Did Facebook presume to show you on your timeline what your year has been? Did you get an album created by FACEBOOK of your 2014??I enjoy sharing photos and newsworthy items with friends and family on Facebook, but I was taken back when I realized that I am sharing all of that with the computer mind at Facebook. Presumably, a real human mind thought that Facebook users would appreciate this album showing up on their timeline? When you think about it, every day we show our face to the world and people make what they will of us. Why, then, do I care that I’ve shown my life to FACEBOOK and it has made what it will of me? This is a question I need to ponder.
And how about Pinterest? Riding in the car or faced with watching one of dear husband’s movie picks for the evening, I will sometimes pull out the I Pad or phone and see what Pinterest thinks I would be interested in as I randomly click through photos. I pin other’s photos and they pin mine. Is this something to be of concern? Will Pinterest begin to form an opinion of me based on my interests, or …..even, photos of my Christmas mantel? Is this any different from showing your face to the world, each time you go to your favorite dress shop, make up counter, interior design shop, antique store? Do you like it when the sales associate greets you by name and shows you something she thinks you will like based on your prior purchases?
I have truly enjoyed clicking through photos on Pinterest to see what Christmas looks like from other points of view. It is pinteresting! Creating and maintaining a blog is in some ways the same; we bloggers show a side of ourselves to the world as we write about ourselves, our activities, our interests, our dilemmas and concerns. We even show our beloved pets! What we need to be mindful of is the way in which all of this DATA is used. There is no such thing as anonymous!
I wish you all a very Pinteresting Christmas! But let’s put down our devices and really enjoy showing our true faces to our friends and family!! We can save our worries about social media and all of this Big Brother stuff for 2015! Merry Christmas!