It’s unnerving how connected we are.
Lately I’ve noticed that I don’t always take the time to read the multitude of social network notifications that pop up in my internet browser and cell phone. This probably has something to do with growing up with the Windows 3.1 operating system – alerts and popups are just background noise to me. So I end up just barely scanning the notification and agreeing, only to find out later that I’ve committed myself to the crime of being a social network creep.
How many of you have fallen into the same trap?
Most of my online accounts are linked in ways that I really don’t really understand. Unfortunately, I rarely hesitate to “sign in with Twitter or Facebook”. I think “well that’s great because I don’t have to take the extra few seconds to think up a password/username”. But what am I really agreeing to?! This is definitely an area where I have some homework to do.
On top of that, my Google smartphone has now become excellent at letting me know when my contacts, be they Facebook friends, Twitter followers, or LinkedIn pals, sign up for new social media accounts. But it does so deceptively – sending me a tiny notification that mimics a friend request asking if I would like to add the individual as a contact on their brand new four square, instagr.am, or twitter account. Of course, failing to understand that I’ve only been notified of their new account, I add them as a friend. Unfortunately, the haven’t added me…. I’ve mistaken the notification of their new account as an invite.
So… basically I have been adding people before they even know how their new social networking accounts work. They see this big ELLE IS NOW YOUR FOLLOWER and probably think “How does she even know I have this account? Is she stalking me??” Fear not, I’m not that good at keeping up to date! (no one should be…). I’m just already on every social network and my cell phone is capable of making connections between networks uncomfortably fast.
It’s super creepy.
The lines of over-sharing are already blurred, but what about the lines of privacy?!
So, for future reference, read new friend notifications carefully. Or you might just look like the biggest internet creeper ever!
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