Great Job, Internet!: People discover their first Facebook posts haven’t aged like fine wine

Can a person’s character truly be judged by the content of his or her Facebook timeline (né wall)? Hopefully not, as that stuff tends to be completely mortifying, especially with the passage of time. In a fiendish little video experiment, Mashable recently had some people read their very first Facebook posts aloud on camera.

The results were every bit as awkward and embarrassing as one would hope. Facebook has a remarkable capacity for taking people’s fleeting obsessions, bad decisions, half-formed thoughts, and regrettable jokes and not only broadcasting them to the entire world but also preserving them for years to come, so that future generations can share the shame and humiliation. The participants know what they’re in for here. Merely upon hearing the instructions, one young woman covers her face and says, “Oh my god, I’m so nervous!” She has a right to be: When she …

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