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I am so, so sorry for ignoring you since August. This blog was made with the pure intention of sharing all the crazy amazing (and not so amazing) things that have happened in our lives. I am a delinquent. It’s not that I didn’t want to keep everyone updated and create a visual and verbal breadcrumb of everything that has happened. It’s just that every time I went to this blog, I wanted to say so much, but I didn’t know where to start. I am a bit rusty. I will also throw out the “I don’t have time” card. On top of my career, I am also taking classes at NYU after work and on weekends. This week’s assignment in my Advanced Social Media class is to write three blog entries. I am hoping that this is the push that I need to get my fire started again. This week could be three and next week, I could have three more.

So blog and friends, please know that more will be coming. I will make up for the radio silence that have happened from my part for the last year.

Till next time,

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Are you one of millions who overshare on Facebook, Twitter, your away messages, or just about anything that can get attention? What if your information got into the wrong hands? Like a burglar? A obsessed stalker? Someone  you absolutely hate? Or what if Facebook had a glitch and sent your private messages to someone other than the intended recipient (read 13 Intimate Facebook Messages here)?

Please Rob Me brought this issue to light with their website (right now, it is under construction). They published a stream of aggregated information detailing names of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare users of when they left home and where they were currently located to prove a point: be careful of what you share online. This is exceeding difficult to some, especially with the onslaught of trendy location-based websites, such as Foursquare and Gowalla.

Exhibit 1: PleaseRobMe.com homepage (before being under construction)

Stop oversharing! There’s already an article about you people…oh, but wait, you probably like it because it’s all about you.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for sharing good things that happen to you (I got a job! I’m going to be in a play! Woohoo straight A’s!) and self-promotion (i.e. Summer Lance is looking for a marketing job. Does anyone have any leads?), but I feel like there should be a censor on some of the things we say. Part of this is because of those pesky recruiters. Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. How can you be yourself if you have to watch everything you do? I don’t like recruiters being on Facebook as much as the next kid, but it’s just one of those things we have to live with (and think about it. If you were a recruiter and you were deciding between two candidates, wouldn’t you try to find out EVERYTHING about them?).

I ask myself these questions before I write a status

  1. Will my family approve (I’m friends with some of my older family members)
  2. Will my coworkers approve (Ditto. Friends with some too)
  3. Will my professors approve (Yeah…that too)

If it passes the Yes test, then I go for it.

What about you? Do you have a test for yourself before you write your statuses (i.e. Will other people care what I say?)? If you’re one of those oversharers, why do you do it? Do you even think about privacy issues?

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