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 Sadly 99% of people do not update their writing, so most information on the Internet is quickly outdated.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

Stories from my Past: Listen and lets try again.

I understand that non technical people can get confused with computer things. Sometimes the simplest things can cause problems.

Passwords are the bane of everyone. It doesn’t matter if you do technology for a living, you struggle with them. I struggle with them everyday and experts say they don’t make us safer. Still, they are a requirement almost everywhere so you have to deal with them.

People often forget their password at work and most companies have policies that force people to change their passwords as well. Because of this, most people tend to forget or need help with their passwords at work. Many people struggle with the often inconsistent requirements between all the different passwords they have. So they come up with different passwords that are compatible with the systems they have to access.

It is a common thing everyday for someone to call in and say they need their password reset or their account unlocked. Most computer accounts will lock if you put in the wrong password more than 3 times. Such is life right? Some companies have systems that allow people to unlock their password if they answer some basic challenge questions correctly. Even with these systems, there are problems with people locking their accounts.

So you accept this working in IT. Many times your job is a glorified password assistant. Today I helped someone who got frustrated with her password and didn’t want to listen to me. I offered to help make a password but she tried again and again and it wouldn’t accept the password. This is a common issue for people. They tend to try to retype the exact same password they had before.

So I worked with her for a half hour and spoke to her boss about the problem. I showed her boss it was working once she finally listened to me. Her boss explained that she gets frustrated easily and thats why it took so long to work on this issue.

Having difficulty with simple things doesn’t make you stupid. It just means its a skill to develop. Having patience with people is a worthwhile skill to develop as well.

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