Anonymous vs appropriate

George Couros, a Canadian Division Principal, has written a blog post responding to some of the statistics revealed by the 2013 Pew Report.

The statistics he reports are:

  • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
  • 71% post their school name, up from 49%.
  • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
  • 53% post their email address, up from 29%.
  • 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

In addition to the trend questions, we also asked five new questions about the profile teens use most often and found that among teen social media users:

  • 92% post their real name to the profile they use most often.2
  • 84% post their interests, such as movies, music, or books they like.
  • 82% post their birth date.
  • 62% post their relationship status.
  • 24% post videos of themselves.

What Couros questions is the push from some schools and parents for students to remain anonymous on the net. As this is obviously not happening, Couros suggests that perhaps we should be teaching our young adults (and children) to post appropriately. A good digital footprint will soon replace a curriculum vitae (if that’s not already the case).

Anonymous no more

The internet: It is becoming ever more difficult to browse the internet without leaving behind digital footprints that reveal your identity.

So says The Economist magazine. The article Anonymous no more

Many sites now include Facebook “Like” buttons. Click one, and your Facebook profile will be updated with a message linking to the page in question. This feature helps people share content with friends, but it also allows Facebook to track its users’ browsing. In fact, merely going to a page containing a “Like” button while logged into Facebook is enough to notify the social network of your visit, whether or not you click the button.

Do we have the right to anonymity any more? How does everything being public change our behaviour online?

If the days of anonymous browsing are not over yet, some observers think they soon will be.

Is this just a matter of being a good digital citizen, or is it an invasion of our privacy? Where do we draw the line between responsible and being constantly watched and tracked?