Rain Camp, Social Media, Privacy and Me.
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Protecting my privacy.
I left Rain Camp: Portland bursting with ideas about how to get my name out there. How to make sure that everyone who wants to buy or sell a home in my neck of the woods realizes that one very good option is to call me.
But my wife Marjie had other ideas. We honeymooned in Oregon in 1992 and one of the towns we spent a night in was Corvallis. Since we were so close it only made sense and we spent a pleasant night in a riverside motel. Breakfast had us on a patio overlooking the Willamette River. "I like this place. It's so private," she said. Later we had a second cup of coffee at The Beanery, a coffee shop we'd stopped at back in '92.
The 6 hour drive back to Seattle can be pretty boring and I couldn't stop thinking about PRIVACY. One day last week on Active Rain Karen Fiddler wrote Active Rain Ethics? Are Comments On Blogs Now The Property Of the Blog Poster? Hmmmm, which dealt with the reposting an article by someone else with accompanying comments on a personal website. Some objections were raised, some didn't care and some liked it. So thought that if it was a "members only" post a commenter's privacy might have been compromised.
Social Media - Facebook and others, have seemingly addressed this with "privacy settings" that you supposedly you can limit who can see certain posts of yours. But, let's face it. Once you put it out there, it's out there.
In 1972, about the time The Beanery opened, I started my first business. Passing out my business card, my name and number, what I was doing where and when got to be a daily routine. Now, almost 40 years later, I'm learning more sophisticated ways than ever to get what I'm doing, how I do it, and how to reach me, to as many people as possible. I'm not a private person. I can't afford to be. I don't do anything criminal, evil, nasty or mean. I'm not a Russina spy. So why should I worry if my privacy is invaded.
This is what I know. I realize the importance of keeping bank account numbers and certain online access codes private. I lock my doors. I don't broadcast on Social Media when I'm away on vacation. That's about it for my privacy concerns. How about you?