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Open Season: you have been warned

The Internet has no walls. 

It pays to remember that. While I am meticulously careful to not talk about clients on-line or in articles/posts without their permission, there is a whole different set of rules when reading through the Internet’s public domain. 

Therefore, I am serving notice: If you write something publicly, whether in a blog, in a comment in a blog, in a comment to a newspaper or magazine article, in a comment to someone’s post… my spring boarding off of it is fair game. IF YOU DO NOT WANT ME OR ANYONE ELSE TO WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WORDS, MAKE YOUR BLOG PRIVATE OR DON'T WRITE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE

If you are in Facebook with me, I might just use the context of what you are saying, without using your name, when I write something to be seen publicly. I will not quote or reveal discussions in private chats, Skype sessions (without okay) or in private emails. If you have friends that comment to something said in Facebook, their context is also fair game. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS, UNFRIEND ME NOW

Note to public figures (and you know who you are): You and your words, wherever they are, are fair game. I grudgingly agreed to ignore one very important comment made in Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I WILL NOT DO SO AGAIN. If your words come over my Newsfeed, you and your words may very well be written about. If I find them randomly over the Internet, they are also fair game. 

Netiquette continues evolving and I do try to keep up on the legalities and ethics of writing on the Internet. There seems to be confusion lately about a writer’s boundaries, some thinking it should be here and others agreeing it can be way over there. I am laying out my boundaries so there is no longer any confusion when it comes to my writing. 

Remember, the Internet has no walls.

Reader Comments (7)

It's interesting when a person gets upset about their words being quoted... after all, by posting them on the internet they have pretty much guaranteed that it will be available to everyone, everywhere, for a pretty much unlimited amount of time (forever?).

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura G

I fucking love you!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I fucking love you too! And you can quote me!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Camomile

gotta love a woman who keeps it real

thanks for the transparency and authenticity

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFree

I found you from myobsaidwhat, and I LOVE you too! I am going to try to read all of your articles, and I am definately using your birth plan when I go talk to my homebirth friendly OB (we might not be able to afford the homebirth :( ) just in case I have to deliver at the hospital. Thank you for this blog!

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

Thank you, Brittney! Enjoy.

August 10, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Laura hit the nail on the head. If you want your thoughts/opinions/random comments to be private, why publish for the world to see? Think before you click, or at least change your privacy settings. That's the wonder and the danger of the net. You rock, Barb, and at least I would be flattered if you ever found me quote worthy!

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather S

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