Why Twitter Made Our Faces Public (and Myspace Had It Right All Along)

Bryce on  raising Digital Natives:

Because I want them to learn to own their online identities, I’ve set all of their accounts to public. 

Public makes us accountable for our content, comments, likes, and shares.

Just a few years ago no one ever thought they’d make their Facebook page public for the world to see.  And then Zuckerberg famously declared the age of privacy over.

Remember that Facebook once thrived on marketing its privacy in the face of a public MySpace, which apparently had it right all along.

But it wasn’t Facebook or MySpace that put our faces on the Internet.  Twitter trained everyone that if you want to be a part of the global discussion, your profile must be open.

Twitter taught web users that conversation goes beyond friends and with people you’ve never met.  Unlike the days of AOL chat rooms, people are more likely to converse with you if they think it’s your true identity.

Our Internet public life therefore becomes eerily similar to our physical life.  An ignorant remark tweeted on the Internet will land you in trouble, even to the point of jail.

Bryce is just warming his kids up to the eventuality of global public life where you’ll be rewarded for character and intelligence.  You’ll be judged on what you share.  An engaged public digital face makes the old world seem stodgy and stagnant.

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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.