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The Internet is Not Your Mother’s Living Room

Remember, back in the day, when you used to laugh over embarrassing  stories and photos, in your mother’s living room?  It was great fun, and you always knew that what went on in Mom’s living room stayed in Mom’s living room.  Well, a funny thing happened in about the last dozen years: the internet was extended by social media and sharing sites, like MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and many more.  Apps on mobile phones make it quite easy to convert Mom’s living room quality embarrassing misadventures and photos into permanent memories for the whole world to see in perpetuity.  Disk space is cheap, and the price of “free” online services is that the service providers monetize your silly moments.  Don’t think that when you delete a photo from Facebook it is actually deleted, because it’s not.

So, the next time you’re tempted to extend your mother’s living room to the entire world, think about it.

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