As a person of a certain age (it’s been suggested that I’m the official “SkepBiddy”), I both love and hate technology. I love it because it’s a great outlet for my creativity. I love the challenge of making code submit to my will, and the ability to have friends all over the world that I think of as an extended family. Technology and Teh Internets are awesome.
I also hate technology and the internet because, as Scoble calls it, the “Facebook Freaky Line” seems to be pushed closer and closer each day. Privacy seems to just about not exist anymore. You can look at the kinds of books I read. You can find out what I’m listening to on Pandora right now (currently live version of London Calling by the Clash). You can find photos of me with my arm up a cow butt. Those are things I’ve opted into sharing, so while it’s kinda creepy, I also find lots of fun new info that way, so it’s ok.
Except. Now Facebook shares what news articles my friends read. I have to opt out of sharing the coordinates of where I physically am in the world when I post or tweet. There are apps that will tweet/share when you gain and loose weight. A new gadget will track your movement so you can see when you are active/inactive, and keep track of what you’ve eaten. And, of couse, it can tweet and share all of that.
Since it’s tracking your movement and location, it could in theory tell people who you are hooking up with, and where, and if it’s tantric sex or a bit of rumpy-pumpy. (Assuming you have a sex life, of course–it would pretty much do nothing but tweet “Still sitting on my ass in front of the computer” for me.)
I find that each year what I can tolerate and what I name as intrusive–the Freaky Line–is moving a little closer.
Where is your freaky line? What information would you not be comfortable sharing? Would just telling me what you don’t want to share cross the line?
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