I have been using a lot of different communication technologies since I was a young child. It started when I got my first phone, at the age of 10. After that I have been signing up for different social media pages to stay in contact with friends, follow the trends and to be cool. When I was 14, I signed up for Facebook, I have not used any other social media until I bought my Iphone. In less than an hour, I had downloaded all the apps that I wanted from Apple Store. To stay in contact with my family and friends back home I am now using Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Viber and Skype on my phone. Thanks to Apple Iphone, I know what is going on back home in Sweden and it does not feel that I am 25 hours away on the other side of the world. I can easily make a phone call for free via Skype, like I was there in Sweden. The fast movement of new technologies has made it easier for people to stay in touch. These days, it is normal for people to have friends from all over the world. All social media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, Youtube are all connected with each other and therefore, it is easy to find out about new technologies in the social media network. The first time I discovered Instagram was via Facebook when my friends started to link their pictures to their Fackebook account.
One important question in our global movement is how much privacy do we have? Before I got to Australia, my current Swedish flat mate had checked me out on Google and found pictures. From those pictures he made a judgment if I seemed to be a cool person or not. Many of my friends have friends on Facebook that they have not met in real life. How can you call them “friends”? Imagine how many people out there who create a false profile to be able to follow others. I have a lot of friends on Facebook who I have met briefly and are only acquaintances outside of social media. At least then you know that this person actually exist and you can trust his/her profile.
The way people can look you up online is also common in how businesses recruit. Your feature employer can type in your name on Google and receive a lot of information. This is becoming more of an issue in terms of your private life is no longer a secret and therefore no longer private. Many companies would not mind checking out their employees beforehand to make a judgment about their personality and interests in order to make a decision if this person is the one they are looking for. Privacy is therefore important to social media networking sites. However, they also encourage people to share pictures and comments with friends. The relationship with privacy is socially complicated, when people do not think about how to protect their privacy and they continue uploading embarrassing photos. Many social networking sites know this and therefore keep reminding people how fun it is to share and almost hide their privacy option. As Bruce Schneier stated in his article about, Google And Facebook’s Privacy Illusion, “companies whose CEOs eulogize privacy make their money by controlling vast amounts of their users’ information”(Schneier, 2010). Basically, the more time their users spend on their site and connecting with their friends, more publicity and profit for the company.
Schneier, B. (2010). Google And Facebook’s Privacy Illusion. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/05/google-facebook-twitter-technology-security-10-privacy.html
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