Monday, April 19, 2010

Who's watching?

In 1984, R&B artist Rockwell sang these lyrics - "I always feel like, somebody's watching me...".  The song's lyrics relate the narrator's paranoid fear of being followed and watched. (It featured Michael Jackson on the chorus.)
Big Brother is a fictional character in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.  In the society that Orwell describes, everyone is under complete surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens. The people are constantly reminded of this by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you".
Even Santa "sees you when you're sleeping..."
Although these are all original examples of paranoia, is someone always watching you?  The quick answer is "no".  But what are you putting on the internet?  How many people can see what you've been up to?  Although Facebook and other social media sites have been a revolution in the way we connect with people, there are some problems.  It's easy for those you interact with to know when you've been out partying, when you're on one of these sites during work or on a call, what causes you support, and how late you were up playing Farmville.  Even potential employers are "Googling" applicants to get a better picture.
In leadership, particularly, you need to protect your image.  What do your sites say about you?  Are you saying one thing, but "Big Brother" is seeing something else?  You open the door to allow yourself to be watched and judged.
Feeling creeped out?  Look at your personal sites with a critical eye, or have someone else give you feedback.
Who's watching you.. and what are they seeing?

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