For anyone connected to me through social media, a few notes…
My Facebook account has been deactivated. Before I did that, I cleaned out all of my connections. I de-friended everyone, un-liked everything, and emptied my profile settings. The idea was to end whatever data mining Facebook was doing with my personal information. The cat might be out of the bag as far as that goes, but at least I’ve done my best to hide from Zuckerberg’s all-seeing eye.
My Klout account has been deleted and disconnected from various other accounts. Klout was fun, but I don’t want to offer them that much insight into my SoMe presence by cross-connecting all of the accounts I might post something under. It started to give me the willies.
I had accounts with Yahoo! and Windows Live that were probably over a decade old, only I haven’t used them for a long time. They’re deleted. Seems like keeping them around could only be a bad thing.
There’s more stuff I deleted, not that all the details matter. I also pulled down some of the more personal information about myself on my remaining accounts, such as replacing my employment history on LinkedIn with a generic entry that summarizes a whole bunch of working years. If folks want my resume, I can provide that on a case-by-case basis, but I don’t think at this point in my career that I really need to have everything I’ve ever done out there.
Privacy is a big deal, and the Internet can take that away, especially when you help. I’ve had it happen to me before through oversharing. When you’re active in SoMe, you give up a little bit of your soul by being so public. That’s just the way of it. I’m just trying to get a little bit of my introverted soul back.
Twitter, G+, and LinkedIn are still useful as I can interact with techies who know me through the Packet Pushers podcast or blogging. So, I still have those accounts, but like I said, I have curtailed what’s shared in my profiles on those sites.