Thursday, November 27, 2008
Boarding flight back to Melbourne now and the captain has announced we're stuck on the Tarmac because of a Brisbane storm that has just arrived. I had a great catch up and coffee with Cameron Reilly of The Podcast Network. Campos is a great little cafe with an intriguing fan made from real banana leaves.
I was reading the GW on Sunday which had an article covering celebrity bloggers. They wrote about bloggers such as Julia Allison and Emily Gould, how they are the "look at me" generation climbing the new media ladder to fame and fortune.
One of the interesting quotes made by Gould, in explaining the good and bad crazy power of internet fame, was "I wanted to take it all back, but to do that I'd have to destroy the entire internet. If only I could. Google, YouTube, Gawker... all gone." What we say online, our actions, our conversations are permanently stored globally. Read by all, judges by all.
Noah Brier led me to a post about ephemeral conversations by Schneier. He discussed the idea of conversations, such as face to face, over the phone, etc. use to be ephemeral... where what we said dissappears at the end.
In the new world, everything we say is digitally recorded.
Digital natives embraces and engage in deep conversations without acknowledging the future consequences. Take Stephanie Rice with her Facebook profile saga. Fairfax journos openly search through Facebook profiles... "a respected source."
Digital migrants, on the other hand, tend to email, post, or comment like an official press release knowing everything could come back to them. Take Telstra's and Malcolm Turnbull's tone on twitter.
Seth Godin also mentioned no matter what we say online, it's guaranteed to be misunderstood by an individual. He writes:
"It's hard to imagine how one could write something that 100% of the recipients will understood as written. If you overwrite to satisfy the last 1%, you're going to bore the rest to tears.
All of which is a way of warning you about [a potential pitfall of] microblogging (Twitter, etc.). If you've got 140 characters to make your point, the odds are you are going to be misunderstood (a lot). There may be nothing wrong with that, but you should be prepared for it to happen. And most of the time, people won't take the time to ask. They'll just assume you're an ignorant jerk and move on."
As a blogger comments, "Privacy, epic fail."