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Social Networking and Being Outed

By Patti Wigington

A reader writes in with a dilemma that many of you have probably experienced. Starr says, “I have a MySpace page, and on it I’m open about my beliefs. Some people in my town are Friends with someone on MY top Friends list, and now everyone in town knows I’m Wiccan. I’m getting emails and comments from people I’ve never even heard of that are telling me I’m going to hell and calling me a devil worshipper. I don’t know what to 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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