Guest Post by Philip Sheldrake
We’re at an incredibly exciting point in time.
The Internet is in its 40s, the Web is in its 20s, and social media (in its web manifestation) is in its teens. Most of us have a super computer in our pockets and there’s affordable, ubiquitous connectivity to boot.
So what are we doing with it all? Well, polemically you could argue that we’re doing what we’ve always done.
We just do it digitally now.
We had mail, now email. We had folders and a desktop, and now we have digital folders and a digital desktop. It’s only after decades that we’re beginning to play to digital’s unique properties, moving away for example from folders towards search and discovery, and away from email towards enterprise social networking.
Have you ever had that dream, where you walk into a room full of people and realize with horror it contains everyone you have ever known?
All the jostling, incongruous parts of your life flash before you, as your brain speeds through the consequences of this squeamish event – the secrets, deceptions, indiscretions, and embarrassments that will be exposed.
But then you wake up.
That room, however, does exist. It’s called the Internet.
Guest post by Jenelle Conner
Editor’s update, 8:08 pm ET, May 1, 2013: The following post was edited on May 1, 2013, to redact the names of the websites and related Facebook Pages involved. Since the identities of the particular parties involved in the incident described below are less important than the issues raised, we decided not to subject them to further scrutiny.
We have made minor edits to the post as indicated below that do not change its integrity, including blurring the faces of the kids involved. We have redacted the Page name(s) from any comments mentioning them, and will continue to monitor comments to do so.
Note that the information relayed below is based on “Susan’s” conversations with the Facebook Page(s) involved, via Facebook’s messaging feature, and shared with her continued approval. All images have been used with “Susan’s” permission. In her words, “…I appreciate the fact that you all are doing this to get it out there to show people how easily photo[s] can be taken without your permission.” ~SB
I am a social media advocate. It’s where I work. I love the collaborative energy, thoughts and community.
But I hate the ugly side of social media sharing; especially when kids are involved.