Open to the Public

My Facebook page is public by default.

Facebook is really just another syndication channel for me. I’d rather not spend the time toggling between public and private shares. What you see is what everyone gets, like Twitter.

In fact, Twitter taught us all to get comfortable with the practice of sharing publicly. Eye balls raise if you’re account is private. The same rules apply to Instagram. Why join if you don’t want to participate in the larger social community? Be seen.

Privacy is old school thinking on social networks. But don’t share everything. Keep a private journal too. Use Day One, Days, or Vesper to collect personal thoughts and images. Those are the posts that you come back to to get life’s perspective. Those are also the stories the government nor any other family should see; they’re for you only.

Sharing is an extension of the world we see. Sharing should be honest. It also allows us to connect with like-minded people a world away and step in their shoes. But by all means, only share what you’re willing to be held accountable for. Everything goes on record.

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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.