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Finding a balance for sharing

Social media is helpful in many ways, but one of the dangers I think is the risk of oversharing. I think finding a balance for sharing is very important.

There are many reasons why oversharing is harmful both to the person sharing and those who read.

  1. You may be turned down for a loan. Banks and other financial organizations are looking at your social media account to learn about your personality. Why? One of the 3 C’s as we were told is character, and they want to see if not only you are responsible, but your friends are responsible. The theory is that if you have a friend who doesn’t pay a bill, you might be the same and the risk of lending to you in increased.
  2. There is no forget button. Whatever you share is forever on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you delete the post, it will surely get archived and copied. You may feel good about something you share at the moment, but the future may have a different perspective on it. If you aren’t sure if you should share something, then don’t.
  3. Your words will come back to haunt you. I shared something once with the FCC when they sought public opinion on a decision they made. Ten years later when I googled my name it came to the top of the list. It wasn’t something that the FCC said they would share, but once I published it, it was out of my control. You should assume that anything you write on the Internet is public and part of the record forever.
  4. Your words can be used to harm others. You may write something with the intention of positive results, but as I said before positive intentions aren’t enough. There are tons of positive intentioned and ignorant people on the Internet. I try to write things that are supported by mainstream science, and not on any crazy fringe groups. However too often science discovers something new, and when that happens your advice is no longer accurate. So if you want to stand by your words, you need to constantly evaluate them with the new information that comes out daily and revise them when appropriate. Sadly 99% of people do not update their writing, so most information on the Internet is quickly outdated.

How do I manage these problems with what I write? I review things that I write everyday as part of the work of having this blog. I go through and try to delete articles that are no longer true or things that have a low interest by others. I always encourage the reader to challenge what I say, and the greatest compliment to me would be “I don’t agree with you, but it made me think.”

Everything in life has a balance, including sharing.

Internet speed still lags FCC looking at options

Another thing Asian countries beat us at: Internet speed. Internet speed still lags in the US compared to the rest of the world.

Why are Asian and other countries so much faster speed on the Internet than we in the US are? The government has given companies like Verizon massive investments to build out to rural areas and the goals haven’t been accomplished. Indeed Verizon’s flooded communication hub shows the poor planning the company is capable of.

Individually the services on Verizon are good. Like the Verizon LTE JetPack Mifi 4620L. Here is a comparison between Verizon and AT&T. No good choice there. I have a friend who has Verizon FIOS and loves it. He lives in the New York Area, so doesn’t have lots of choice. Time Warner Cable and Comcast are both notorious for bad service. I have frequently had to help Comcast customers with a variety of issues like: Setting up an Apple airport with Comcast, Comcast DNS issues, Comcast rolls out a data usage meter in Portland, and Time Capsule and Comcast not playing nice together.

So given how crucial internet speed is for commerce, research and personal enjoyment why do you think it still lags to other countries? I have to assume that if you follow the money, there is more money in trying to apply the airline model to Internet than the electricity model. The electricity model says its all the same and you get the same thing no matter where you are in the US as a utility. The Airline model says that you should pay more for service, and only pay for “what you use”. It seems silly to try to measure “what you use” when the costs of what you use are so cheap. Very few people use the network capacity that is available. So I would understand premium pricing if there were congestion. We read story after story where speed of the internet is slow and then after a deal is made, the speed is rapid again. Those kind of artificial restrictions don’t fool people. I wonder how long it will take before Internet is made a utility? Isn’t it strange that the Internet is so central to everything now, yet is approached as though it were “optional”?

FCC chair: Broadband must be 25Mbps, and ISPs are failing to deliver | Ars Technica.

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