US Customs and Border Patrol agents can detain American citizens for hours and seize laptops and phones without evidence or suspicion of wrongdoing. This has happened to a number of journalists, and press advocates worry that the frequency of these incidents is increasing.
“I think my reaction the first time I saw this was “ouch!” But I gave it a lot of thought. I considered that the message here was that I should do a better job of sharing all kinds of things I find interesting on the Internet, not just stuff that relates to me. Slowly, I’ve started changing my behavior. The result, so far, has been that while I still see the “But enough about me” insights, they tend to look more like the one above. Note that phrase that I highlighted. Even though I doubt this will ever be down to zero–after all, I use social media to keep in touch with friends and colleagues, as well as spread the word about my posts–I think I’m doing a better job at making my tweets less self-centered1. And I have ThinkUp to thank for this.”—
We’re thinking deeply about the implications of features like this in ThinkUp. We want to encourage people to do the thing they’ll be most proud of, or most satisfied by, but we also never want to make people feel bad. Mentioning yourself isn’t a bad thing! It’s just something to be mindful of, and we’ll be spending a lot of time trying to adjust the balance of how we explain such insights to the ThinkUp community.