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I am not a redacted…and other famous redacted words

Nixon unredacted copy 2I’m taking time out here for a quick lesson in social media. There will be more to come but I thought I’d share with you my most recent reminder about just how much privacy there really is once you hang yourself out on the interweebs. 


noun, ( usually used with a plural verb) Digital Technology

1.  websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts.

Back up the bus.

I walked into what I thought was going to be an informal chat about the upcoming redacted season at the local redacted and my role as a redacted inst…maybe I’ll just not finish that so it doesn’t have to be redacted  too…

ship's telegraph copySo, imagine my surprise at being asked why I was saying negative things about place on social media. Cue the sound of a ship’s telegraph ringing full stop. CA-CHING CA-CHING After a few minutes of trying to find out what it was I’d said and on which of the  platforms I said it, I learned some folk have different definitions of what social media is.

The details are not important. The essential point is that at any given time anything written on any one of the many splendid things that make up Social Media can come back to bite you in the redacted.

We all know that.

I am scrupulous about what I say on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even these bloggy things regarding places I work and/or play.  Seriously.  It isn’t arrogance or the firm belief millions of folk hang upon my every word. I know the stats (Hi Joyce) about who reads anything I write. (Hi Mark— what do you want for supper?)

It’s not the people you know and who know you (How’s your day going, Rob?) that you need to worry about. Nope, its because, no matter how tightlyBusterKeatonKBF1956 copy you lock it down, everything online is public. For emphasis let’s repeat that: everything online is public. 

Facebook has security upon security features. I have a filter on my Twitter account so I  approve any follower requests. But redacted happens and, knowing that, I make an effort to avoid putting information out there I wouldn’t want an eavesdropper to pick up.

In this case the medium in question was an email, not something I put in the category of social media. This email sent was sent some time ago to me as president of the widows and orphans league. I replied directly to the sender indicating I wasn’t really president of that league anymore but, while you’re asking, here’s my take on the subject. Yes, I checked to make sure I hadn’t selected ‘reply all’.  Unfortunately, I also cc’d it to the current  president of said league and she decided to circulate it to a few more folk. Who cc’d it to a few more and we have a shampoo commercial and, arguably, something closer to (but still not really) social media.

bridge demolitionWas my reply in a negative tone? Nope. Did I say snarky stuff about the redacted redacted redacted or about anyone associated with redacted redacted redacted? Not in the least. Did I make an offhand joke about priorities and bureaucracy? Maybe. But just a little one without any reference, even implied, to anyone in particular.

Turns out there are people who read every single item in a 4 page monster reply thread email. And one of them was having a very bad day. Guess who was the cat on the step.

I love being a redacted redacted… at redacted redacted. And I would never say anything on said social media accounts that could be interpreted as derogatory or dismissive about it or any of the people therein contained.

In future I will be equally circumspect in my correspondence too.buster keaton steamboat window copy 2

And so, dear reader, the lesson for today is once you hit ‘send’ even dem emailz got sharp little teeth too.

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