Although the stolen Sidekick incident happened nearly five years ago, the message from this incident still lingers. In fact, more than just the message remains; the account can still be found on the internet today amongst the slew of other information that would otherwise be forgettable.
When you type in the keywords "Stolen Sidekick," the New York times article that Shirky alludes to comes up first thing:
Tale of a Lost Cellphone, and Untold Static
What does this mean? First off, there is no longer a chance of us to escape our past. We can be found everywhere, just as sixteen-year-old Sasha Gomez. Even though what she did was simply wrong, one could also argue that Evan Guttman was wrong to have brought the matter so public. Through the usage of the Internet, he was able to expose this girl and everything about her world. Not all of this can be erased. What happens when this girl settles down and tries to find a job?
We have all done things we regretted. Unfortunately, it just takes one person to catch you to make one of these regrets public. Employers today sometimes look at their applicants' Facebooks and MySpaces prior to hiring them. However, some people do not take this into account when they upload inappropriate and unflattering pictures or write crude comments. You are findable. There are traces of you everywhere, and all it takes is one faulty judgment to destroy someone.
Morville's views on findability have found us. Whether or not you avoid using the Internet, you are findable. (For example, my friend's grandma got put on youtube for being a bad dancer) Technology is all around us, and like it or not, we are now a part of this interconnected world.