Friday, January 25, 2008

What's your digital footprint?

Have you heard the news about Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick? He’s been indicted on perjury charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by two Detroit police officers, who said they were fired for investigating claims the mayor used his security detail to cover up his extramarital affairs. The officers won their case and it cost the Motor City over 8 million bucks.

It seems Kilpatrick was having an affair with his Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, at the time and he was caught when the Detroit Free Press obtained over 14,000 text messages exchanged between the Mayor and Beatty, via Beatty’s city-issued pager.

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is what kind of job could these two be doing, if they have time to exchange 14,000 text messages over the period of one year? The second is, while everyone’s running around measuring his or her carbon footprint, be aware that in this digital age, you’re also leaving your digital footprint.


Liz said...

It's a good point. I've seen folks leaving all sorts of risque comments on MySpace and Facebook pages, and it's there forever. Even if they delete the page, I think you can look in the google cache and see it.

the prisoner's wife said...

lol @ 14,000 txt messages. is that all? girl, at one point, i exchanged like 5k a month (not with 1 person tho). i barely talk on the phone's all txt.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi Mango Mama,

I think 99% of my digital footprint comes from blogging. I don't have a cell phone; I got sick of all the fees and contracts, etc.

And although I receive a lot of emails I don't send a lot myself.

Regarding Kilpatrick, I think he has been intoxicated by power. And when you are intoxicated you get sloppy and stupid.