Thursday, April 14, 2011
Miss B had already told me about how she had taken a taxi van ride with her family and a couple total strangers in Atlanta over the weekend. Apparently these strangers had been not just three, but four, sheets to the wind and had volunteered their names and occupations, along with some fun facts like their home town and that he was married to her best friend. (In fact, they called said wife/best friend from the taxi; seriously, no one would buy this story!) So after I start telling her about my program on Saturday, I followed up with how when I had once Googled someone, I found some pictures of their house, complete with their favored brands of plastic wrap and vodka. I went on to explain how that felt sort of "stalker-like" even though I didn't set out to stalk anyone. Miss B said, "Hey, I'm gonna Google that guy from the taxi just to see if I can find him." She typed his first name, occupation, and town of residence; within three minutes she had a picture of him, his last name, the address of his office, and his fax number. WOW!! That surprised even me!
This lead us to a very interesting discussion about how much information is out there in the ether of the world wide web about all of us. I know that many of us think before we post on blogs, put things up on Facebook, or websites because we want what exists by or about us to be complementary--or at least not be crazy or mean. Most of us understand that once something is up on the Internet, is is there for everyone to see. As Precious Angel once said, "It's called the WORLD wide web! Hello!"
Have you ever crossed the line when "researching" someone into a more scary mode or have you ever had anything on the world wide web that you later regretted putting out there?