Given that yesterday was a small victory for the social media world as Oxford Dictionary declared “selfie” the word of the year…I thought I’d write a blog geared towards Social Media.
Everyone is so eager to be connected to their friends, family, and other social circles by “checking in” at a location…by “sharing” information…by posting/tweeting a status of what they’re currently doing or thinking…or even allowing a photo with a cleverly selected filter to do the talking.
But what are the ramifications of that? Are there consequences of keeping the social media world informed and up-to-date on your every thought and action? Exactly who are you sharing this information with? Does it stop with your friends and family?…or can just anybody be in-the-know about the “selfie” you just captured while sipping your latte at your favorite local coffee joint or the amazing dish you just ate at the newest gastropub that was definitely Instagram-worthy.
Jack Vale explored this topic even further in this video by finding people who are publicly posting social media updates around his location and creeps them out a little bit given only the information they chose to share with the social media world.
I found this hilarious and had to “share” it…uh oh…wait, what have I done? It also reminds us of the darker, spooky side of social media and to make sure our privacy settings are set up and active.