Sunday, April 3, 2011

Erasing the Digital Past

For the umpteenth time an article in the Styles Section of the New York Times has caught my eye.  Everyone loves Google that seems to be able to find anything on the internet.  The article discusses that people are hiring online reputation managers to help unflattering information fade away.  Since I have a unique name it is easy for people to find information about me using any search index.  Between Bruce's Journal and Bruce at the NJIT Library I have authored over 2000 blog entries.  I certainly have tweeted and posted on Facebook many times.  I admit that some of my posts were silly, but not malicious.  Mr. Pompous and some guy in Canada made fun of me since I reported that I was at Dunkin Donuts and at Rite Aid.  However, just about everyone makes sily posts.

One must always keep in mind that anything on the Internet is public information.  An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so always be careful what you say online.

1 comment:

mail said...

I remember that post too, because it was very funny. It wasn't because you said you were at Dunkin Donuts, we all do that. It was because you said you were having "brunch" at Dunkin Donuts.

Brunch is something you have at The Plaza or some cafe on a Sundeay. Brunch involves beautiful omlettes and belgian waffles and Bloody Marys.

So when you said you were having brunch at Dunkin Donuts, it sounded very funny. It was like saying, I am having Thanksgiving dinner at 7-11.

Please don't take this the wrong way, I enjoy your blog posts. I live in Stamford, Connecticut and read them regularly.

Matt

 
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