Information on the Internet: How Much is too Much?

This is a question I ask myself all the time.  I like to be an open book, but there are just some things you don’t share.  There are some no brainers.  You don’t share your social and your address.  After that, where do you draw the line though?

I have friends that will not share pictures of their children.  I have some that will only share pictures that do not have faces.  And I have others, like me, that will share almost all of the pictures.  We have some family that isn’t able to visit all the time.  So I use facebook to help them feel like they are more involved.  I know they don’t want to miss anything.  So I try to share as much as I can with them.  Am I sharing too much though?  Should I put a watermark over pictures that I at least share on my blog?  I am not sure.  This is something that I have been thinking about for a while now.  I am going to look into ways that I can make pictures more “mine” rather than public use.

And then you can go further.  I talk about my lift on my blog.  I most likely talk about some things that others think I shouldn’t share.  I still don’t tell everything though.  What I try to use as my guide is, would I blush if my grandmother read this?  Well, I tell my grandmother a lot.  Let me change that to would I blush if my dad read this?  For some, that might not be much of a filter.  For me it is.  Maybe for some it is what you wouldn’t mind your kids reading.  And I believe that I stick to that.  Now some of what I write might make them blush one day.  But it isn’t going to be a TMI, it will be more a “I can’t believe you shared that poop story!” than a “you and dad did what?” situation.

Some information should be kept just to keep you safe from online predators.  I am still learning.  Chances are I am not as safe as I think I am.  I do share pictures.  I do share names.  I do have a business.  I do have a job.  So I know there is a fair amount of information that would pop up for me with just a name search.  I am not going to go hide under a rock though.  Typing it out does worry me a little.  It is something that I think about though.  I really don’t know if I tell too much.  I like to share online and with my “in real life” friends.

Where do you draw the line?

Comments

  1. I follow the 'would my grandmother go NICOLE!' haha.