scientist (an opinion)

When I first read the question for this essay competition, I immediately associated the word 'social' with the word 'personal', i.e. outside of work. Social media is becoming an important source of primary information about the lives of ordinary people like you and me. But I am wary.

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Compared to other forms of historical artefacts, physical media for digital information have shorter lifespans. But for various reasons, digital information online is notoriously difficult to delete (see internet archive). On a personal level, it could be a disaster. One mistake in your youth could look unfavourably upon you in the future, when you are looking for that next career step. So, while I am online, I try to remain quiet.