In a relatively short period, my wife has become addicted to Facebook. She commented to me last night that she was devastated when one of her “friends” had scanned and posted and old picture from junior high school. Of course, the nifty tagging feature allowed all of her “friends” to learn about the picture as soon as it was available. [You can see a creative implementation of the feature in a NY Times photo of the recent presidential inauguration, where many of the attendees in the photo have been tagged.]
Other than being mortified about others seeing such an out-of-style hairdo, the damage was relatively limited. But, this got me thinking about Alan Pruitt’s recent comments regarding Online Identity Management. Fortunately, if you’re the one being tagged in a photo, Facebook gives you the option of removing the tag. But even still, the photo remains online for everyone to see.
Suddenly, that college trip to mardi gras is starting to seem like a bad idea. Social media and Web 2.0 technologies are connecting people and information in ways that were never possible. While this is a great innovation, it also brings with it a new set of responsibilities for managing – or at least being aware of – your online identity.