There has been a great deal of talk lately on the concept of “transparency” – in businesses (Wired did their cover story on it a couple months ago), in management and I have been noticing more and more that early tech adopters are becoming more and more transparent.
My AIM and Skype ids let everyone know about when I am online. My tweets on Twitter give me the opportunity to give a play by play of everything that I am doing all day (if I use it). Trackbacks let me see who reposts my blog on their site. I just joined Me.dium yesterday, which lets me see where all the other me.dium users are browsing and converse with them if I desire (they see me too, tho).
Companies are jumping on this transparency train too. Google just gave us access to our search records, but they have had them for a while, especially if you downloaded their toolbar. I just downloaded the AdaptiveBlue plugin that gives me a semantic web experience, but tracks my habits.
What is strange to me is that while I champion and fight for clarity of understanding around privacy issues with children, I have simultaneously relinquished most of my own privacy, mostly because I see it as an illusion. I allow so many parts of my identity to live online and protect only what is truly dear (my family info, my beliefs, my SSN 🙂 ).
I am sure this has occured to most “cybers” lately, but it struck me today as a big thing for some reason. Thoughts? Lord knows I will probably find them out somehow, if you are as transparent as I am.