What you say in the cloud… STAYS IN THE CLOUD!

Bird Tweeting on iPad into The Cloud - ©Depositphotos/arrow123

Once you write something on the internet, anywhere on the internet, it is there for life. By this same logic, every picture, every tweet, every Facebook status update, even so far as every email we write can be considered stored in the great big void that is the internet, forever.

Many of you will know I am a big fan of social media, I use it all the time and it is entirely probable that a large portion of you met me through an avenue such as Twitter. One thing that I see so often these days, is people (and especially young people) being very careless with what they say on social media.

The pictures you see of people that suddenly go viral, the stories of people who have been fired because they vented about their boss or company on Facebook, not to mention the celebrity who posted something slightly controversial that is now in deep water. All of these things are stories that we are becoming all too familiar with.

I personally am very careful and choose what I post very specifically. Even things like retweets on Twitter, I have to stop and think, “OK that was rather funny but how could retweeting that portray me”. All these bits and bytes of data that we put up about ourselves on the internet, day in and day out, all lead to an online “persona” that can, and often does come back to bite people in the posterior when they least expect it.

With the advent of social media, cameras in smartphones, the ability for friends to tag you in photos that you never really wanted to be taken and a plethora of other factors mean that data about us is being captured at a faster rate than ever before. Something a lot of people do not think about is the consequences of putting information up about themselves that might not portray them in the best of light until it is too late.

So how do you handle your online life and youronline persona? Do you carefully monitor what you put up, say, tweet, and do online? Have you ever said or done something online that *has* come back to bite you in the bum? Let me know your thoughts below!

Look forward to hearing others thoughts.


Addition: As though by pure luck there is just one such case on Sydney Morning Herald today regarding a Vodafone Staff Member.

Companies using Twitter that are doing it RIGHT!

After drafting up a post for my personal blog entitled “Twitter and the changing ways we communicate” I realised that it was time that I did a little bit of a shout out and praise some of the companies I have interacted with that really are getting things 100% right in the way they interact with the consumer via Twitter. I kind of realised that this is a plug for their services as well but I guess that can’t really be avoided, I use their services and am stoked with them all so you can take comfort in that.

So read below about the five companies and one individual that really are doing things right and one company that I am going to shame by doing things WRONG!

@RescueTimeRescueTime is a service that I have only been using for less than a month (for productivity tracking if you aren’t using it you should be but will do a post on that another time) however their Twitter customer service has been exemplary so far, quick to respond and always friendly I really can’t complain.

@CrashPlan – I use CrashPlan Plus for backups of all my data into the cloud and highly recommend them, the times that I have Tweeted them with feedback or requesting assistance they have always got back to me with help or thanks so good on them.

@LogMeInLogMeIn provides free and/or paid remote access to your computers from anywhere in the world (I just use the freebie). I have only ever Tweeted these guys once but they took my feedback on board and got back to me so I am happy to say that these guys also get a shiny gold star (especially for a free service).

@CloudFlare – For the last few months I have been using CloudFlare to speed up my blogs, they do a reverse proxy mix with a content delivery network (CDN), great service and VERY responsive on Twitter, I had an issue and they were on to it and helping out in record time.

@1Password – Honestly can’t remember why I had to tweet these guys but what I do remember is they were so exceptional I tweeted a massive thanks to them for their assistance and support. If you need password management software I highly recommend 1Password too.

@GilesHardie – Giles is actually a reporter/editor with the Sydney Morning Herald, after recently reading one of his articles about Masterchef and almost literally pissing myself laughing I had to shout out and say thanks for the laugh. Little did I know that Giles read my tweet and replied back to me a couple of times. It was certainly refreshing for the little guy to get to talk directly to the author of an article.

Finally I have to give three thumbs down to @Evernote on twitter – I love Evernote’s services please don’t get me wrong and I would be lost without them and in fact give their services a three thumbs UP. As a paying customer I expect however if you have a twitter account AND you promote it, if I message you saying I can’t renew my services and would like to let them know that they are giving me free premium services that I might in fact get a response. I have tweeted @Evernote on several occasions and never heard a boo back from them.

If you aren’t already following me on twitter shout out to me right now on @StuartCRyan I always welcome feedback about what I write or even just a friendly hello.



Please note that some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links. I use the services I might as well get a little kudos for promoting them #JustBeingHonest