As those of you who read my Asides (see sidebar) will have noticed, I’m in the process of re-writing some of my pages. I started with my ‘About Jem‘ section, revising the information that I display about myself. While I haven’t added or taken away any information really (simply changed the formatting), it did get me thinking on what details people do share on the Internet and whether or not they think about what they’re doing.
Generally I’m not too fussed about people knowing my full name, age, general location on the great planet we call Earth, etc… but I do draw the line at discussing my relationship in detail or sharing family business — these things are private to me and are nothing to do with other people (not that anyone would believe half of the crap that goes on in my family anyway.)
Even with this level of ‘secrecy’ (if you can call it that) I feel that sometimes I need to double check what I’m saying and remind myself that — as friendly as the majority of you are — there’s no guarantee that you aren’t all dirty old men posing as innocent teenagers through blogs and the like.
I’m not a paranoid web user and I don’t spend my time hiding behind proxies or using false names. However, I do feel that there are far too many people who aren’t giving a second thought to what they’re putting on the Internet. I worry that those who feel it’s OK to share their most intimate secrets are going to regret it at a later date. Particularly relevant when you consider that fellow blogger Rose has recently emptied her archives for the sake of her privacy.
Think before you type, is the best advice I can give.