Monday, 1 February 2010

Online Privacy

Not so long ago, the worst invasion you could expect of your privacy was a mildly embarrassing photo appearing in the Shetland Times on your birthday, supplemented with a cheeky poem that rhymed “thirty” with “shirty”, “forty” with “dorty” or “nifty” with “fifty”.

The mischievous yet well meaning friends and relatives who submit such salutations make sure nothing too embarrassing or compromising is published; a picture of the birthday boy or girl wearing an amusing hat, or a gap toothed snap of them as a child is the order of the day. And how we laugh as we gently poke fun at the photo-ee when we see them on the street, “Yun wis some pictir o dee in da paper on Friday!”