Why can’t we be friends?

Humans have been paranoic about being pursued by a stranger since a while. But it is getting worse since the internet was invented (you don’t even have to be “physically” chased!). And what is even worse, nowadays, there is no need to be involved in any kind of secret organization or to belong to the upper echelons of society.

This interesting topic has of course been investigated and analyzed by several experts whose opinions and articles will be taken into account so as to get the whole vision about it.

We will start by quoting a phrase written by Dave Birch: “Some day, not so far out in the future, there will be a parallel web that you can only enter by signing up with some form of id, a credit card for example, a verified by Visa web.” This shows us how incredibly weak can our digital identy be, and that obviously, that this whole digital world we have created is starting to fracture because of the lack of confidence. Even though, and as Mr. Birch says, we do not have to panic before time. “We need to develop a proper policy toward privacy and then use that policy to set strategies for commerce, crime and chat. Let’s not put the cart before the horse no matter how great the panic.” But, the main question is: where is the border between what is legal and ethically inappropriate?

Our second point of discussion will be a list of ways to get rid of what can makes us have a bad reputation on the web. Meghan Beresford explains us how difficult and frustrating this can be. First of all, and, in Mrs. Beresford’s words, we should protect our most personal and drammatic tweets so that we are the ones who decide who reads them (relatives, friends…). Another important point in Meghan Beresford’s list is that: ” Your best bet is to make sure that there’s lots of good information about you on the internet.” This will make strangers to get a good (or at least, better) opinion about us, for example if we only have three search results for our name, and two of the make us look like a phyco, whoever sees that will have a bad impresion about us. These are some of Mrs. Beresford’s most important advices so that we can have a good reputation among the net.

Another relevant topic would be the propper choose of accepting friends on social networks, and the difference between getting to know people in social networks like Facebook and in microbloggs like Twitter. Inthe first case, we ought to choose our “friends”  more carefully than in the second case, because among other reasons we are way more exposed, and there is a lot of personal information shared. This information, and as we have began explaining before, could turn against us by both, generating a bad reputation or stealing information. And, as Antony Mayfield says, we must choose our Facebook friends really carefully so as to protect our privacy.

References:

  1. Meghan Beresford (13,11,2009) Bad reputation: Doing damage control on your internet profile. In Tech Coguette. Retrieved November 17, 2011 from http://techcoquette.com/2009/11/bad-reputation-doing-damage-control-on-your-internet-profile/
  2. Meghan Beresford (4,11,2009) Mirror, Mirror. What does Google tell people about you? In Tech Coguette. Retrieved November 17, 2011 from http://techcoquette.com/2009/11/mirror-mirror-what-does-google-tell-people-about-you/
  3. Dave Birch (29,9,2011) Let’s not panic about online identity. In Media. Retrieved November 17, 2011 from http://www.chyp.com/media/blog-entry/lets-not-panic-about-online-identity
  4. Juan Freire (2009) La forja de una identidad digital. In red.es. Retrieved November 19 from http://www.red.es/reportajes/articles/id/3545/forja-una-identidad-digital-.html


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