Scottish LD candidate comes a cropper thanks to social network websites

Be careful what your friends post.

Incidentally, if you use MySpace / Facebook et al there is a school of thought which suggests that under the principle of better safe than sorry, you should consider putting an imprint on your profile page.

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  • I’m fast getting used to the whole ‘live life openly and online’ thing, but looking through younger friends facebooks &c the number of pictures that just shouldn’t be posted publicly is scary.

    Still, hopefully he’ll get past it (then, he’s chasing a big majority so doubt it’ll make a difference). Don’t think the way he apologised was good, he should’ve simply explained what happened and pointed out it was in sensible situations.

  • Without getting all po-faced there is an issue here in terms of people’s attitudes.

    Years back (AKA when I was young!) such activities would be remembered by those there. Rarely they might be photographed but those photographs would have fairly limited circulation for practical reasons. By the time someone reaches political prominence 10-15 years later most such photos will have been lost.

    Now, anytime anyone goes out and does something vaguely stupid most of their friends will have video recorders or certainly cameras on their phones to document it. It also makes it easier to emulate Paris Hilton 🙂

    It’s also massively easier to circulate such recordings via the various websites.

    Once something is on a website it is very difficult to remove it – you certainly don’t know who else has copied it.

    So such incidents are likely to become much more common and people will be less able to leave the foolish excesses of their past behind them.

  • people will be less able to leave the foolish excesses of their past behind them.

    But, conversely, people will be more accepting and tolerant, as we’ll be more used to there being records of us as well.

    Admittedly, that’s not going to be the case for awhile, but we are more used to it than we were. At least sites are getting better with their privacy functions these days.

  • He’s standing in a seat where Libdems came 6th last time beated by SSP and SSCU, so any potential electoral impact won’t be a problem anyway.
    If it had happened in a target seat, it would have been more “interesting” in terms of voters reaction.
    Maybe the reaction would depend on the seat where a candidate is standing (would the voters of Brighton, Oxford or Cambridge react in the same way of the voters of the Western Islands?)

  • Apparently one of the photos shows him “swigging from a bottle”.

    Sounds like a most dangerous character 🙂

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