The New York Times recently had an interesting article on how anonymity is disappearing thanks to the Internet. It’s a paradox. People can log on and make scathing comments on a site, all while hiding behind their anonymity. Yet, a person who has never even touched a computer can find things they’ve said and pictures of themselves splashed across the Web.
The subway rider in NY who argued with the conducter, stating how “well educated” she was last Tuesday was identified from the uploaded YouTube video in no time.
Anthony Weiner and his, ah, penpals discovered just how quickly details they thought were private can become public.
Some of the people who set fire to cars and looted businesses after Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup playoffs were identified from pictures posted online.
Billionaire Wang Gongquan, an investor in China, announced to the world that he was leaving his wife via China’s equivilant of Twitter, Sina Weibo. Mr. Gongquan writes, “I am giving up everything and eloping with Wang Qin. I feel ashamed and so am leaving without saying goodbye. I kneel down and beg forgiveness!”
It all makes you wonder.
None of these are remarkable stories in and of themselves. I mean, people using social media in stupid ways isn’t anything new. We see this kind of thing often. But these days, even if we aren’t using social media irresponsibly, we could still be affected by others who do. So here are a few reminders of how not to use social media and how to protect yourself from unwanted exposure.
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