Should an angry exchange be deleted to protect the combatants?
A few days ago a little catfight took place on this site in the comments section of a Blogswap posting. Someone I respect suggested that I delete everything before Google picked it up and embarrassed the participants.
I don't think there's any harm in having a little fun online but apparently a growing number of people consider Google to be a veritable Big Brother capable of pointing nosy reference checkers to any and all of their online indiscretions. Likewise, with ZoomInfo the online profile search engine. Everyone's afraid of getting on a blacklist as a result of something that was said long ago online .
Still, I would argue (as I have before) that, eventually, every one of us will be caught on someone's cell phone camera with his fly open or lounging on a topless beach or merely indulging in a scratch which looks like a pick -- and it's going to end up online. And, when that happens, nothing a potential candidate does will seem very shocking.