Having an online presence makes it easy for a stalker to find very personal information about their subject of investigation. As I attempted to stalk my professor, I was very surprised that I could find so much information on her political beliefs, location, address, family and friends. Tons of her information was just a click away and easy to find. As discussed in class, privacy is a major issue that we deal with if we take part in social media and digital culture. After stalking my professor online, I am concerned with how much information is available to random people all over the world who only need a phone or computer to find my information.
After taking some time to stalk Professor Abdoney, I have found that she is very interested in social, economic, and political equality, she celebrates pride and sexual equality, and she is against patriarchy. With this information, I can assume that she could be a Democrat and most of her friends are too. She has developed a liberal echo chamber with most of her friends showing support of her posts with comments and likes. I also found family information about her husband Ned, who she shares a two-story home with in Lexington, Virginia. She and her husband have a son named Emmett who also has a presence on social media with his own Facebook page and photos online. Before meeting her husband, she went to H.B. Plant High School and attended the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, she was apart of a sorority called Alpha Xi. Before moving to Lexington in her home on Myers Street, she lived in St. Petersburg, Gainesville, and Tampa, Florida. She has a cat with green eyes and wore green shoes on her wedding day. Green could potentially be her favorite color, but I would need to do more stalking to find out. From her presence on Facebook, I have found out that she enjoys the Babysitters Club and Power Puff girls. It also seems likes she likes to spend time knitting and hanging out with her son and husband when she is not working at Washington and Lee. She began working at Washington and Lee University in 2006. She teaches a first-year seminar called DCI 180: Black Mirrors in Digital Culture, but is also interested in library instruction, information literacy, student outreach, and first-year experience at W&L. In 2012 she was granted tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. If you ever need to contact her, her cellphone is (540) 458-8647.
The fact that all this information was so easy for me to find is very concerning when I think about my own online presence. When I look at my own social media, people who are looking to find information about me can check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, GroupMe, Snapchat and Google. It worries me how much personal information is online for anyone to access, but so far my presence could not do any harm to my reputation. I would not want to change my online presence because I am private on all my social media accounts and am smart about what I post. As we discussed in class, it is important to remember that everything I post will last forever and that the “issues of surveillance, privacy, and online identity” are very concerning for our online presence. (Digital Redlining, Access, and Privacy by Chris Gilliard).