You may recall that I posted a couple weeks ago about Caitlin Seida and her experience with a personal image of her going viral. I wrote that her story serves as a lesson to all of us who maintain presences online.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. I do make a concerted effort to actively manage my privacy settings online. And beyond this, I truly believe in the importance of not posting anything online that I wouldn’t feel comfortable with everyone seeing.
That said, I think that many who are social online have been scared to the point of silence. That fear of being judged, or even bullied, can be extremely oppressive. And it’s not easy to put yourself “out there”. But in my opinion, social networking should be based on sharing and communicating, rather than fear. I think that access to the Internet and to community websites and services should allow us to connect to one another on a more personal level, if we so choose. As such, I am an advocate for socially-aware networking.
In my opinion, many of the same rules apply online as in real life regarding privacy, safety and acceptable behaviour. It seems almost natural to feel a sense of invincibility or displacement while sitting behind a screen. But the people who access this information are real, and their responses can have consequences.
As Bilbo Baggins once said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
One way or another, if we interact on a daily basis, we will learn some surprising things about each other. So in the spirit of this, I’ve compiled a picture list of 5 (potentially nerdy) things I like to do that you might not know about if we have yet to meet.
I am an artistic type, who is reasonably self-aware and a mild extrovert. I enjoy sharing and posting online and I value others’ perspectives. And while I do believe in maintaining privacy settings online for the purposes of safety, I am not afraid to link to my Facebook address publicly. I would not post content there, or anywhere else online, that I would consider private knowledge. In a world where terms of service and privacy settings change like fashion trends, this seems like the only method that consistently works.
But as for my home address, well, that’s another story.
If you would like to connect with me on Facebook, I can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/mallorykaustin