Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Social content access control

After reading about Lindsey Stone's story about losing her job and getting her life ruined over mischievous photo posted on her personal Facebook page, it took me a while to register what had really happened.  Granted that she took and uploaded a bad-taste photo, it's clear that she did not intend to release the photo to the world.  She posted it on her personal page, and when negative reactions piled on she followed up with a comment explaining her bad judgement.

But it did not matter.  The photo got leaked outside her private circle of friends.  Someone got a hold of the copy without her approval and posted back on public Facebook page "Fire Lindsey Stone."  It took a life of its own, and many people who just heard the one side of story got piled on by even larger number.  They demanded her getting fired from her job, and it actually happened.  I heard that She has been let go.

We need to stop this nonsense.

I am all for individual exercising their good judgement when we share things on social media.  I have been advocating that everyone to be trained for proper social media usage when kids open their first social media  account.

But regardless of our proper use of social media, there can always be embarrassing leaks of information that we did not intend for public to see.  Photos that were taken of us without our approval get uploaded routinely and can get tagged by our friends.  Who does not have a few embarrassing photos that we wish that they never existed?  Who did not make poor judgement call when we had one too many drinks at a wedding reception for example?  What about at a bachelor party?

Truth is that this could have happened to anyone.  It could have been me,  it could have been you.  It could have been your son and daughter.

We need to understand the social etiquette.  If it is a private content, it's not okay to share.  It doesn't matter whether it ended up on our news feed via our mutual friend's comment, or Facebook accidentally released someone else's albums.

I think the best way to raise awareness of this social etiquette is pointing out those who share things that are not meant to.  We need to call them out when people share someone else's private content.

Anyone who has cycle to build such an app?

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