Your digital loaf can lead to identity theft

There's a lot to be said for aggregating all the information you seed across your many online apps: Flickr, twitter, IM, del.icio.us, Facebook, your personal blog, and your work blog. Your family finds it much easier to keep up with your life. All those momentary details - like favourite coffee shop, new girlfriend, apartment changes, travel schedule - can be shared with family, friends and colleagues. People who want the "brand you" experience can refer to one handy url.

Trouble is, so can the less desirable. And I'm not just talking about Russian hackers who use that information to clone your credit card and buy Israeli diamonds and ship them to their cousin in Boca.

I'm talking about the mildly unstable.

Maybe an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. Or that guy that no-one talked to in high school. Or an old neighbour who still thinks you killed her cat.

I think everyone has had that one moment - the moment where they regret being so open and transparent on the web. Maybe it was after the fifth unsolicited pitch of the morning. Or when some blogger inferred intellectual weakness and emotional immaturity based on something they wrote while on the can. Or when an old, old girlfriend "friended" them on Facebook.

I'm sure that, in some form, we all try to keep track of the personal and professional information we have made public while participating in our many social networks, 2.0 widgets and transitory communications like twitter.

At some point, all those digital breadcrumbs can be aggregated into a loaf of information. At what point to you pinch off access to that loaf?

[tags] lifestreams, tumblr, digital breadcrumbs, digital loaf [/tags]

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