The explosion of social networking has given the masses an all-access pass to the private lives of anyone (and everyone) who jumps into the virtual ocean. Experience sharing among online communities continues to grow exponentially – but really, there's just some sh*t I don't need you to share with me. No really, your mom may have taught you to share, but seriously, discretion anyone?
Let me provide a few examples:
Your Manly / Girly Bits. You may think your nekkid private areas are the cats meow and warrant any given nicknames you've been given – but that doesn't mean the world needs to see them. Once you put those fun bits out there, there's no turning back. They are fair game to all those who are looking and spreads faster than butter on a hot day. Anthony Weiner anyone? Bleh. VERDICT: Thumbs down.
Your Restaurant Review. There's nothing more powerful than personal network referrals, especially when it comes to dining. There are several mobile applications that make facilitate the review of your dining experience (Yelp, Urban Spoon, Google Places) with an online audience. You may think that no one really cares, but trust me we're listening. Eat. Drink. Be merry. Then share! VERDICT: Thumbs up.
Your Acts of Vandalism or Violence. This seems ridiculously obvious and I can't believe I even have to even say this, but lo and behold there are people who still do this, everyday. If you are stupid enough to riot and set things a blaze (yes, I'm talking about you Canuck fans), or go on a paintball shooting spree – then post it to Facebook for your friends to see – you sure as hell better be prepared to be caught. VERDICT: Thumbs down.
Your Attendance to an Event or Concert. As hard as we try, we can't be in more than one place at a time. The laws of physics have put the kibosh on this. But what we CAN do is share the awesomesauce events, concerts, benefits, etc. with our online networks – and make them feel like they are there, too! For instance, this weekend I'll be attending the Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race. My full intention is to snap pics, sounds, video and share my verbal excitement online. Why? Because 1) I'm a racing + technology geek, and 2) I want to provide a little slice of the experience with those who may not be fortunate to attend. If you're interested, look for my tweets this Sunday! VERDICT: Thumbs up.
Now it's your turn. What do you like to share with your online communities, and what are some of the things that you don't like to see shared? Shout out below, or find me on Twitter – I'm @bootyp.
Brianpmaguire | June 27, 2011 at 8:50 a.m. (report)
dont get me wrong, I'm a foursquare nut. but people who check-in and share on Twitter without some kind of message bug me. Maybe its just me?
also, sometimes people "over-share" their personal issues on Twitter. Maybe people dont care that the entire inter-web can read about them having a bad day, but at some point - it's a little much.
I think all of us Twitter-ers have to keep in mind that current employers, parents, significant others, future business contacts, and future employers probably look us up on the Internet, probably find our Twitter, and probably read back through at least a page...
Don't share your EVERYTHING. I like a few updates here and there but I don't need a play-by-play of your entire day. If you ate lunch, fantastic, but unless there was something memoriable that occured we don't need to be updated on your feeding times :)
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