The fact is that the cloak of anonymity breeds rashness and the Internet is the quintessential version of this cloak. In looking at things like Youtube comments, it’s apparent that we’re continuing along the trend of a lack of a sort of code of conduct for discussion on the web.
The same rules we use for discussion in real life don’t really apply to the web. Whether or not they should, is up for debate, but I think that we should start moving more towards requiring some sort of identity for discussion on formal medias because I think this is the only way we can start applying some propriety to discussions on the web and start making the Internet less extremist. Just an idea to think about for today.
In a time when people’s concerns about their privacy online are at an all time high, managing your online presence is really more important than ever. A week ago I wrote about how you should go about managing your online presence and this is meant to be a sort of continuation of that. The fact is that controlling your image online is a very difficult thing to do. If you’ve looked at Facebook’s current privacy settings, then you know that they are really complicated for what it is that you’re attempting to do. While we can understand that the complexity in settings is meant for people to be able to tailor their profile to their particular specifications, we also have to say that many of us don’t want to have to constantly be adjusting these settings. Facebook is meant to be a tool to connect with friends and family, not some algorithim you have to maintain.
The concept that I live by is simple and maybe I’m in a minority if people who can achieve this, but the idea is that I just take it as fact that everything online is public. Therefore, I put nothing online that I wouldn’t want to be public. It just makes things easier and the fact it is that one way or another anything online is accessible. If there’s something that is truly private to me, such as financial information, then I just keep that offline. For example, if you’re a user of Evernote then you know that you have the option to keep certain notebooks offline. If you have sensitive data, then just keep that on a computer with no connection to the internet. Its that simple.
P.S: This is the first post I wrote on my Android phone and I have to admit that the WordPress app is very robust and if you’re quick on a virtual keyboard then I think blogging is finally a viable alternative. Look for a WordPress app review from The Tech Tipper in the near future.