Last week, I was listening to Gary Vaynerchuk’s 92Y talk. One of the things he talked about was how you should act in a world where everything is searchable. Gary believes this going to change behavior in a good way. I agree. It’s similar to the old quote your parents, or grandparents, would tell you, “You shouldn’t do anything unless you’d be okay with it in the front page of the paper.”
Gary believes people will probably be less likely to say, or do, horrible things online if those things would be displayed while performing a simple search on the persons name. Think employers, family, or friends.
It’s a good lesson for all of us to think about before we do anything online. Even though this search capability doesn’t work exactly as I stated above. How long do you think we’re away from that type of information, or how much longer will it be until some hacker figures out a way to disclose the identities of the behavior you thought could remain anonymous? It’s probably not far away.
Instead of telling your kids about being on the cover of the front page of the paper. You should ask them if they would be okay with a particular action being visible on their Facebook Wall, Intsagram feed, or Google Search.
We all need to rethink our idea of privacy. If you’re uploading anything to the internet, then you should realize your information, media, or conversation is no longer private.