I know that TuD wants to promote itself, but does anyone else find it a bit disturbing that blog and forum posts are often at the top of Google results?
I've searched for terms before and been surprised to see my own posts near the top of my search results. This evening I got an e-mail from a friend who found a recent blog post of mine when he was looking for a very board topic (did not include my name or anything about me in the search - heck, it wasn't even about diabetes).
I find it disturbing partly because it means that I feel like nothing I post here is really anonymous, but that's not all of it since part of that is my own choice by divulging details that are recognizable to people who know me and having a profile picture that people can recognize. The post my friend found was, in part, about how I had a serious allergic reaction last week and, rather than using my epi-pen and seeking medical attention, I stupidly chose to hide it from those around me for over five hours. Understandably, he was very concerned that I didn't seek help. When I posted that, I never thought anyone in my "real life" would find and read it. Luckily I don't mind that this friend did, and it just goes to show that everything you post online is public information.
But I think what really bothers me is the idea that people may find these posts near the top of search results and think that they are some sort of reputable advice. Mot of what I post is not advice. In fact, most of what I post is about stupid things I've done that I would NOT recommend others do! Obviously I would never recommend someone having the type of reaction I did to not use an epi-pen and seek medical attention, even though it's the choice I made (and obviously it turned out okay). A lot of what I write are my personal rambles or questions, and I'm not necessarily putting them out there for others to find unless they are a member of this site browsing the forums or blogs.
Am I the only one? Is there a way of marking blog posts (at the last) as private to TuD members or as not to be included in Google search results? I know there's an option to mark blog posts for friends only, but I don't often "friend" people on this site as it doesn't seem to have any impact on anything, so I don't have many friends. I'm curious what others think.