Thanks, Karissa, for sending this collection of reasons why it makes sense to be careful when you post photos online..
5. Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
What do you do with a drunken pirate? Throw her in the brig–or, if you’re Millersville University, deny her a teaching degree. That’s what happened to Stacey Snyder, a then-27-year-old student teacher who posted a self portrait to her MySpace page under the caption “drunk pirate,” even though it was not clear from the photo exactly what liquid was in her plastic cup. The Pennsylvania-based university decided the picture was “unprofessional” enough to rescind Snyder’s degree, just days before it was to be awarded in May 2006. Snyder sued the university in federal court, claiming it violated her First Amendment rights (not to mention, of course, her Right to Paaaaar-tay). As of publication date of this story, that suit is still active.
Karissa also sends a story that notes YouTube is relying on its users to police its site for inappropriate videos. Every 5 mintes, 13 new hours of video are being uploaded to YouTube.