A teenage girl was murdered while she was alone at home. A few hours before she died, she tweeted, “Have the house to myself everybody gone.”
Sometimes, we share too much information online. At the time of this story, it had not been proven the killer saw her Twitter feed; but announcing you’re home alone to the general public is not a good idea.
Sadly, the murder case is an extreme example of what could happen if you share too much information online. But even less extreme consequences aren’t worth it. Other consequences of information over sharing could include home burglary while on vacation or identity thieves taking your identity because you posted your birth date, address, and cell phone number on any social media.
Hello! my readers,
Throughout the twenty-first century, technology has increased so much that now almost everything is achievable through the Internet.
What’s become really popular in only the last couple years are social networking sites which have not only become an efficient way to connect with friends and family but also to share your thoughts and ideas.
In some ways, social networking sites are used more to share your knowledge and thoughts for anyone and everyone to see. They’re almost like sites which provide you with your own personal diary.
There are many advantages of sharing things online.
People from all over the world get to see your innovation
s. It’s a way to get messages across without literally having to get a message across. If you had something you felt strongly about and wanted people to know about it, what better way to let people know via the Internet? However, with every advantage, there is a disadvantage…
Things can go wrong when sharing things such as virtual diaries online. You may feel strongly about something and share your opinion on the Internet, but what if that thing you feel strongly about gets you into trouble? This has been the case in many incidents where people have put something online not knowing that it might offend others. In some forms, this could be online bullying. If someone was to get hold of something private you may have wrote and shared it online, once it’s out there, it’s very hard to get off.
Another disadvantage is that anyone can use it whether it is for their own purposes or for using it against someone. People, including myself, have been through cases where they have had their work copied or stolen by someone else. Having diaries or word processed documents online means that anyone has access to it and can easily be copied and used by others. It’s nice to have things online, however if something reaches the Internet that you don’t want people to see, things can easily escalate. Like I mentioned earlier, once something is on the Internet, it is very hard to get off.
If you have work on there that you want everyone to see, all is good. More so, things can easily spread on the Internet which is something that wouldn’t be appreciated if you didn’t want people to get hold of something you’ve mistakenly put online. It is easy for things to spread online meaning anyone can have access to something, whether or not you want them to.
Sharing data online is a good, but also potentially bad, idea. It is helpful as it encourages people to communicate and edit each other’s work, but it can bring difficulties as once something is put online it can never really be taken away from existence. It has been archived, stored or accessed somewhere.
( International Trainer, Motivator & Coach
Edexcel Level – 4 Btec Professional Award ( UK)
ITOL Diploma in Coaching Excellence (UK) )