blogs and information privacy

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Back in September, Seth Godin wrote about the idea of "NYFB" or "Not For Your Blog". The premise is simple - in an era where information can literally be on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds, it's important to distinguish what information is confidential and what people are allowed to share. You can read Seth's thoughts on the matter here.

Author Tim Ferriss has a method of letting people know if they are free to blog information shared in an email by adding a simple line in his signature. I've adapted this method and mine looks like this:

This email is: { }blogable {x}ask first { }private

I have it set to default to Ask First. If needed, I manually change which box applies.

This is an easy way to solve potential issues before they arise. If someone blogs something you shared that you would rather remain private, the blog is still viewable in Google Reader long after the post has been deleted. Give people the benefit of clear communication on the level of privacy of the information you share.

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