So I did a Google search on myself, and I was absolutely mortified by what I had found. My Facebook profile appeared, and my school swimming results from 2008 popped up, but what surprised me the most was my Twitter account. I discovered that I hadn’t changed any of my settings to ‘private’ and everything I had previously posted was open for anyone to view. So this got me thinking. It was my decision to join Twitter and share information, and at the end of the day, it is my responsibility to regulate what I choose to share. Jason Ng from ZDNet Asia agrees by saying that ultimately, end-users have to be responsible for their own privacy (Ng, 2011). Similarly, Evans (2010) states that every tweet, update, video and blog post is a micro-chapter of your public profile and anyone can gain access to it. But there are people out there who disagree. Thompson (2011) explains that people tend to think of privacy as a kind of ‘right’ and it is “something that we as individuals can legitimately claim as belonging to us.”
So to those who think their right to ‘privacy’ will protect them, I suggest you visit pleaserobme.com. It’s a huge eye opener, and it might make you rethink your next Facebook ‘check-in.’
Evans, Mark. 2010. “The Dark Side of Social Media and Privacy.” Accessed April 28, 2012. http://www.markevanstech.com/2010/02/21/the-dark-side-of-social-media-and-privacy/
Ng, Jason. 2011. “New Social Apps Pushing Privacy Boundaries.” Accessed April 28, 2012. http://www.zdnetasia.com/new-social-apps-pushing-privacy-boundaries-62208374.htm
Thompson, John B. 2011. “Shifting boundaries of public and private life”. Theory Culture Society 28 (4): 49-70. Accessed April 24, 2012. doi: 10.1177/0263276411408446
Just a bit of fun.