Why do people behave differently on the web than in public? A friend taught me that a man’s integrity is tested when he is alone. That said, the solitude of the web does produce some odd behaviour. My mom told us, ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything’, a good mom axiom. At times, the web asks us to be more specific, more direct. But, at what cost? There is weight behind the words, especially with those of us trying to be objective in reviews, build our brand, or increase our electronic imprint. Some, leave the responsibility at home. I’ve learned a lot from the web, and learned what not to do. This, after some early faux pas. Of course, there is still so much to learn.
Copyright! Another pet peeve. Chris Brogan, Leo Laporte and others taught me about Creative Commons and the benefits of sharing the wealth. But copying great swaths of one’s work with neither a here or there, still peeves me. I cast an all encompassing Google net once in awhile. Finding too many examples still bugs me. Just ask. Ask!
Yes, we are still in the Wild West. Council to my young guns on my BMW website reminds them that libel is still actionable, even in cyberspace. They are learning. Slowly. Begrudgingly.
Twitter, thank God, is still 140 characters polite. Other than a couple of infamous meltdowns, it is still generally a feel good place. A learning and learned environment. Facebook? Well, that’s for another blog post.