Un-Googleable No Longer
I try really hard to keep my personal life offline. My mission is to stay “un-googleable.�? Yes, I have a Facebook, but only to stay connected with out-of-state family members and real life friends. I do not accept friend invitations from random people (even if they say they attend the U of M) and I am extremely cautious about the information that I give online. The article put out by the U of M: Office for Student Affairs, Living In Online Communities, brought up a very real concern in my mind: predatory behavior. It hadn’t occurred to me that listing my class schedule could lead to stalking. It seems strange that Facebook would have such an application, considering its potential for misuse. Needless to say, I was a bit hesitant about creating a Twitter account. I wondered whether my Twitter would show up on a Google search. It did. And so did my last blog post for this class. Apparently, our class blog is publicly viewable. I have failed catastrophically.
Maybe, just maybe, online social networking isn’t all bad. After reading Workstreaming with Microblogs and Chapter 2 of Connect! , I certainly see the potential for increased productivity as a result of work-related blogging. Last week, Jennifer Wigham mentioned the use of text messages as a common form of communication in her line of work. While I’m not big on texting, I see its use in situations like the RNC, where you can’t exactly run out and answer the phone. It seems to me that microblogs (Twitter, Tumblr, Soup.io) are a desktop variation of text messaging. I like the idea that people can update each other at leisure and omit needless details. The word limit present on Twitter is great; it encourages clarity and conciseness.
U of M: Office for Student Affairs. Living in Online Communities: A User's Guide. 2008. 27 Jan 2009.
Skellie. Streamlining. Workstreaming With Microblogs. 27 Jan 2009.
Zelenka, Anne. Connect! A Guide to a New Way of Working. 2008. Wiley Publshing: Indianapolis, Indiana.