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Oversharers is a brand new web site started in January 2009 that has been silently collecting a large collection of people who share way too much on line. Given that the real time web is like watching a really bad episode of the Jerry Springer show, Oversharers is a laugh a minute comedy ride presenting information that people just should not have shared.
Oversharers and Tweeting Too Hard are two different web sites but both will leave you laughing for hours because it is hard to believe that people will share what they share online, or that they can be so amazingly self centered. While we can laugh at this the same way we laugh at the Jerry Springer show, there are a couple of important things to know about.
1. Tweeting too Hard and Oversharers while funny also show that people just do not understand that people will find what they say amusing, but that some things are better left unsaid. Sharing too much or being too self centered is an issue with the real time, or any time web.
2. It is stunningly amazing what people will put on the internet without thinking about the bigger ramifications of what they are saying. People will Google you, if they see that you are talking about your period, drug use, or sound too vain, it will be harder to get a job in the future.
While we can talk about being safe on the internet, the advent of sites like tweeting too hard and Oversharers really point to a bigger issue, people are not getting the idea that what they post on line is forever, and that potential mates, employers, and others are going to find this stuff, read it, and make a value call. In the longer run these issues will only grow more apparent and more pervasive if not more dangerous to those who are involved. We can talk about it, we can try to address the issues, but in the longer run, it is going to be the people who are over sharing now that need to stop and think for a moment. What is the longer term damage that they are going to do to their reputations and livelihood, then work out a way to undo the damage that they have done to themselves.
(Cross-posted at TechWag)