The recent story about Olympic track star Lolo Jones, where she posted a video on Vine about her paycheck from the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, brings up the old reminder that once it’s out there, it’s out there. Once you post something online, it’s there for good, you can delete a tweet or a facebook update, but that record is still out there somewhere. A brief lapse in sound judgement could mean months of ridicule, not just for people in the spotlight, but everyday folks as well.
This is an important reason why we are building PTSD United, so that our users can be free to share what they want, and never worry about any backlash or criticism. A free, anonymous social network where users can be as open & honest as they want to be, without ever worrying about a post or comment having any sort of impact down the road. We are all about connecting people with similar experiences, where they can come together for each other, and not be shy about opening up.
Now of course users can choose to be anonymous, but just having that as an option, we feel at least, breaks down barriers and stigma’s associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A useful, helpful community where some members remain anonymous as their own comfort seems fit, gets me to thinking that people like Lolo Jones and others wish they could have a bit more anonymity after some of the content they post.