Is Privacy a Fallacy?

5 Sep

Talking about privacy in social networks today in class really got me to start considering my online “brand.” Given this predicament I did what came most naturally when searching for online sources, I Googled myself. As excited as I was to see how my social status ranked among others, I was disappointed to find that I wasn’t as special as I had hoped. Although, I think that turned out to be a good thing…

The first result that popped up was Linked in, I was humbled to find out that there are 16 other Shannon Drew’s out there who utilize this resource. As I delved further, I found myself to be the 10th name down (topping 6 others was a minor success… I really need to update that thing). The second result was a Facebook profile (a GREAT success to know it wasn’t me).

This is where it gets creepy. Have you ever visited the site Spokeo? I was more than appalled at the discovery, myself. Long story short, you type in a name and it provides you with all the states that have “said person” living there. You click on the state you reside in, and BOOM there’s your address along with a Google map of your home. Charming, right? I then later found that my privacy can also be sold at a low price of $4.95. What does this price include, you ask? You can get my email address, phone number, family member information, and marital/employment status. I can definitely sleep tight tonight knowing that deviants everywhere can now stalk me at a creeper level status.

After calming my nerves, I continued down on the Google page and stumbled across the person who snatched the @ShannonDrew twitter handle and silently cursed the person in my head (not bitter). After scrolling down the first page I was quite ecstatic to know that I wasn’t included, I wasn’t even on the 4th page (after that my over-zealousness fizzed out and I was done creeping).

As mildly disappointing as it is to find out that I haven’t reached a celebrity status or lived up to my apparently popular name, I’m actually quite pleased. It’s nice to know that I still maintain some form of privacy, for now at least.  I eventually aim to reach a point in my life where I am successful enough to parade my name around like an American flag, but I can hold off for now.

So to answer my fist question, is privacy a fallacy? It’s definitely becoming the case, however, right now I am celebrating the small successes of my privacy. By that I mean my MySpace account didn’t pop up on the first page of Google because I created it under false email and now can’t delete it. Such is life.

These images of my Google search were quite entertaining…



4 Responses to “Is Privacy a Fallacy?”

  1. musby September 6, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    I may have missed class yesterday and kind of glad I did haha. More for your alls sake than mine. I never knew that spokeo existed. I found myself and my whole immediate family with names… I guess it could be considered helpful, but it seems a little too personal like big brother is watching except I have no idea who big brother is…

  2. Morgan Whitney Neal September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Shannon your Google images really had me giggling. I haven’t googled myself yet, I am a little scared to. I too have run into the same issue with my myspace…please don’t go look for it…

  3. Jonathan September 7, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Hey Shannon!!
    I read your blog and it was very good! Keep up the great work and I miss you! That Spokeo website is really creepy!

  4. stooksbonanza September 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I love your blog its so creative and entertaining! I’ve looked myself up on Spokeo before and was pretty horrified to find the list of placed I’ve lived including one address that is on a Navy base. Pretty crazy stuff..

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