Learning how to “Google well”

Do we ever truly have privacy online? As technology advances, we must learn to adapt to these changes. Privacy begins to diminish with these advancements. Every picture or blog posted becomes a "footprint" which will follow us for years to come. Although we may change and grow as individuals, images and words linked to our online identity can be detrimental to our future. Future bosses have the ability to make judgment from these actions that could affect a potential job opportunity. As a society, we must learn to educate ourselves in order to have a more positive outcome. It is important to teach students how to properly use technological advancements to enhance networking abilities and connections. Knowing how to "Google well" is the key to protecting our privacy. The more aware of what we post on the web, the less we need to be private.  I believe it is our personal responsibility to protect our identity by expanding our knowledge of privacy issues and controlling what we allow on the web. If we allow the government to sensor our "footprints", we will essentially give up constitutional rights (freedom of speech).

5 thoughts on “Learning how to “Google well””

  1. We have the right of freedom of speech. Yes, but do we as a people take full advantage of that right. When it comes to what we allow from the government and what the government allows from us I don’t believe sensory would be the right term for it. Responsibility is I believe to be more suitable. Personal responsibility in how we use our Freedom of Speech would present a smoother impression that we leave of ourselves online. There is no such thing as privacy online, I agree with you about how we need to be more aware of what we post and search that is our own doing and we as a people should take ownership of our actions.

  2. I love the analogy where you compared footprints to pictures . I absolutely agree because , once something is uploaded onto the internet, its there forever , no matter how much erasing you try to do or thought you did, your post/ blog/ picture/ status is there forever. Personally, I believe that privacy never existed on the internet. The internet was made for us to interact with each other and to make certain things public for everyone to see. I see it like this, if someone wants something to be private, they would never put that item on the internet. Us as users are trying to create a space of privacy on the internet while being ignorant to the fact that it is physically impossible. And yes , that’s why we must educated ourselves on proper use of the web.

  3. I agree with the fact that the concept of privacy has changed thanks to the internet. Employers can now research a potential employee more in depth, viewing what they’ve said and who they’ve said it to online. I also agree that while time passes, the posts made do not, they are forever connected to you, therefore something posted several years ago that might have been slightly offensive out of context can now be used to determine the quality of your work ethic. The internet is now only private if we ourselves make it private by being careful of what gets put online.

  4. I agree that we must take matters into our own hands to make sure that we maintain our privacy. It’s actually a bit disappointing to say that we never really have a sense of privacy online but we don’t and today’s technological advances prove it. I do think it’s important that we all learn to adapt to the advances in a way that would benefit us now and in the future. We did not have the knowledge on what could be considered as a “footprint” before that we do now and I don’t think it should be used against us.

  5. It is true that nowadays, when we access or use the internet, we are giving away our privacy. Why should it be like this? Is this sacrifice truly a worth it for a “free” internet? Your article raises some great questions and is written really well, and also calls for a strong plan of action.

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