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It doesn't really concern me. I guess I see it different or something.

Here's my view:

Prior to the Facebook/Twitter addition, people were free to link to comments and/or posts on my journal to begin with. Locked posts could be linked as well, but people had to be a friend to see it or people would have to copy/paste the content. I also have very, very few locked posts. The majority of my journal is fic, art and other misc. crap. People could easily paste a link in Twitter to something of mine or a link in Facebook to something of mine and I was none the wiser. Now I can be wiser and with ping back see where people are linking my things like they've probably been doing before.

I'm NOT connecting my Facebook account to LJ since FB is 'real me' and LJ is 'fanfic' me. By not connecting to FB, what's the worse that can happen? Some random person browsing my LJ shares a link on their FB/T page that links all their FB/T friends back to my LJ. Will those people know who real me is via FB? No. Is it any different than people coming to my LJ from Google searches, ficfinder comms, crack_van or any other non-LJ list of favorites and the like? Not that I can tell. The only difference is, they just made it easier to do something that was already possible to do before.

I already track something like ping backs from my fic website that allows me to see if/where people hotlink any of my fanart/pictures on a different site as well as where people come from to view stuff on my site. It's kind of fun to track actually. A while back, I found a small group of people on some random forum praising my fanart and it made me excited. It was like finding a stash of missing positive reviews you didn't know you had.

I guess that's my take on it. *shrugs* Even if it doesn't match everyone else's.

ETA: Since I don't use Twitter even though I have a fanfic me Twitter account, I won't be crossposting there and since I will not connect to FB, I won't be crossposting there. I'm already terrible about updating my DW account and crossposting to here from there...

PS: This evening I will do an update post on the fire with more pictures. My parents are hanging in there and the one cat (Callie) is doing quite well and my parents have taken her to my grandma's house where they are staying for the time being.


Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
This is exactly what I've been thinking. EVERYONE on my flist has been having freakout attacks and I've been thinking- so what if someone follows a link back to your LJ? 99% of the time Even though I've 'known' them for years even I don't know their real name and any 'real' info I found out about them was from locked posts that no one following the link could see.

I've NEVER mentioned my real name or anything like that on LJ and while I have 2 twitter accounts neither are known by anyone who knows me in RL. I do have a facebook that I almost never use (it's to keep an eye on my daughter's account mostly) but the likelihood that anyone I know puts together that FB page with donutsweeper is 1 million to one.

Glad to hear your parents and the kitty are doing okay!!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll post a pic of the kitty that was taken two days after the fire tonight. My mom said she's not even coughing anymore.

And I'm glad there are a few others out there not freaking out over this. I was trying figure out if I was missing something that should make me freak out and coming up short.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I honestly think people are freaking out because they haven't thought it through- it doesn't occur to them that people who see comments or follow links back to LJ AREN'T going to be able to figure out anything about them. For the people who have their contact info on their profile I guess it makes sense, but for everyone else it just doesn't.

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