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Greg James tries to delete his most embarrassing photos from the web. Along the way, he meets listeners who've lost control of their online image and realises the consequences of sharing too much.

From Snapchat and Instagram to Twitter and Facebook, sharing our favourite snaps is now part of everyday life. But when our private pictures become public property we can't always predict the outcome. First, Greg meets Hannah, who experienced first-hand the frustration of an embarrassing drunken photo being shared by a friend who just refuses to take it down. We meet sixth form students who use Snapchat to make sure that their embarrassing photos decay within ten seconds - but with screen grabs so easy to take and share they remind us that it's all about who you trust.

But what happens when those you trust the most let you down? Holly and David both shared intimate photos with their partners while in long distance relationships, but when they split up the photos appeared on 'Revenge Porn' websites which displayed them along with links to their social networking pages. Harassed by messages from people across the world viewing their most private moments Holly was even forced to change her name for her own safety.

We also meet many who have lost and found jobs as a result of online photos. Model Jake Barratt was signed by Premier Model Scout Anthony Gordon after a colleague spotted his chiselled features in his Facebook profile picture. On the other hand, Will was stopped from hiring someone as a runner on a TV comedy show because they were mooning the camera in their profile picture! Employment lawyer Juliette Franklin also tells us about cases she's had to handle where colleagues and friends reporting photos resulted in disciplinary action.

It's not just today's photos which can affect us - we meet pupils who've forgotten about their old MySpace photos, including one which labelled them as part of the 'Dirty Skankers Club'. Kate also tells us about her experiences of bullying when her Dad's collection of family photos was uncovered by the whole school.

Finally we hear from Carol Todd, the mother of Amanda Todd, a 15 year old Canadian teenager who committed suicide in 2012 after being bullied online and offline due to topless photos taken on a webcam by someone she thought was her own age.

Along the way Greg meets with online expert Darika Ahrens to hunt down his most embarrassing online photos and see how easy it would be for him to get them removed. When he hears from Yasmin, who says Facebook refused to remove a fake account under her name, he presses Darika for the best advice on how to deal with the big social network sites and how to take control of what people see when they search for you online.

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Mon 3 Feb 2014 21:00