Snapchat users: there is no guarantee that this app will keep your private photos offline. The only way to keep yourself from falling victim to a Snapchat screenshot is to practice online reputation management. To find out more, fill out the form on the right for a free consultation.
Recently, a new app called Snapchat has taken the privacy industry by storm. It is an invaluable tool for individuals who are looking to protect their privacy and practice online reputation management, by making sure that racy, inappropriate, or unprofessional photos do not exist long enough to be posted online.
Since its release, the cell phone application has climbed the list of best-sellers and has attracted plenty of media coverage, including a New York Times article that suggested that the app might cut down on sexting. Though one of the app’s co-creators admits that app was partially inspired by the Anthony Weiner scandal, the truth is that he never envisioned it being used for sexting. As co-founder Evan Spiegal told TechCrunch, “[High school] students were using it to pass notes and communicate during the school day.” While some wonder whether the app will one day replace Instagram as the top social photo app, we should not overlook the way that it will help individuals with their online reputation management.
Snapchat and Online Reputation Management
Many jobseekers have been denied jobs or even interviews because of unprofessional pictures of themselves posted on their Facebook or other social media profiles. These pictures or even inappropriate pictures that you are tagged in can index in Google and show up whenever someone searches for your name. In many cases, these photos will continue to index even if you un-tag yourself or remove them from your profile altogether. Online daters that don’t practice online reputation management have also run into trouble when pictures of themselves in unflattering poses or pictured with former significant others show up in search results. Thanks to Snapchat, individuals can share pictures of themselves with friends or significant others and set the photos to automatically erase from the other recipient’s phone after they have been viewed. The sender will also receive a notification if the recipient tries to take a screenshot of the shared image.
Our biggest recommendation would be to avoid taking or sending inappropriate pictures altogether, but those who still want to should consider using Snapchat to do so. Doing so means that you will not have to worry about the types of privacy breaches that have affected celebrities like Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, and Vanessa Hudgens.
However, for many people this app is too little, too late. If you have already been tagged in pictures that you do not want others to see, or have had pictures that you intended to be private end up being shared or distributed online, these images will index in Google and show up whenever someone searches for you online. This can severely damage your personal and professional life, and destroy the online reputation you have built for yourself. If photos or content that you do not want seen by others are currently online, reach out to us right away to learn how we can suppress and even completely remove this content so that you can take back control of your reputation.
Proper online reputation managementis the only way to reverse the damage so fill out the form on the right side of this page to learn what is out there hurting your online reputation; maybe it is even a photo that you took on Snapchat. Every second you wait to take control of your online reputation management is more time for further damage to be done.
Snapchat users: did someone take a screenshot of the photo you shared on Snapchat? Find out if these photos or other harmful information is impacting your online reputation by filling out the form on the right side of this page for a free evaluation.