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When You’re Outed Online

By Patti Wigington

With the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, it’s no surprise that some members of the Pagan community are finding themselves accidentally “outed.” A reader writes in and says, “I have a Facebook page, and there’s a spot for “religion” and I put “Pagan.” Now all these people that I hardly even know are looking at my Facebook page and sending me emails asking me if I’m really a witch and telling me I might go to hell and they’re going to pray for me. It’s none of their business! What do I do?”

Well, first of all, accept the fact that you’ve outed yourself. You may not have meant to, but if you put information out there on the Internet, anyone can see it. Particularly with social networking sites, where people often click on their Friends’ profiles and then click further to learn about people who might be interesting, it’s very easy for a total stranger to learn about you and what you believe. Sadly, some of these people can be total idiots. While you can’t un-do what’s been done, there are a few steps you can take to make things easier.

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