During my daily commute, I'm listening to the audiobook The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. In this YA novel, a teen and her neighbor discover an odd webpage on her new computer. It's Facebook. The year is 1996, so you can see how strange this would be for them. The teens are able to see the strange world of status updates per each profile page. They not only see the persons they will become, but they tamper with the future by making changes in their current lives.
We tell so much about ourselves on social media. Sometimes the picture we paint is very different from reality. It's difficult to know what is "real" and what isn't.
The characters in the book I mentioned are peeking into the future. But what if we were to look at the past? What would we see?
I found this TedTalk fascinating. Adam Ostrow delivers this 5-minute talk called, "After Your Final Status Update." If you are in a feed reader, you need to know I've embedded the Ted Talk with code. You'll need to visit the actual post on my site to see it. Or you can watch it at http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/1201.
"By the end of this year, there’ll be nearly a billion people on this planet that actively use social networking sites. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they’re going to die.” ~ Adam Ostrow
FYI for iPad users: There is a TedTalks app in the Apps Store.