In 2010 when Facebook released it’s “check-in” feature, I checked-out. I didn’t check out of Facebook, but I did check out of the location feature. I remember clearly sitting at a lunch with a large group of friends and one of them took a picture, checked into the restaurant and started tagging all of us. I didn’t mind her posting the image, but I stopped her before she tagged me.
Why? I simply don’t want everyone to know where I am at all times. I also don’t post images from family vacations while we are away. I don’t talk about upcoming events where the whole family will be gone at the same time. It’s a safety issue for myself and my family.
This summer I led a breakout session at an annual conference and we talked about protecting online privacy and storytelling for some fantastic adoption and foster agencies. We’re reading news projecting the death of text-only statuses on Facebook in the next three years, which mean images and videos are only going to become more important.