is a writer and editor
in san francisco
I wrote a new essay for Death and Taxes, that’s sort of about New Flickr and the permeability of data:
"What’s interesting to me is how a policy change based on the whims of a company that was bought out by another, larger company that is desperate to restructure itself to appeal to a board of directors and/or fickle tech consumers, can suddenly reveal one’s previously private data to the world. Which requires the user (if they happen to notice the change) to go and delete or hide all of that stuff, or risk harming their Personal Brand.
It’s a small inconvenience, but as far as I can tell, a new one. I’m not sure there’s a neologism for it yet. (Info-pyrognostics? Profile-landscaping? Social-grooming?) I imagine this kind of hassle will only become more prominent as we only add more of ourselves to the digital trash heap.”
Read more here.