Some of you may have noticed that I have disappeared from Facebook and Myspace. This is not against anyone in particular. If you take your name and put it in google, bing, or yahoo, you may be shocked to see how much personal information is easily available about you. The KGB or East German Stasi would have loved them if they were around before 1990. The Communist Chinese have taken advantage of it! So I have spent the past few days cleaning up places where I thought they were giving out too much of my personal information.
I enjoyed Facebook, and may go back there in April or when the mosquitoes drive me back inside. Right now the weather is lovely and in the past couple days I have cut the yard and cleaned the gutters around the house without dying from the heat and humidity. I felt that I was becoming too much a facebook junkie, and needed to get outside some more.
Kim Komando the digital goddess who does a weekly radio program about computer stuff, mentioned recently that people are having a dilemma with social networks when their boss or coworkers are friended, and too much information comes out about them. So you might not want to have them see your drunken-naked photos. Fortunately I don’t have those and kept my postings to non-confrontational things. But it is a big privacy concern with a lot of people, myself included.
Unrelated photo to make things a little more interesting here.
I enjoyed re-connecting with people on Facebook that I haven’t seen in 25 years. On the other side of the coin, I am having a lot of people who I don’t know wanting to connect, who are a friend of a friend of mine. I am a bit cautious and don’t know these people. And the worst ones were the bigfoot researchers, which I want nothing to do with anymore. Unfortunately my experience with these bigfoot groups was not very pleasant, and they are filled with the most dysfunctional people that I have ever known. So I got out of it all about 2005. The people I made friends with in that arena, and still keep in contact with, have also totally removed themselves from the bf message boards just like I did.
Being the socially dysfunctional people that bigfoot researchers are, if you connect with one, you find yourself connected with 50 of them. I guess they are in some contest to see how many people they can add to their friends list. It doesn’t surprise me with that group, where all of them are trying to be the big fish in a little pond. I had dozens of these people connect with me, and in one big move, un-friended about two dozen of them who I had never heard of.
So I now feel that I have greatly improved my privacy in cyber-space. If you want to find out what I am up too, check here or email me.
On January 29th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I understand completely. However, I'm still going to post photos and connect to people about what we are up to. What I can't stand are the people who send me all the cutsey stuff and are always asking for blessings or farmville critters. Arrgh!