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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 Sadly 99% of people do not update their writing, so most information on the Internet is quickly outdated.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.

What is the experience of using Office 365 programs like Outlook & Word?

What is the experience of using Office 365 programs like Outlook & Word? For the most part it works, but when it doesn’t it is very frustrating.

I’ve been using Office 365 for years and it has some advantages and disadvantages. For the average person they will like that it updates itself, and it tends to be more reliable than past versions of Office like Outlook & Word. The downside is that now it is so tightly integrated into Microsoft, when Microsoft or the Internet has a problem you do as well.

For example, while helping a company OneDrive stopped working. It wasn’t anything the company did wrong, it was a problem that Microsoft had. So there was nothing to do until it was fixed. Meanwhile people who needed access to those files couldn’t access them, and that is really frustrating to someone who is used to having access to information. For many companies not having access can be very costly, so a backup system is often created.

For the average customer however, they just trust that OneDrive and their files are always accessible. When they are not, then they realize the disadvantage of having things on the Internet. Still even with these problems, it is easy to see the convenience and why people would prefer cloud based solutions like Office 365 rather than on site things.

As an IT person I could choose to be threatened by technologies that move the work from the local area to the cloud. I am not threatened by it. If IT work suddenly takes care of itself I will do something else. More importantly as a society we have to let go of the old ways we used to do things. There are always better ways of doing things.

Part of using Office 365 is that it offers a new look and a new way of doing things. In some ways Microsoft has improved. In other ways their ideas of how they believe their customers are using this are deeply flawed. Take for example OneDrive for business and OneDrive that is personal. It should be easy for any business customer to copy files from their personal account to their business account but there isn’t a built-in way to do this.

You have to set up a program on a computer and manually copy it over. Why? This is cloud. There shouldn’t be silly limitations that require a PC. So you see even Microsoft thinks the computer is the center of the world. It isn’t. The computer is a tool, and if we can do it in the cloud, why require anything be installed on a computer? It is old school lazy thinking.