Ivan Schneider: The Internet Loves Birthdays

The Internet has evolved into a machine for drumming up a chorus of "Happy Birthday" messages, from family, friends, friends of friends who you added on Facebook, random people that you circled on G+, and increasingly, automated bots. Enough already.
8/27/2013 | 69 comments
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Hayder   The Internet Loves Birthdays   12/3/2013 3:13:15 PM
Irony of internet

Well sharing of data either personal/official started out as a personal application and still has the flavor of being controlled by individuals (as opposed to corporations), we often underestimate the sheer destruction caused by mishandling this tool. I believe that this is what happened to the most of the people as well as organizations. They originally underestimated the data leakage taking place in this sphere and have since, wisely, begun to rethink their strategy either on personal or organizational level

Broadway   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/27/2013 3:31:27 PM
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@Susan, I think you have touched on an important distinction: those pics/updates meant to show your love of your child/pet and those that poke fun. Too often parents cross the line to the latter.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/27/2013 2:38:28 PM
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@Broadway: I hear ya, it must be a tough choice to make. I don't have kids. I can't say what i'd do. My FB page is full of pics of my pets, so imagine if I did have kids I'd be one of "those" parents.


In all seriousness, even something as benign as showing embarrassing pic of you as a kid crying on Santa's lap--those pics used to stay in the family photo album and my Mom would drag it out to embarrass me in my teen years when I had a date over.

I recently saw someone post a pic like that of their kid on FB after a really bad haircut, and I just thought, wow, that's kind of mean putting that out there for all the world to see. Will that pic come back to be a source of embarrassment for him someday, or will it just fade into the digital ether and be lost forever?

And that's not even considering the more dangerous side of posting pics of your kids, which almost goes without saying. 

Broadway   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 11:00:57 PM
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@Susan, I've recently had serious second thoughts about posting any pics of my little children online. I used to figure that was the real only good use of FB, but now I think I am violating their privacy and opening them up to who knows what horrors.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 1:16:54 PM
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@Hayder: True, control really is out of our hands at this point, our personal data is already out there in the wide wide worth whether we like it or not.

Your suggestion is exactly the thing that needs to be repeated over and over, and is something I tell friends and family all the time: 

I believe we need to be careful what we share and only share what is not very personnal.

IMHO, we need a people's organization to start an awareness campaign, with Public Service Announcements making people aware of how much personal privacy they are really sacrificing. Just as we've had such campaigns to make people aware of the dangers of cigarette smoking or texting while driving, in a sense this is also a "public health" issue, only it's about the health of our personal identities as opposed to our physical beings.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 1:07:58 PM
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@Nomi: You're right, and it's a bit of both factors at play: both an acceptance of the privacy violations not being top of mind concern to many people and a rather flippant attitude about the issue--at least, until the individual themselves is hacked or has their identity stolen. It's the kind of thing that once you live through it you understand. Just as It's hard to sell an alarm system to someone who has no fear of having their home burglarized.
Hayder   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 7:48:06 AM
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@Susan agreed but how can we improve that awareness. I believe the data transfered to the third party without any binding is considered to be compromised from the time you hand it over to them. Social media is no exception and is actually the root cause where hackers identify the target and then its done. I believe we need to be careful what we share and only share what is not very personnal  :)
Hayder   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 7:44:47 AM
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@Taimoor thanks for the tip but can you share how your sister came to know about the hack. Most of the users do not know it actually and do not know where to look either. It will be a great help :)
Nomi   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/13/2013 7:26:25 AM
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@Susan I am not sure whats the reason. Either we have thaken the issue very lightly or loss of privacy is no more a concern to the people. I believe the ratio of people is very less who are not affected by this at one time or the other but they are not aware of an appropriate platform to raise the issue. I think we need to have one to voice pur legitimate concern.
Susan Nunziata   The Internet Loves Birthdays   11/12/2013 1:58:50 PM
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@Marif: good points, and the sharing that is done on social media can very easily lend itself to malicious hackers as well. Your name, your birth date, details about your friends, even your mother's maiden name could be ascertained on social media. 
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