A Corollary to Internet Rule #1

I recently posted up the first two of my Internet Rules. In short, they are:

#1: If you post it, others will see it, whether you intend it or not.

#2: Anything posted to the Internet is there forever.

The point of #1 is that nothing on the internet is a secret.  This goes double for anything posted to any social media site whatsoever. A post on Time’s Techland blog makes this exact same point.  Social media companies comply with authorities often.  By often, I mean over 90% of the time.  If you post something to Facebook, it can be used in court against you.

At the same time, it is well known that Facebook (and other social media) play a large part in divorce. No matter how strong Facebook makes its security, it is relatively easy for your spouse to simply look around the one time you forget to log out.

The general rule for the internet is that anything posted to any part of the internet can be considered something said in the public square.  Therefore, the corollary to Rule #1 is simply: If you are keeping something a secret from anyone (a spouse, a parent, or authorities), do not post it anywhere on the internet. Even if you think you are being sneaky and anonymous, you really aren’t.  (Another post will come soon enough about the illusion of anonymity on the internet.)

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