For all the shock, outrage and moralizing over the likes of Anthony Weiner, Geraldo and any number of reality show, former child stars and soon-to-be former pop stars, are their digital hijinks really that far removed from what has become commonplace behavior for millions online?
Like it or not, asked for or not, sought after or not, we leave an imprint that is tagged to us -- sewn on like a tail -- and leaves a trail in its wake that at its worst is reminiscent of storm debris.
We all make embarrassing mistakes online. While many warnings have been beaten into us by every cliché article on online etiquette, we have a tendency to recognize errors in other people while remaining blindly unaware of our own faux pas. Don't become another statistic.
As the world is more intimately connected, our generation's digitization should not be berated by columnists as cover for laziness. When we make online birthday cards, our innovative implementation of timeless niceties should be lauded instead of pilloried.
You're in a tricky spot right now, but it was your boss who made the misstep because he broke a simple Facebook rule: don't friend anyone who works for you, because it puts that person in a difficult position (as you're finding out).
I turned to my Facebook author page to see how these rules are evolving and was surprised to find a nearly unanimous bias against disclosing any relationship info at all to your "friends" -- especially among those 30 or older.