Privacy – A Modern Invention?
A lot of people (especially people older than me) seem to talk a lot about privacy when they talk about social media. They ask who can see what, and question why it is necessary to be on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I am never going to defend social media and say that everyone should be involved, I will however argue that the idea of privacy is a modern creation. There was a time where everyone lived in small villages where everyone knew each other and there was no privacy. Only when people moved in to cities was the illusion of anonymity created.
And now that we no longer live in small villages, and we have family all over the World social media makes it easier to keep in touch with the people we love (and I NEVER tire of saying “stalking is caring”). We never have to wonder what happened to old friends because we can just look them up on Facebook (and we can stalk our exes on Twitter… but who does that right?)
The lack of privacy extends to professional relationships as well. The people that we interview with, network with, speak to at conferences, etc., they are all tied to you, and that isn’t a bad thing! That is a great thing! You never know when those relationships might be beneficial for you and them, and you never have to lose contact with someone because you lost their card.
THAT is why you should stop asking who can see what, and instead, embrace the virtual town of thousands that you are creating online.
*As a disclaimer – I realize that yes, you should be smart about what you post online – don’t be dumb.