[delicious user tagging visualization by Kunal Anand]
The systematic use of personal data systems in the monitoring or investigation of the actions or communications of one or more persons
– Roger Clarke
Reaction to these two giants on the web sharing/making obvious they know things about us is causing an uproar in some circles. Yet many of us offer up what is, if you stop and think about it, a staggering amount of information.
Tara Hunt recently surveyed why (and what) people share; turns out many things are available online (home addresses, travel plans) and most who posted private stuff online (tweets from a date, photos of kids, feelings) didn’t delete it afterward — though some thought about it.
Just because something is publicly accessible doesn’t mean people want to be publicized.
– danah boyd in her SXSW keynote
[We Feel Fine scans blogs for feelings]
How can we use all this information responsibly?
What will happen to our data trails when we’re gone?