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“Does what happens in Vegas, really just stay in Vegas anymore”?

On a recent trip to Las Vegas with friends, I saw a fabulous billboard which read, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays on Facebook and Youtube Forever.” Socialnomics cited the following recent statistics: • If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s 3rd largest and 2x the size of the U.S. • Facebook now tops Google for weekly traffic in the U.S. • 80% of companies use social media for recruitment. • 1 in 5 couples meet online. • 1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook. Perfect strangers now have the opportunity to upload pictures of anything that we do without our permission. Nowhere has this fact been more evident than the recent posting of pictures of the Vancouver riots. Young people were singled out and in some cases convicted at least partially based on photos uploaded to Youtube and Facebook. Apparently with the right tools, our exact location can be tracked by the pictures we have uploaded to our own page!! So what does this all mean for you and I? Well, given the fact that employers, spouses and others now have the opportunity to learn almost anything about us through what they can find on social media sites, I would suggest that we must be careful about what we do and where we do it. Whether you are out partying at Stampede, flirting with other men or women, or partaking in unflattering activity, it may have serious repercussions for your personal or professional life.

Though social media has given us the opportunity to freely communicate with people on the other side of the world, track down long lost classmates or friends, become an overnight sensation, or learn at a distance, there is still a downside! In that moment that we may choose to ‘let loose’, I ask you, “Will what happens in Vegas, stay in Vegas?”