We’re at a really amazing point in human communication, and while digital technologies are being used in some trivial and/or mercenary ways, they’re also connecting us in fascinating, unexpected ones.
There’s a lot of unexplored territory here, and very often, you’ll find that people you know are communicating in unfamiliar ways, sharing things that haven’t been shared before.
Sometimes those will be mistakes. And sometimes they’ll be amazing innovations that lead to new possibilities. And most of the time, they’ll be somewhere in between.
For all of us, the trick will be not to confuse unfamiliarity with danger. We should certainly explore the ramifications of what we’re doing. But take a good long look before you dismiss that strange thing your friend is up to on Facebook or your sister is doing on her blog as creepy, stupid or wrong.
Apart from the risks of judging lest ye not be judged, there’s the simple fact that it might not be too long before you’re doing it, too.