The way we are held accountable for ourselves in public gatherings such as events and celebrations are very much similar to how we should be when it comes to our online presence in social networks. The number of participants, the level or engagement, and the variety of activities done are just some of the ways that make both settings similar. And a good example to show this similarity is an event that had just recently began: Oktoberfest.
Much like the web, Oktoberfest is a very chaotic but fun place. First held in 1810, Oktoberfest continues to attract visitors by the millions. In fact, 6.9 million visitors went to Oktoberfest last year, consuming 7.5 million liters of beer.
And though enjoyment is the goal for most in both settings, it is also important to keep in mind that they are also prone to incidents such as loss of items and theft. In real life, this may translate to precautions such as keeping valuables in a safe place, but on the web it is a little more complicated. In social networks, users are strongly advised to manage their privacy settings and keep the visibility of their personal information to a minimum, so as to avoid unauthorized access and the possibility of information theft.
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