Have my life together but worried about past blunders on the internet

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by Armani Code, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    Hello Your Brain Rebalanced, I am a 20 year old male who has recently turned his former miserable life around. I found this site because I was serious about quitting porn for good but I also have somewhat of an internet addiction I want to break. Now I have a girlfriend, a few friends, and some hobbies.

    Around 3 years ago I had no life, no friends, and was sitting at home and working a miserable job at a fast food restaurant instead of going to college (financial issues and taking a gap year). I was depressed, had nothing going for me, hated life, and instead of seeking mental help I posted my problems on a few internet forums (not a wise decision). I have posted on a grand total of around 4 different forums. I used to spend a lot of time online.

    2 of those forums which I thought were self-improvement forums were actually forums which many trolls, psychos, and other users just down on their life. Being sensitive and not used to forum culture I got into a few heated arguments with some members. On one of the forums we had a picture thread where I posted pictures of myself and my friends (also not a wise decision).

    One day some user decides to take the pictures of me, do some photoshops, and post a thread making fun of my friends and the way I look. I thought no big deal at first. He was banned shortly after that too.

    I also put my location up (a city in the northeast with a decent sized population) and that also created some buzz. Trolls talking about how they are going to find me in my city, find my information, and tell all of my real life friends about what I posted on internet forums. Some of these guys followed me to multiple forums and the moderators had enough of them harassing me so they banned these guys.

    Around 2013 I finally had my life together.

    Back in November I decided to do some research and my mind was blown at what some of the trolls did. I realized that someone took a picture of me, posted it on a few forums across the web, and even impersonated me and used my pic to pass off as himself. This guy must have had a lot of time on his hands.

    Doing a google image search I found that google yielded multiple pages worth of results for my pic :eek: :eek: :eek:

    As they say, once something is on the internet it is there forever. When I put my username on some of the forums on google, the pic of me came up when I looked at the results in google images. Pics of me at the beach with my surfboard and pics of me with my girlfriend.

    It seems like the troll stopped sometime back in september of 2013 but the images are still up. He has also been banned from multiple forums where he did impersonate me.

    I am happy to finally move on from that part of my life when I used to post depressing stuff on internet forums but I am afraid now that what I posted on the forums will come to affect my real social life and my loved ones even though it is old material.

    What is the best action to take if any at all? Am I panicking too much or did I royally fuck up?
     
  2. Cbeet310

    Cbeet310 New Member

    You said they put up pics of you but what is the big deal? From what you wrote it doesn't seem bad. Are they incriminating you in a crime? Is it a pic of you banging an underaged chick? If not I don't see how it would matter.

    Congrats on turning your life around and stuff.
     
  3. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    I have a few stalkers from one of the forums, one actually claimed to have seen me in real life and stuff. Its like I want to move on but I left such a strong impression that certain people from there want to seek me out. I just do not want to explain my forum history and some of the rants I made to my friends.
     
  4. Cbeet310

    Cbeet310 New Member

    Ya, I understand. I would be bothered by people saying stuff like that too. I wish I could help more but maybe you can notify authorities that these people are doing this although they will most likely have their hands tied. Also you probably don't want to involve them. Damn bro. Can you like completely reboot your computer and change passwords and IP address to be anonymous?
     
  5. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    a little too late for that now. I was posting on forums while I had some issues going on with my life, didn't care and put my face pics up. Left all of the forums a long time ago but some guys still have an axe to grind against me.
     
  6. Hodie

    Hodie New Member

    Hey man, try talking to reputation.com. I know they can assist at times with image takedowns. Hope it helps man, I know that can suck.
     
  7. Meatloaf

    Meatloaf New Member

    never ever reply to those forums or any emails from those forums. Move on. Idiots will lose interest on you once they stop getting a response. It can take a bit of time but likely not a whole lot for the whole thing to die down.

    Don't go online as much - pick up a book on barbells and weightlifting or whatever. Concentrate on positive things that improve yourself. Blatantly ignore all of the past that you explained.

    Trolls feed from reactions and struggle - give none.
     
  8. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    I understand and that would be the easy part except a few people from the forums I posted on live in the same city as me and have actually run into me before which means they can simply take more pictures of me, put them up, and moving on might not be so easy afterall. Pretty sad that I had to go through the circumstances in life which brought me to some terrible online communities and fucked up that the stuff I did as a teen could potentially mess up my 20s. One would think a lot of the guys would move on but we aren't talking kids who want to improve their lives, we're talking people who've given up and take pleasure in trying to ruin the lives of others. Guess the only thing I can do now is live my life, shut off the noise, and not even bother checking. I know this whole issue will take a while to die down but from my mistake I learned a valuable lesson about life.
     
  9. ls558

    ls558 Member

    Your best bet is to flood the internet with positive information about you. Nobody goes past the first few items on their Google search. If there's enough information that reflects positively on you, nobody will bother digging for the dirt... just keep producing new, positive content to flood out the bad stuff.

    I have made mistakes online too. Some that could completely destroy my life now. But if you google my name, all you will see is stuff related to my profession.
     
  10. Cbeet310

    Cbeet310 New Member

    Interesting concept. I like that idea.
     
  11. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    I hate to intrude on your personal life at all and you don't have to share this with me, if you like you can share by PM, but what mistakes on the internet could possibly destroy your life? Only thing I see doing that is if you have a felony on your record.
     
  12. Armani Code

    Armani Code New Member

    I know norms change but if you said something that was alright 5 years ago and is wrong now then I doubt people will hold it against you as much. Man HR are made out to be some of the most heartless people on the planet.
     

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