Privacy is one of the most popular counter arguments to social media. Your location and current activities are indeed very private pieces of information we might not always want to share.
But what about the times you want to conceal just part of it all? For example, here I am in Boston. On one side wanting to engage with everyone and on the other not wanting to reveal I am not in Vancouver. (Don’t get used to it though, I’m probably in Vancouver as you read this.). What to do, what to do…
I fruitlessly tried to beat the system and show only part of what I was doing. I was mostly on vacation but not officially. I would send a couple of tweets here and there, publish a post, or make some kind of noise.
Instead of maintaining my usual momentum, I confused some of my friends, colleagues, and potential customers.
Is it even possible to present just part of the whole picture without giving the impression that…you’re not showing the whole picture? As I’ve written before, I believed it’s not. But now I’m more convinced.
The solution seems to be full on disclosure. Either you are available or not, somewhat accessible is not a good choice while on social media. When Google’s Matt Cutt goes on vacation he writes something like this, and I like it.
This always turns into a long conversation over beers. If you have similar experiences, feel free to share them bellow.