I'm not here to extol the virtues or highlight the evils of any social networking site (I'll leave that to those who actually use these sites). Nor am I offering how-to manual on using these sites. What I do want to impress upon my dear readers is that once you're up there, you're up there for good. If you think deleting your account/profile/entry will erase your online existence, think again.
The online world is soap operas and comic books made real - those you thought dead are brought back to life, and in some instances, never die. Your search histories, browser histories, information you enter through non-secured sites, and on and on and on. These data live forever somewhere and can be found by enterprising individuals (who should be focusing their natural ingenuity toward more productive goals). And while you will probably be in the majority to never have to worry about the information that can be found about your online, just be aware of what is going on out there and where the technology you use is taking you.
Have to hand it to the federal government marketing mavens - they sometimes get it right. On my walk to work each morning I encounter an ad on the side of a public phone kiosk (yes, public phones still exist in NYC despite what you might have heard in the opening monologue of the movie "Phone Booth"). The ad is for a the site ready.gov. The site is produced by the Department of Homeland Security - it offers advice on how to prepare and recover from a disaster, broken into three groups:
While I was skeptical the feds could produce anything adequate on the subject of business continuity (haven't looked through the America or Kids sections yet) that didn't skew toward upping the fear level, I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. The site focuses too much on the large business disruptions (natural disasters, terrorist attack, etc.), but it offers a basic continuity plan that is sufficient for most small businesses, advice on how to involve employees in the planning and execution (a must for a plan to actually work), and other useful tidbits.
No matter how jaded you might be about the feds (I cannot tell a lie, I am high on the jaded index), this is one site that delivers for you. Just imagine it was your tax dollars that helped build it.
OK, so it's been quiet for awhile. Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and here's to a good 2009.
Just want to let you know we'll be back to our regular posting schedule starting next week. So come on back for the latest and greatest (and all my ramblings).