Can I share this?

Here’s a frightening thought: once you send someone a digital item (text, snapchat, etc) it’s theirs to keep forever.

Sure, they don’t technically own it but there’s nothing you can do in preventing them from sharing your content further, even after they’ve manipulated it.

The age of flying files and texts is also one of incredible trust. In principle, we shouldn’t share each other’s content or forward emails without the original provider’s consent. Anything we share publicly via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram however is fair game to be reshared or talked about.

Content is king. We use it to communicate on the web. Images and emojis or images with emojis embedded are becoming the new status updates. But within the excess of sharing comes context. Where and why a person shares something is squally as important as who they share it with.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.