Way back in the beginning of internet time, when AOL saturated the country with software discs, a lesson was learned by many of the early adopters–you could kind of become almost anyone and hide behind your keyboard.
I started thinking about this a couple of days ago when first I was reading about the squad the goes through all of the video and pictures posted on Facebook each day to make sure there is no porn or other objectionable material–that would cut into profits. Then on Tuesday night I was out with two friends and we go to talking about Facebook–and I was reminded of this clip from a few years ago-when Facebook becomes real.
I dug that clip out this morning and posted it to my FB page. Feel free to friend me up if we are not friends there yet.
Now that FB clip is not unlike a more recent item about Twittering in real life from our pals at College humor.
Of course, if you are not following me on Twitter feel free to jump in there as well.
The reason for all this nostalgia though is real. Because you can’t hide behind the keyboard any longer. All of what we put out into the world-cyber and IRL is out there and searchable and you can be held accountable for it. So much like what you put in email, if you don’t want it on the front page of the New York Times-don’t put it on the internet.
You think these guys really thoguht they would be fired? Probably not, but still they put it out there and paid the price.
So yeah, its great to have the freedom to self publish on a blog like this one, or on Twitter, plurk or anywhere else. But it comes with the responsibility to self moderate-or face the consequences because no matter what we do, we are IRL.