How Much Confidential Info Do You Share On Social Media?

How Much Confidential Info Do You Share On Social Media?

How Much Confidential Info Do You Share On Social Media?

Recently, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing happen. When you work in the social media realm, people expect certain things. They expect you to share. And yet, although some of my best friends knew about the terrible event, I did not share it widely.

Connection Does Not Always Equal Friendship

Connection Does Not Always Equal Friendship

Connection Does Not Always Equal Friendship

Being “friends” on Facebook does not mean that someone is truly friends, despite the saying that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met. If you are squinting at someone’s image, wondering where you met them (or if you met them at all), maybe it’s time to cut them loose if Facebook is your “safe place.”

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Being a Private Person

Are you a private person? Now, I’m not necessarily talking about being an introvert because that’s different. But are you private in your communications online? Would you be ready to share something and then have a relative stranger come up and say “oh, hey, I heard that you fell off the roof while on vacation!” If not, then you might consider not sharing that tidbit, although it’s easy to forget that 100s or 1000s of people could potentially see what you post.

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How to Decide What to Share

Here are a few questions you could ask yourself before you share something:

  • Will this hurt me later?
  • Will this expose a friend?
  • Will sharing this get back to the person I’m sharing about?
  • Could this have any negative impacts?

And here are 9 things you should never share on Facebook, from Post Planner.

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Where to Share

Certain people have places that are more private than others on social media. For instance, I consider Twitter to be the most filled with strangers of all of my platforms. Yours could be Facebook. Or LinkedIn. At any rate, there’s a hierarchy of places for all of us. I might share something in a closed Facebook group before I share it on Twitter.

Some would say that you could share more safely on Twitter, since it doesn’t ask you to share your own or your friends’ information as much. See Facebook vs Twittter: Privacy Issues.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Social Sharing

There are many good aspects of sharing. For instance, you could share a picture that you want all your friends to see. It beats emailing it to everyone! And you can create an album on Facebook or a secret board on Pinterest for those images. By the way, here are Ten Ways to Be Social, from the archive.

The Bad and the Ugly

There are also many, many ways to fail on social media. For instance:

What’s Something You’d Never Share?

I promise not to tell! Leave me a comment. Thank you.

What Happened to Privacy? Can it Exist in the Digital Age?

What Happened to Privacy? Can it Exist in the Digital Age?

What Happened to Privacy? Can it Exist in the Digital Age?

The new Edward Snowden movie is playing at theaters now, which got me to thinking about privacy. Everyone says that they want privacy, yet they willingly post about their deepest darkest secrets on social media. But do the government and major corporations really know that much about you? See the Wiki about the making of the Edward Snowden movie, and let me know what you think!

As Edward Snowden said

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

Edward Snowden’s “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, May 21, 2015

Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook

Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook

Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook

Don’t post that you’re going on vacation in a public post on Facebook. Unless you don’t mind that everyone in the world can see that post, that is. Here are some ways to limit who sees your posts, by the way. You can limit who sees your posts by going to the Basic Privacy Settings on Facebook.

You might like this article about How Facebook’s Trending Topics is Like Minority Report, by the way, which shows you how Facebook is tracking you and your habits.

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Privacy on Twitter

On Twitter, if you must tell your friends about your vacation, you might want to do so in a private direct message, rather than posted so that all your followers can see it. Or you could wait until after your vacay to announce that your house is empty and filled with gold jewelry that you cleverly got on sale. And did you know that you can make your lists private as well? Here’s a very good guide to protecting your privacy on Twitter. You could make your entire account private as well, though it’s not as fun.

LinkedIn and Privacy

LinkedIn and Privacy

LinkedIn and Privacy

On LinkedIn, if you’re looking for a job, you might want to turn off notifications so that not everyone can see that you’re updating your profile. And that’s particularly true if you’re looking for a job while you still have a job! Nothing like letting your boss know you’re unhappy and out looking! Here’s an article about six ways to protect your privacy on LinkedIn that you might like.

What Steps Do You Take to Protect Your Privacy?

What Steps Do You Take to Protect Your Privacy? Image: Ace Work Gear

What Steps Do You Take to Protect Your Privacy?

Is it already too late? Are you taking any steps to protect yourself and your privacy? I’d really like to know! Leave me a secret note at an undisclosed location! Or just leave a comment here. It’s not as fun, but it’ll do. If you’d like to go back in time and/or become a curmudgeon, you could do that, too.

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How Facebook’s Trending Topics Is Like Minority Report

How Facebook's Trending Topics Is Like Minority Report

How Facebook’s Trending Topics Is Like Minority Report

In Minority Report, Tom Cruise walks through a mall while an ad calls to him: “John Anderton! You could use a Guiness right now!” Consider all the tracking devices that make your life easier: Waze, Foursquare, and even sampling software such as Shazam. Now think back to cookies, which despite the cute name, tracked–and continue to track–your location on the web. By trading convenience for privacy, are our lives becoming more like Minority Report? And how does Facebook, which many of us use to gather our news, add to that Minority Report experience?

Is Facebook Stalking You?

Say you’re interested in a topic that’s a little non-mainstream. For instance, chemtrails or robot wars. So you get on Facebook and search your usual favorite pages. You find an article you like: “101 Ways Chemtrails Are Destroying Your Health.”* You read said article for 23 minutes. Did you know that Facebook is now tracking the amount of time you spend reading articles? Even if you don’t like or comment on that article, you are being tracked, according to Facebook’s own blog. Supposedly, Facebook now will show you more relevant articles related to this one.

*Any resemblance to an actual article is unintentional.

Trending Topics is Like a Smart Timer

Trending Topics is Like a Smart Timer

Trending Topics is Like a Smart Timer

Facebook compares the amount of time you spend on a topic and weights the time spent to make up for any possible slow internet. This Engadget article about the upcoming newsfeed has more info about what topics you’ll see in your “improved” newsfeed. And maybe Facebook will know whether you left an article open while you leave your office to have lunch (perhaps because you’re not scrolling on mobile or because of non-movement on your computer).

Facebook Trending Topics

Facebook Trending Topics

Facebook’s Trending Topics

At present, Facebook shows the top trends on the right sidebar, which when clicked, expand into a bigger list. Here’s how Facebook describes what makes up the trending topics: “The topics you see are based on a number of factors including engagement, timeliness, pages you’ve liked and your location.” The description indicates that your content is customized to you. By the way, here’s a recent article I wrote on Twitter’s trending topics.

Will Facebook Be a One-Stop Shop?

Will Facebook Be a One-Stop Shop?

Facebook Trying to Become One-Stop News Shop

According to Huffington Post’s article: Facebook Trending Experiment, “the Pew Research Center recently found that three in five American millennials said they consumed political news on Facebook in the past week, and in May 2015, the site launched Instant Articles in partnership with nine major international newspapers.” Trending topics is a way for Facebook to corral its users and keep them on the site as long as possible through topics that are more relevant.

The Tail Wagging the Dog

The Tail Wagging the Dog

The Tail Wagging the Dog

If you read the comments in most articles about privacy and data mining, most people don’t want to be told what to like. They still want to feel that they have a choice. Even if they do spend five hours a day reading about chemtrails or robot wars, they’d like to be able to jump around the internet at will, change their interests suddenly, and have control over what they consume.

Does Facebook Have Your Number?

Does Facebook Have Your Number?

Has Facebook Gone Too Far?

At what point will you think that Facebook has gone too far? Do you believe that it’s Time to Quit Facebook? Or are you willing to give away more of your privacy? Leave me a comment! I promise not to track you!

 

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