This morning TechCrunch exploded with comments about Skype’s Chief Development Officer that has left over some “fiasco“. And the comments? Filled.
I personally don’t know him and want to point out straight away that I don’t know the story personally, I don’t know the guy, and I’m not using the word “shmuck” in my title to refer to him – I just really like the word.
But it got me thinking because I just had a conversation this afternoon with someone that I initially “met” online and have been talking with for months now before finally meeting in person. Granted we were already telling each other we were twins split at birth and put on different continents, but he told me that I am in real life like I am online. OK so now you have to meet me in real life if you want to find out, but it just shows the power of information on the web.
If you’re a shmuck – and maybe even if you’re not – your reputation is going to catch up with you thanks to the Internet.
Facts aren’t always checked. Backgrounds aren’t always checked. Facts aren’t always verified. But the speed at which a rumor can spread is why there is a debate – I think – over journalists vs. bloggers.
They both want to do it fast. They both want to do it well. But sometimes one or the other doesn’t always hit it right on the head.
Prime example : the whiteboard girl hopa hoax . She lit up the Internet until a journalist from a “brief investigation by Los Angeles Times” cleared things up.
And now I’m getting totally off on a tandem because I ACTUALLY wanted to say that with all this talk over net neutrality and wikileaks, I’ve been wondering how the Internet (and the web – thanks to Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff – I wasn’t aware they’re different :° ) is going to be changing – for the better or for worse – and affecting people online and offline.
The web is a place where some of us spend most of our days, while others hardly dabble, yet who you are is going to be affected.
I can understand if you’re a crazy person that only cares about your career and climbing the ladder. The web might not be the best for you. Sorry.
If you pretend to be someone else, be it online or in front of other people, it’s going to be found out. The web is a place designed for openness and sharing, although there will always be trolls and spammers that make life more frustrating and interesting.
Nevertheless, social media is like the tide that went out. Anyone left without a swimsuit beware.
Post-script : I just found out what the word shmuck originally used to refer to. Cute.
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