Privacy, conspiracy, and digital breadcrumbs
Posted by Susan Scrupski on June 8, 2007
Ironically, I was blithely Twittering about my day this morning and directed a note for Luis Suarez (a fine blogging machine, that guy!) that it freaks me out to see my “tweats” on his blog. Luis broadcasts his friends’ Twitter posts on his blog ’round the clock. It reminded me of a statement I’ve been saying lately which I will now publish so I can claim it: “In the future, we’ll all have 15 minutes of privacy.”
In the din of Twitter chatter, somehow we got around to Facebook and Luis said he would not sign up and pointed me to this site. Okay. I see his point. But should we really be afraid of Facebook? If I wanted to think about it, I’d be more afraid of IBM than I am of Facebook, quite frankly. And I didn’t really research this. But, I’ve been around gigundo government contractors long enough to know the U.S. government has got my number– all of them. Nothing is private and a hacker can expose the small graveyard of skeletons (turned crematory for space-saving) in my closet from any corner of the world 24/7. As a believer in the light side, the beneficial side, of the interconnected digital neighborhood, I will surrender some personal information so Diet Coke can know who I am. After all, it may help some struggling start-up launch a product that will make my life easier. And I can continue “hooking up” with my digital friends which may someday include Luis on Facebook.
But, I agree. The decision should not be taken lightly and is a personal one.
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