At some point in the next 3 weeks, I’m set to become a father for the very first time. It’s an exciting holiday season around the house because, on account of having twins, they could really arrive at any time between now and… well, later.

I’ve done some consulting on social media and assisted organizations in writing social media policies over the years, but I feel like I’m in totally uncharted territory as far as babies and social media: My kids aren’t old enough to consent to sharing of photos and personal information online, but one day they will be.

I’ve no idea what’ll happen with Facebook since the long-term looks tough with fewer young people signing up, but I’m a little nervous about posting details about my kids that I maybe don’t want to be posted in 1, 5, 15 years. For example, a lot of parent will post photos of their babies with:

  • Full names;
  • Birth dates;
  • Locations.

In addition, a lot of parents seem to stick to their original last names or middle names, at least on Facebook, so anyone looking for details for identity theft are pretty much set to go. If I’ve posted my address at some point, someone, people are set to go!

Perhaps more seriously, with a well-documented history of my kids online, am I baiting them for predators? I’m not likely to be one of those parents that won’t let the kids play in the park on account of stranger-fear, but depending on what I’ve shared online, a stranger might be able to come up to little Lucy and say “Lucy, your dad, Dave, said it’s okay to come with me. He’s a little longer shopping at Safeway than he planned so he asked me to make sure you’re safe. He’ll be home soon, but we can stop and pick up a gift for your mom’s birthday and bring her some ice cream.”

My moment-to-moment posts are likely all going to be fine – it’ll be the story that someone can put together by looking at a series of posts. On Twitter, I used to try to make ten “good” tweets for every “stupid” tweet I put up to demonstrate some competency and bury the things I didn’t want people to see. These days, my posts-per-day (or month on Twitter), are way down so my stories are easier to review.

I’ve toyed with shutting it all down or locking down my Facebook, but that seems a bit extreme. I’m wondering if anyone else has struggled with this or found a way to make it work…


Photo by Eric J, used under creative commons license.

Photo by Eric J, used under creative commons license.

It’s been so long since I wrote a blog entry that one might think I’m breaking some kind of silence with this post. I’ve written a lot of draft posts, but haven’t felt compelled to actually say anything. Part of it is that I’ve been busy with day-to-day life (job, home, etc.) and haven’t been compelled to write. Today though….

Dear Translink,

Firstly, congratulations. Per your recent media release, it looks like things are really picking up and it’s time to change incentives:

“We now move more than a million trips a day on our system,” says Paddon [Bob Paddon, TransLink’s executive vice president, strategic planning and public affairs]. “Our incentive programs did their job. In the interest of fairness and efficiency for the overall system, it’s now time to dial back on some of our discount programs.”

Great stuff. I love changing incentives for people when carrying capacities are being challenged. One definitely can’t keep incentivizing people as though exponential growth is the solution when, in fact, things just need to slow down. I don’t agree with the path, but I don’t manage the system.

I do, however, absolutely adore one piece of the system and cannot wait to get back on it when I move next month: The West Coast Express. There’s a subtle change in how this system is going to be billed for regular users: the 28-day pass is going to become a calendar-month pass. On one hand, that’s not so bad – people need to buy 12 passes instead of 13. Here’re my issues:

    1. The train is damn expensive. I don’t mind paying for it, but the 28-day pass allows me to book time off when I know my pass expires or be more flexible. If ridership is so high, why should riders pay for a month when either the 28-day or 7-day pass will do? Adjust prices if you need to, but leave our flexibility alone.
    2. Waiting in line. Waiting in line at the train absolutely sucks. Busses often arrive 30-90 seconds before the train leaves (despite being scheduled to arrive well before). Under the current system, everyone is buying non-daily tickets and passes on varied schedules and it keeps lines to a minimum. Under the new monthly system, it’s going to change all that and reduce the quality of the commute at certain times of the month.

These two prospects leave me incredibly frustrated. I understand dollars and cents, that’s my day-to-day job, but I really don’t understand why those can’t work while maintaining overall customer experience.


Updated: A friend reminded me of the new card that’s coming into effect for transit. That wasn’t covered in the release so I’ve no idea how it affects line-ups or the overall flexibility of the current system versus calendar passes.

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