I challenge people every day to think of one moment when they are potentially completely unobserved, or have total privacy. With the government access to the data online via sites like Facebook, and the proliferation of facial recognition cameras going up all over the place, what really is privacy? What then would truly constitute your control of your own digital footprint?
The question of control, or curation, of content in the digital spaces relating to you is one that is beginning to pick up momentum, it is something that I have been watching, monitoring and considering throughout my tenure in the world of new media, or digital media, whichever term you prefer to use.
The concept of digital identity is being refined as the medium grows and expands. The idea used to mean just your username and basic data or information. The evolution has taken much further, it now refers to your legacy and your “footprint” that will endure long after your physical body has decayed.
How many people are truly considering the “eternity factor”, or the impact and reverberation of the actions, comments, posts and pictures they put onto the various platforms we all regularly engage in?
We look at what children put online, I remind young people regularly when I speak to groups that you should try to think “What will my 30 year old self think of me doing this at this time?” The concept is extremely difficult for most young people to grasp, but for most adults it is quite easy to understand. I notice the adults in the room all nodding.
In our day and age it was much easier to eliminate photographic evidence, burn a negative, destroy the photographic and it ceased to exist. Now that isn’t quite possible, or even impossible. Even when you delete things from accounts they still remain in existence on the servers at the websites or their hosts. Nothing ever will truly die or go away. The data lives on forever.
A hard drive which has been reformatted can be forensically recovered up to 7 reformats deep. That is a staggering consideration for most people. You think that when you “untag” an image of yourself that it won’t be found, but with the aforementioned facial recognition capabilities you could be tagged again, and again. Is there any way to protect or escape the compilation of random data that will eventually constitute your digital legacy?
There is. By creating the content. By telling the story your own way, on your own terms, and with your own images, video or documents. Keeping the content fresh by aggregating the various networks into a single feed, thereby creating the freshest and most frequently updated content out there, all in your own name. You can do all this on the Follr platform. Whether it is Follr personal or business, the possibilities are endless, the probability isn’t… by controlling the content via your personal Follr.me account you will create and control your own digital legacy, even be able to bury those “Red Cup” photos you don’t want to resurface.
Until you can truly delete anything, you can control everything with Follr.
What’s your story? Mine is available at follr.me/maya