Wednesday, April 14, 2010

to blog or not to blog...

Ever post a funny pic of a friend without them knowing it? Or complain about or boss or colleague on our blog or networking site? Better think twice about things you post.

I've been a netizen for almost 20 years... BBSes were the "in" thing, and 2.4kbps was the norm (now, mobile phones give you 1000x that speed). Growing up "online" teaches you certain rules and protocols on how to behave.

In recent years, blogging has become more accessible to the general public. Now, you don't even need to know HTML to blog. As long as you can spell (sometimes not even...hehehe)... you can blog.

But, as Peter Parker's uncle said, "with great power comes great responsibility". Blogs, and any written work online is considered print media, and public. Thus, is governed by the same laws as newspapers, magazines, billboards, and the like.

Bloggers have to understand that what they blog about, no matter how unpopular or unread your blog is, counts as a broadcast medium.

Suddenly, your entry about your boss is legal grounds for termination... or the cause of friends suing each other over an incriminating photo posted without the other person's consent.

Observe proper conduct, and decent behavior online.

Here's a story in yesterday's Inquirer: Be careful when posting photos on Facebook

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