Sunday, January 15, 2012
I'm not a fan of private thoughts publicly displayed on the internet. I'm not happy that SP added the "share" button to personal blogs without notice (or I could have missed the notice). But here's a few thoughts:
*As long as your SP page is not private, anyone has always been able to post a link to anything you've posted...the internet in general is not private. The new "share" button just makes this easier to do.
*Very few people on SP have screen names that clearly identify them in the real world...which is the beauty of SP! Even with seeing which groups I belong to to try to narrow down who I am, I am confident that nobody who knows me in real life would ever figure out the link between my SP user name and my real name. So, if someone shares my blog, whoever it is shared with will still never know who I really am.
*There is a box to uncheck on your SP member page if you do not want the share button to appear on your blogs (but again, anyone can still post a link by copying the webpage address to your blog).
*If someone is sharing your blog, I'm sure it is because it inspired them! SP members are soooo encouraging and supportive. That's why I'm so comfortable on SP. I am on FB and there are too many "vultures" ready to rip into most things that are posted on FB. So, I censor myself a lot on FB. But, not on SP. SP is the complete opposite which is needed for such an intimate journey. When I post on SP that I've had a bad moment, there are people on SP posting encouraging words right away. When I post on SP that I met a milestone, there are people on SP posting congrats right away.
The bottom line is that I agree with just about everyone on SP that FB/Twitter and SP are two parts of my life that I wish to keep separate, but in cyberworld, once something is posted, it is available for all to see. That's why I choose a SP user name that doesn't identify me in real life.