For quite sometime now, I have found the use of guest books and scrapbooks on networking sites like Ryze and Orkut rather absurd. People tend to use these things, which are as public as anything can get, as a replacement of their private mailboxes. If you had the time and patience, you could easily follow people’s personal lives through their scrapbooks and guest books. Not that I was always very wise, but thankfully the information out there was still limited and I have grown wiser with time 🙂 Have almost stopped using scrapbooks. Even when someone writes a scrap and I feel that I should respond, I use the private messages.
What prompted me to write today is that I came across this – http://dumblittleman.blogspot.com/2006/09/how-to-get-robbed-killed-or-stalked-by.html
Now, this is plainly dumb. Why do you have to make your personal calendar available to everyone!! As has been rightly said in the article, if there are things you want to make public, use a separate calendar or use the settings for each entry.
But I think this issue goes beyond just the consumer’s stupidity. The role of the companies involved in making such products has to be more proactive. If you are buying a gadget that can prove dangerous in certain circumstances, the manufacturer is expected to provide you enough warnings and instruction on how to use it safely, right? I suppose it is high time the companies providing online products also start doing the same. And of course, we know who leads the race, don’t we? 🙂
Protecting children online is being talked about everywhere. But I am afraid grown-ups are not necessarily all wise. Some well accepted wisdom needs to be evolved in terms of what you are revealing online.
Even more disturbing is the fact that you can end up putting up things not just about yourself. You can also create problems for others. In the example given in the article, the person visiting her would have no clue that all the world can see where he would be during those hours and which flight he is traveling in!!
All said, I can not claim that I protect everything. But yeah – I do try to limit it to a great extent.