Over-sharing in the digital age.
July 25, 2010 § 1 Comment
With all the fresh high school graduates out there moving on to college and looking for jobs I have one simple piece of advice: don’t over-share online. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but the pictures live on the Internet forever. If you don’t think the person looking at your application isn’t Googling you or trying to back-door your Facebook page, you’re in for a rude awaking. Just recently, the Library of Congress acquired every single tweet ever made on twitter since its beginning and will continue to do so forever. Mama mia, that’s-a one big hard drive.
Recently, I learned about a new social media service called Foursquare. Foursquare is sort of like twitter with the intent of sharing where you are at any given moment and meeting up with your friends. “Hey, I’m eating pizza at Tomato Head” would be an example. Then, I found out from Craig there is a site called Please Rob Me , which essentially aggregates this information so anybody can easily find out where people are. “Hey, I’m vacationing in Cancun and thousands of miles from my home. Please rob me.”
When I was raised, I was taught to have somebody pick-up my mail and newspapers when gone on vacation so I don’t leave cues to robbers that might case my neighborhood. Leave a porch light on, ya’ know? Heck, I even broke down the box my big screen TV came in so people driving by on trash day wouldn’t know I got one for Christmas. The moral of the story is to just use some common sense when you’re out there being social on the Internet. Don’t over-share and please, don’t rob me.