However, my view on this topic is changing – largely becauseour online world is changing. The evolution of social media is blurring thelines between our online lives and our real lives. The existence of Red FeatherNetworking is a product of that. We exist because we connect over social mediaAND in person. I used to think of my online presence as a “public” presence andmy offline presence as my “personal” life. Things have changed. I want to use the onlinetools social media is providing us to enhance that “personal” life. So I needto start paying attention to privacy policies and how my information is beingused by companies and protected from being shared.
I was a bit taken aback in reading about exactly how much tracking Google does of individuals. Of course I knew it was going on. My Google search results are clearly targeted to my geographic location and my interests. But I simply hadn’t stopped to think about what they are collecting, how it’s being used, and how it might be shared. I plan on delving into this more and will probably do a bit of customizing to the amount of types and information I share. While I appreciate those targeted search results, I also think there is a limit. I’m still figuring out where that limit is for me and how much control I have over it, but this is a start.
I spend a lot of time on the internet. A lot. And with all that
time wasting research, I'm bound to learn a thing or two. I regularly share my favorites with you. Enjoy!
Robyn talks for a living and chronicles her adventures over at Professional Talker.