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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…


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