I’m sure most folks have figured out by now that with the internet our lives have become an open book. Need to get information on someone?… Google them and their life is public knowledge. It doesn’t matter where you are. You could be living in some tiny town with a population of 500 and if you made the news, you can be googled as quickly as the guy in Miami or New York. Good or bad…Our lives are out there for the whole world to see.

Used to be, we had to pick up a copy of Star magazine or National Enquire to get the scoop on the celebrities. Now we can hop on line and get a daily dose of gossip and see things we may not want to see. There’s a fascination in this country with seeing celebrities without their painted faces or catching them with their belly fat hanging out as they lounge by the pool. Or better yet, stealing a kiss from an unidentified person behind a palm tree.

In a previous column, I wrote about finding a missing friend through Facebook. This is one of the things I love about the internet, along with the wealth of information on every subject imaginable. I am happy to have this available in my lifetime.

What I worry about is…Years from now, what about the things that are pulled up online that should be long forgotten? I often wonder if people think about this when they post information (and pictures) on sites that ten years from now may come back to haunt them.

Once it’s out there in cyberland, it’s there forever.

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