Posted By Hayley Mason
With today’s constantly evolving social networking sites and tools, the public can get news and information faster than ever before. When writing a paper, a student can find almost anything on the Internet. However with all this new access to information, comes access to people’s daily activities and personal lives.
Logging unto Facebook, I can find out where a person is from, what activities they’re involved in, and who their friends and family are. Foursquare informs me of every destination my friends have been to throughout the day. The list could go on and on, but recently I discovered a new phenomenon that takes this Internet “creeping” to a new level.
Mashable recently featured a story on four people who let their Internet followers take control of their lives, at least in some aspects. One man, David Perez, announced via Twitter that for six days he would do whatever his followers requested. Perez then posted a series of videos of his challenges on YouTube, titling the series David on Demand. Twenty-year-old Dan Brown has been video blogging his life on YouTube every day since this summer (Dan 3.0). Brian Moore, 23, has launched a similar video blog, Dating Brian agreeing to date 30 girls in 30 days, chosen by his Twitter and Facebook followers. Finally, Mashable reviewed ControlTV, a Truman Show-esque series of three-minute “webisodes” following the life of Tristan. (Last name unknown)
The fact that the average internet user could find out so much about my life just by using social networking sites has always somewhat frightened me, but learning that these four people would completely leave their lives in the hands of social networking simply led me to wonder, “What were they thinking?”.
Is it any surprise that all four people were from a certain age group and generation? Do we make ourselves such a large Internet presence because “fame” is so easy to come by today and we’re seeking that? As social networking continues to evolve, how will we keep some things private? Would you ever do what these four people did?