If you wanted to know the answer to this question, the simple solution is to pick up the phone and call your friend/spouse/sibling, right? Not any more. Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and, especially, Twitter are providing us with the answer without ever having to ask the question.
But do you really want people to know where you are? Or what you are doing? It sounds a little Big Brother-ish to me. Yet millions of people are publicly sharing this information without worry. Okay, I confess…I have put my “Corey is…” notification up on Facebook two or three times. I am still not totally comfortable with the idea, though. Has society’s definition of personal privacy changed or are we just being given the opportunity to define it as we see fit?
Granted, I was a little late to the social networking party. I joined Facebook less than a year ago and I was nervous about the whole thing. I’m proud to say I have loosened up a bit since then. I actually joined LinkedIn first. The idea of it being a professional network somehow made it less scary. However, the same hesitations I initially felt with Facebook I now have with Twitter.
My skeptical thoughts were somewhat eased with this explanation from Common Craft. And Sharon Sarmiento’s post on Painless Social Networking for Newbies totally spoke to me! She provides some great advice on how to use Twitter (both personal and profession), what to say, how not to expose private info to search engines and…my favorite…to ”start slow and easy.” This information has brought me one step closer to picking up my smart phone to update my whereabouts via SMS.
So, to those of you who use Twitter, what are your thoughts? Did you ever have feelings or thoughts similar to mine?