Online: Not always open and forever
Posted December 27, 2016on:
We need to question the belief that once you put something online, it is there forever and for all to see. This is not true all the time.
You can blog or tweet or upload a video on YouTube. But no one might view it, much less respond to it.
You might maintain public wishlists, video playlists, or audio shares that no one sees, watches, or listens to.
Dropbox recently changed its public folder policy. HTML pages will no longer be sharable so you cannot run a low-traffic website out of Dropbox.
As of October 3, 2016, you can no longer use shared links to render HTML content in a web browser. If you created a website that directly displays HTML content from your Dropbox, it will no longer render in the browser.
Just because something is online does not immediately make it visible, sharable, or valuable.
But post a naughty photo or say something stupid, and potential employers and the authorities might shut doors on you.
So it is not enough to say “be careful online” or “do not put things online”. These generic rules, even if illustrated with cases, are not meaningful. Only what connects with each owner and creator of the content as well as their intended and unintended audiences are meaningful.