Erase me…wait, don’t erase me! (Pew Internet)

As my colleague Susannah Fox writes in her latest article for the website, “many Americans are jumping into the participatory Web without considering all the implications.” Over the past few weeks, the blogosphere, the Facebooksphere and the news media have highlighted a particularly interesting set of consequences connected to the persistent presence many of us enjoy online.

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However, when we dig deeper into the data, those who maintain profiles online at social networking sites display a much higher tendency to have unfavorable information emerge. One in ten (12%) social network users have had a bad experience because of embarrassing or inaccurate info, compared with just 2% of those who don’t manage online profiles.

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