Online privacy is something I am rather particular about. I know this is a strange statement coming from a blogger who for the most part appears to live my life in public but I keep a large part of my life private from online prying eyes. This was primarily the reason that I never got into using Facebook on a personal basis.
I input very little information when I first signed up but yet, Facebook was able to link me up with people I’d gone to primary school with. I found it very unsettling. When the requests started coming in from some people I’d rather not stay in contact with, I fled that social platform. Then I started blogging and I suppose the fact that all of you know me through my pseudonym pretty much says it all 🙂
I’m curious if I’m the oddball in wanting to retain a large part of privacy in this information rich age, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on this 🙂
I wondered about this when we were talking about Youtube beauty gurus last week, and I suddenly realised that all your recs were wonderful, but so many people know so much about these online personalities! The rise of reality TV and homemade video blogs help fuel this and for some people, gives them the opportunity to perhaps, show off. Not overtly so, but covertly.
I have noticed sometimes that some photographs which would be better viewed privately end up online in public photo albums. I have seen people show pictures of the houses where they live, complete with address or if there is no address, the photo is of the house address. Worse are car number plates complete with the full car plate. How many people know that a simple search of a car number plate can disclose your home address? Some of us may not intend it, but the fact is, this sort of information can be harmful.
I have also seen people list their phone numbers online and photographs of their families. In many ways, I get it. Online, we can turn our humdrum mundane lives into an example of the glamorous life – parties, clubs, good eats, happy families … but that sort of information can be used against us or even be used to track us down.
For myself, I try where possible to keep my private life private. There are some things I prefer not to discuss or disclose. I suppose you could say that where I can, I keep things general and generic. Nothing on family, where I live, what I own and what I do. I sometimes feel like Clark Kent plodding away at the Daily Planet in his day job, until it is time to switch over to the glamorous life as Superman. Haha! 😀 It took me a long time to decide to upload my photos on the blog. I realise that the web hasn’t imploded because of it (haha!) but its still something I prefer not to pepper my blog with, and I usually only share photos where necessary.
In this day of sharing and oversharing, I realise much of how I personally operate is pretty old-fashioned 🙂 Its a personal choice I made and one I am not likely to waver on. I’m not saying its the right nor proper thing to do. I can tell you that it does stunt growth as a blogger but its the private path I’ve chosen to walk down.
So, I’m curious. how private or public are you on your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or your blog?