Saturday, August 25, 2012

Internet privacy!

Let's talk about Internet privacy, or rather the illusion, and lack of privacy! I have a few internet blogging accounts. Just recently, one of my fellow bloggers, tried a little experiment. He took user names,and put them in Google images. He couldn't believe the results. What started out as an idea for a joke post, turned into an internet nightmare for many of the other members. 

Many of these members, were blogging under anonymous names, and wished to stay anonymous, but there on Google images, were pictures they had posted in many of their blog posts.How they ended up there, we didn't know, and many were shocked to see their pics, show up, under an anonymous name, and account. Many, were using the site, as a sort of self therapy, through writing, many were and are, taking frustrations of everyday life out, through their writing, and anonymity was very important to them.

I have posted many pictures on my accounts, and really don't care, because I've always suspected, that anything we publish on the Internet, is subject to being seen by anyone! I expect no privacy when it comes to the internet, there are just too many factors to take into account.  

If you blog on a continuous basis, there is bound to be a page or two, of you, if you Google yourself. (Dayum, Googling yourself, almost sounds naughty, doesn't it?) . Try it, I have about 5 to 6 pages when I Google my name.

So take this as a friendly warning, if you are expecting Internet privacy, best thing is to stop posting blogs that are on the internet!

Now I would think there is some way to protect yourself, but I really don't know what it is, so if anyone reading this, does know, leave a comment, because I have many friends, freaking out at the moment.

Internet privacy, yup, I think it is just a dream!


  1. Whenever I've posted pictures of myself or whatever...I'm done it with full knowledge that I'm opening myself to every single person on the internet. ANYONE can see me. When I googled my WalkinOnSunshine...I didn't see any pictures of mine published...but it could have happened. There should be methods of protecting your privacy though.

  2. Thank you for commenting, and I agree, there should be a way to insure our privacy, when posting on blog sites.

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  4. I think as an Internet generation, we have to redefine our desire for privacy. Instead, we have to see our Internet persona as an extension of ourselves and just try to put forward the best face we can, knowing that we will be seen and heard.

    1. I agree to a certain extent, but the problem is, that many people who are on the internet, are just "babes in the woods" and have no idea. They don't realize that they are 'putting themselves out there" for the whole world to scrutinize, and are shocked when the realization finally sinks in!