A list of New #Social Rules for Living in a #Digital Age #digitalfootprint #socialmedia


New Social Rules for Living in a Digital Age

If we think about current digital services, such as social media, as a game e.g If Twitter is about getting the best quip of the day or providing some useful info, Linkedin is about proving "my network is bigger than yours", and Facebook is about sharing that "I have a more interesting life than you";  then there must be some new rules for these new games, but what are they?

Before the new rules it is, I believe, worth confirming and stating that all of the old rules are still valid, relevant and have not been washed away by this new digital age.  A few examples of old rules that are timeless would include:-

1.      Don't gossip, make things up, slander, steal, pinch or lie

2.      Have evidence and be professional, factual, accurate, honest, and transparent

3.      Engage and treat others how you want to be treated yourself

4.      Opinions are personal, be gracious, open, respectful and accepting of differences

Whilst all the old rules of social engagement and games exist, regulation does need some "modernising" as democracy, understanding and technology have advanced significantly since they were written.  Examples of rules and regulation that would appreciate some new impetus would include: Privacy, Identity, Liberty, Harm, Consequences, Ownership, Access and Rights.

Realities for living and surviving in a digital age

Here are my rather eclectic suggestions of New Rules that I have heard, picked up or created.  I am hoping that others will add and refine this list.

1.            Change your password to Facebook, Twitter and bank accounts etc before you change your boy/girl friend/ partner.

2.            Don't sack/release/ make redundant the person, and then be held hostage, by the person who has the login/password for your corporate fan page, group, twitter account until many people have control/access.

3.            Have several persona's, this is not a sign of madness and you don't need to justify then to anyone.

4.            Hide your friends identities by using personal nick-names on your mobile, just in case a friend borrows it to text that person with some inappropriate message that may haunt you forever.

5.            No adult supervision will not lead to anarchy. The youth want to be somewhere (in a digital world) where they are in control.

6.            Provide someone (you trust) with the knowledge how to access your accounts/ data after you die and what you want done with your data/ digital footprint. Be aware - it will go against every term and condition you have signed if you do this .

7.            Your password is the weakest point in your armour.

8.            Reputation is all you have and your name is a good identity - so don't abuse or loose either.

9.            Make sure you realise that your digital footprint is worth more than your salary.

10.       Everything you do can be recorded (stored) as sensors will be in all digital devices soon - ask yourself why and what use will the data be and to whom!

11.       Create a lot of rubbish data and cause confusion if you want to hide in plain sight.  It is easy to find and hard to hide in a digital world if everyone is honest.

12.       Digital Footprints describe how others see you in a digital context.  These views are made up from what you say about yourself (in you control), what others say about you (out of your control) and what your digital devices say about your life (hidden data)

13.       Determine what the terms "family" and "friends" mean to you before you accept others into your network(s).

14.       Un-friending is acceptable; being un-friended is a reality.

15.       Learn the social (digital and physical) rules that apply to your group today but be aware they will be different tomorrow.

16.       Privacy - It's all in the settings.

17.       Digital has one speed - fast, there is plenty of fuel and no brake pedal.

18.       Internet writing is in Ink, once out there - it is out there, there is no rubber (yet).

19.       Loyalty (to a service) is dead - you are free to your own boundaries.

20.       Open means you don't want to hide and transparent means "it can be found" - but most people will not bother.

21.       Branding is now personal and it is the new black.

22.       Trust is the new king’s advisor – content still wears the trousers.

23.       Free is not free - Engagement, Relationship and Conversation have a price.

24.       FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) are easier to sell.

25.       Money in a digital world has less 'personal' value than real money and is closer to swopping chickens for potato's.  Unlike cash, others are more prepared to cheat, lie, swindle and steal your digital money as it appears "virtual" and less actual. 

26.       Don't set up any direct debits or subscription for anything.

27.       Don't let individuals buy web domains or set up accounts just to avoid the long corporate procedures and PO cycles.

28.       Interaction with the “screens of life” is the ultimate digital game being played. It is to get "content" from the dark bowels of a data warehouse onto your brightly lit screen.

29.       Control is not in your hands.

30.       Levels of damage and harm from digital engagement is currently lower that you may think.