Cindy relates the tale of an association that found something from their meeting on YouTube that they really, really didn't want to be out there for the world to see. This is exactly the thing I talked about in this editorial from Association Meeting's April issue (what? You didn't read it? Gee, and I thought everyone read my stuff ;0).
Cindy asks: "Should associations make decisions about our events, functions and meetings in the future realizing anything that happens could be minutes away from YouTube?" I say of course they should. That horse has left the barn, sorry folks. Not to quote myself (but I will):
But think it through we must, because like it or not, it's our new reality. The hardest part, especially for us older folks, is giving up the illusion of control. And it is an illusion, because whether we condone it or not, attendees already are blogging, Twittering, and otherwise letting their feelings about the meeting be known far and wide. Burying our heads in the sand or trying to beat the trend into submission with draconian rules will do nothing but alienate tomorrow's attendees.
Instead, let's talk about how we can reconcile transparency with what needs to remain private — and find the wisdom to know the difference between the two.