Privacy online is a hot topic. I will be honest and say I never really get what the fuss is about.
Recently it seems everyone is up in arms over Klout changing it’s algorithm resulting in many people’s scores plummeting. Some are accusing Klout of “stealing” their information.
Every time Facebook changes it’s privacy settings the global trend is to complain about how evil they are to do such a thing.
Some even say Google+ is the best network because it respects privacy. LinkedIn and Twitter don’t seem to receive the same level of hate because, I guess, it’s widely understood that the info there is meant to be found.
Ok, so WHAT is the problem people?
Here are some friendly reminders about social media and online presences:
No one forced you to put that information online
Did Mark Zuckerberg come to your house with a gun and say “Dude, put ALL your family photos, your deepest darkest thoughts, and all your contact details on Facebook NOW”? I didn’t think so.
Similarly, no social network respects your privacy – kind of goes against the whole idea doesn’t it?
Klout may have “stolen” your information and created profiles against your will but they are NOT the only ones. They are only using the same information that you’ve already posted up all over the internet.
Don’t all search engines work like that too?
And, no, Google+ isn’t any better.
C’mon, when was the last time you saw Google making things impossible to find?
There is no such thing as a FREE lunch
If you are not paying for a service or a product then YOU are the PRODUCT not the customer. Let me illustrate:
All these tools are free for you to use. It’s up to you to decide how YOU use them.
Manage your online presence
THINK before you post.
Do you really think that album “Good Times” on Facebook is really private?
Do you really want your future employer/spouse/client to see you in a bikini/dressed as a giant baby/making out with a random dude/doing something illegal?* (delete as appropriate)
I’m not saying you should put up images of yourself in a suit and tie to protect your online image but at the end of the day THINK.
If you are not happy with something being put up on a billboard then maybe it shouldn’t go online.
Use that as your mantra and I promise you’ll stop crying about the evil that are the free online tools.
At the end of the day you are free to disable your online accounts, cut off your electricity, and go and live in a cave.
That way NO ONE will ever be able to find you.
Just watch out, I think that’s how they found Bin Laden.
How do you manage your online presence?
image source: Geek and Poke