Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Personal connectivity

One of the great things about the Internet -- specifically discussion boards like Yahoo! Groups, IM'ing, e-mailing, chatting, etc. -- is the personal connectivity. One-on-one expressions.

Even sites like Amazon personalize your visits by making suggestions for purchases based on what you previously bought.

I've always thought that the one great thing about one-on-one 'net communication is that you can be totally honest. Why not? Most likely, you won't ever meet the person or group you are connecting with. What do you have to lose?

But, the flip side is that people can be totally fake. Who's gonna know, right?
Another flip side (yes, I've just made a three-sided coin) is that people type things they would never say to someone face-to-face.

While the various vehicles noted above provide great avenues for personal connectivity, they also provide a barrier for people to hide behind: their keyboard.

It's a shame that better judgement and even common courtesy is not always practiced in that personal connectivity, whether personal or professional.
-- Michael

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