Sunday, June 15, 2008

5 Ways to Avoid Embarrassment on the Web


Some of you who have been following my posts will think that I harp endlessly on this subject of avoiding embarrassment on the web. You may be right. But here’s the thing:

When a federal judge of the Ninth Circuit – reported in the June 13th Wall Street Journal to be “considered a brilliant jurist” – is forced to acknowledge that “he posted sexually explicit images to a personal website,” it can’t hurt to say this another time:

NEVER, EVER POST ANYTHING TO THE INTERNET THAT COULD BE DAMAGING TO YOU OR YOUR REPUTATION – NO MATTER HOW “PRIVATE” YOU THINK THE POSTING IS.

According to the Journal, the judge “thought the material was private, though he acknowledged sharing some with friends.” What part of “brilliant” was this stupidity?

Here are the 5+ ways to avoid embarrassment on the web:

• Facebook: Never post anything here that could damage your reputation.

• MySpace: Never post anything here that could damage your reputation.

• Twitter: Never post anything here that could damage your reputation.

• Bebo: Never post anything here that could damage your reputation.

• YouTube: Never post anything here that could damage your reputation.

• +: Never post anything ANYWHERE that could damage your reputation.

Now are we all on the same page?

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1 comment:

Alex said...

Interesting thing I came across on AOL supporting your stance:

http://www.switched.com/2007/11/16/losing-face-on-facebook-five-true-stories-6/

-Alex