Thursday, February 03, 2011

Unfollow Eric

I think it's super lame that Eric Castillo won't let me tag him at Check Ins.

January 28 at 12:35pm via iPhone ·  · 

  • You and Sherry Rice like this.

    • Amber Hunt agreed Con that is lame!...maybe he's afraid people will stalk him?!? lol
      January 28 at 6:00pm ·  ·  1 person

    • Mel Masengale I'm going to tag him everywhere I check in, even if he's not with me.
      January 28 at 9:59pm ·  ·  2 people

    • Constance Gallagher This makes me truly happy.
      January 28 at 10:29pm · 

    • Eric Castillo I'm gonna lie more often in my status updates. Let's start...

      "Finished reading Genesis and Exodus after my morning jog. Now volunteering at a soup kitchen before enjoying Mel's msg at SNS."
      January 29 at 1:43pm ·  ·  1 person

With a blog like Follow Eric you would think I would be completely open and transparent and not at all concerned about people knowing my whereabouts and goings-on. In a world where Facebook and Twitter are available anytime/anywhere on mobile devices, we are capable of updating the world of where we're at, who we're with, and what we're doing at virtually any moment.

So what's wrong with that? Nothing inherently, but there are always unintended consequences and when it comes to the ability for social media to allow others access into our lives, we also set an expectation that they can have that access anytime.

So where's the line? What's wrong with people knowing what you're doing? Aren't you just being paranoid, Eric?

Good questions. And if this post does anything, I hope it causes you to ask some questions of yourself. And stop calling me paranoid, everyone says that.

To be honest, I think that using the Facebook Places feature crosses the line and gives up just a little too much privacy. I like the idea of sharing where I am with others, especially when it's a place or event that I want others to know about, but until there's an opt-out option to avoid allowing others to find where I am if I'm nearby, then I'm going to keep this feature disabled.

Until then, I guess Constance and others will just have to track and announce my whereabouts manually. Good luck with that.

So guess all I have to say is I don't think there's anything wrong with using Twitter and Facebook and whatever other online means of communication to broadcast a message you want to share with others. I just try to keep in mind that this is public information and although I don't think there are any immediate risks to people knowing where I am or what I'm doing, I think it's important to keep the public message I am sending guarded.

Plus, it's fun to mess with people.

1 comment:

Melodie Lunday said...

I'm just gonna say it's been more fun watching people look for you, than it ever could be reading boring little FB blurbs about your exact location :)