This pic was snapped of me, not unusual given my line of work and my propensity to enjoy being out at events… but this one….
Was snapped, randomly, by someone I don’t know, while I was out walking on the street to lunch and then posted to a friends FB wall, I wasn’t tagged or even identified. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement, horrified is pretty apt!!
Then, I stopped to think about it… was my privacy violated? Yea.. kinda, more than I am normally comfortable with. Only, the guy that snapped the pic, was teasing his friend, my feelings or even myself didn’t come into his thoughts on this. He didn’t consider the full ramifications of what he was doing. How often do you snap a random pic and it has people in it that you don’t know and then post it?? Is that the same thing?
In the world of “Quick Instagram that sh*t” are we considering the privacy of others? My Golden Rule: If I don’t want it to public, don’t put it on Social!! If I’m out in a public place, does that mean I am fair game for being in YOUR picture or FourSquare checkin without my consent? ( I, do have 4sq rules, I don’t check in where I sleep or live) But, is my rule applicable to others? Should we now expect to have things posted without our permission?
Take for instance, the woman who posted a pic of a man, she was overhearing on the train boasting of his private life, she morally objected to his lifestyle and decided to be judge & jury and declare public shaming as the punishment!! What gave her that right? Have we, as a society crossed the line?
This is a huge area, and this is the first time I have been confronted with this… I am in a quandary, I make my life public, but that should be my choice with my rulez!! I know what is appropriate and I am careful about what I post, share about the people I am with (Ohh, I may tease Sam that I’m going to share certain pics). I like to think I am respectful, I wouldn’t share anything, I wouldn’t want shared.
Obviously, I have more questions then any answers, this is a huge grey area and very situational! For me, I have this horrible, violated feeling in my stomach and now I am asking you….
Where are the lines?
Do you have rules?
*BTW, I was on my way to a fab lunch with a really good friend, he has graciously allowed me to borrow the pic from his Facebook. He was a little creeped out, too!!