Happy New Year! Make any resolutions? One of mine is to streamline participation on certain types of social media. In 2012, I don’t want to feel like I’m doing data entry when I’m trying out a new app; I want social sharing to be fun and open-ended.
I caught this link on The Verge yesterday and took less than two minutes revoking permissions across my preferred social media platforms. Found services that I maybe used once in 2008 still had access to my info! Crazy, right?
Part of not feeling like a data mule is knowing what you’re sharing and with whom. Folks often think that cutting back on joining new services is what matters, but think about all the services you grant access to your Twitter, Facebook and Google accounts. Go look and see for yourself. It’s a little scary.
Now, I love new toys as much as the next guy, but it’s important to be mindful of those permissions. I have no idea how many user agreements I’ve signed online, but I’m sure it’s too many. Stay on top of those items and you’ll do well to lead a cleaner life online in 2012.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to deleting notification emails…