Most of us, at some point, for whatever perfectly acceptable reason, will take a provocative photo of ourselves. Maybe we take it for our significant other, or someone we’d like to know significantly, or for ourselves, or for a human body project, or because we’re practicing figure drawing and have no one else to model for us. And while there’s some of us who can say not only “I’m sexy and I know it” but “I’m sexy and I want everyone to know it,” most of us have a particular person or set of people in mind when we take these pictures, and generally that does not include the bevy of family members, past and current coworkers, and high school rivals that we’ve inevitably added on Facebook.
So what do you when you’ve accidentally posted a smutty picture on your favorite social networking site?
First of all, to avoid this mess in the first place, I recommend using the Thumbnail View when selecting photos to upload instead of the List View. You may think that IMG_285 is a picture of your cupcakes, but it’s actually a picture of your cupcakes (Kristen Bell knows what I’m talking about). This is not the time to trust yourself. But let’s say it’s too late for that and you’ve just realized what a terrible, terrible mistake you’ve made.
Don’t panic. Especially don’t panic and scream and turn your computer monitor off, because that doesn’t stop anyone else from seeing your mistake. Calmly delete the post from your wall. Simple, right? But that will just stop your picture from appearing in the newsfeed and doesn’t get rid of the photo itself, so find your Wall Photos album and delete the offending snapshot from there as well. While this is happening, you should be contacting your best friend. If she’s in class or a meeting, tell her it’s an emergency. This is why we have best friends in the first place. She will not only help you calm down but will check Facebook for any sign of your bare flesh aside from that embarrassing baby picture your mom tagged you in.
Once you’re sure you’ve deleted all the evidence, go ahead and post the picture you had intended on showing off. Just quadruple check it this time, okay?