Are Online Reputations Really Dead? Should We Just Ignore Indiscretions?

I read an article yesterday  from Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch,  in which he challenges the validity of online reputations. In his opinion he feels that in a few years online reputations will not mean a thing and indiscretions will be ignored. He is basing his opinion on a new startup service which will publish the good, the bad and the ugly about you personally for the world to see. He does not state the name of the service but does say that anyone will be able to post anonymously without fear of legal or social fallout.

My first thoughts were two fold. First I personally believe that our online reputations do matter. Hopefully many of you who read this will feel the same way. I have seen comments made here that because of their vivid language and/or attacks to other readers were not fit to post and were junked by myself. I believe these types of comments would reflect on my reputation because someone could look at these comments as something I either agree with or approve of.

My second thought was about the posting of indiscretions. Arrington goes on to say in his article that those who have a picture of them smoking pot will in a few years not matter much. He is at least hoping this will be true. But who decides what is right and what is wrong? This is where I believe that reputation does matter and so do the indiscretions that happen to get posted.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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