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Nixon unredacted copy 2Time for a quick lesson in social media.  We’re all aware of it but I thought I’d share my most recent reminder about just how much privacy there really is once you hang yourself out on the interweebs. 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

noun, ( usually used with a plural verb) Digital Technology

1.  websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts.

Let’s back up the bus.

I walked into what I thought was an informal chat about the upcoming redacted season at the local redacted and my role as a redacted inst…maybe I’ll just not finish that so it doesn’t have to be redacted  too…

ship's telegraph copySo, imagine my surprise at being asked why I was saying negative things about redacted redacted redacted on social media. Cue the sound of a ship’s telegraph ringing full stop. CA-CHING CA-CHING After a few minutes of trying to find out what it was I’d said and on which of the  platforms I said it, I learned some folk have different definitions of what social media is.

The details are not important. The essential point is that at any given time anything written on any one of the many splendid things that make up Social Media can come back to bite you in the redacted.

We all know that.

I am scrupulous about what I say on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even these bloggy things regarding places I work and/or play.  Seriously.  It isn’t arrogance or the firm belief millions of folk hang upon my every word. I know the stats (Hi Joyce) about who reads buster keaton steamboat window copy 2anything I write. (Hi Mark— what do you want for supper?)

It’s not the people you know and who know you (How’s your day going, Rob?) that you need to worry about. Nope, its because, no matter how tightly you lock it down, everything online is public. For emphasis let’s repeat that: everything online is public

Facebook has security upon security features. I have a filter on my Twitter account so I  approve any follower requests. But redacted  happens and, knowing that, I make an effort to avoid putting information out there I wouldn’t want an eavesdropper to pick up.

Turns out in this case the medium was an email which is not something I put in the bridge demolition copycategory of social media. This email sent was sent some time ago to me as president of the redacted (w&o) league. I replied directly to the sender indicating I wasn’t really president of that league anymore but, while you’re asking, here’s my take on the subject. Yes, I checked to make sure I hadn’t selected ‘reply all’.  Unfortunately, I also cc’d it to the current  president of w&o league and she decided to circulate it to a few more folk. Who cc’d it to a few more and we have a shampoo commercial and, arguably, something closer to (but still not really) social media.

Was this redacted reply in a negative tone? Nope. Did I say snarky stuff about the redacted redacted redacted or about anyone associated with redacted redacted redacted? Not in the least. Did I make an offhand joke about priorities and bureaucracy? Maybe. But just a little one without any reference, even implied, to anyone in particular.

kick_cat_by_pearlgraygallery-d80tjk1 copyTurns out there are people who read every single item in a 4 page monster reply thread email. And one of them was having a very bad day. And guess who was the cat on the step when that person got home.

I love being a redacted redacted… at redacted redacted redacted. And I would never say anything on said social media accounts that could be interpreted as derogatory or dismissive about it or any of the people therein contained.

In future I will be as equally circumspect in my correspondence as I am in social media.

And so, dear reader, the lesson for today is once you hit ‘send’ even emailz got sharp little teeth.buster keaton OutWest1918-01 copy

 

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