Social Networking & Your Privacy: Where to Draw The Line

June 30th, 2009 |

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Social networking allows people to share just about everything that happens in life.  Whether you are on Twitter tweeting about the latest topics or on Facebook posting pictures from your weekend excursion in Las Vegas, it is important to keep in mind that your close circle of friends and followers are not going to be the only ones who will view this information.

Having a “Private” Profile Does Not Make You Safe

While the ability to set your privacy setting for profiles on most social networks is a common feature, please don’t think that this will make your account immune to potential exposure of information to others.  As you increase your profiles with friends and followers beyond your “true” circle of friends, your chances of sharing sensitive information with the wrong people increases.

If people are desparate enough to want to tarnish your identity/reputation, they can and will find ways to access information you don’t necessarily want to share.

Be Careful of What You Share

Social networking is a great way to share info with those you know.  However, there are some things you might want to consider before you go posting up pictures of that Vegas trip you recently took.  Sure you might think what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas; but what gets posted on social networking sites doesn’t necessarily stay on social networking sites.  Whether a future employer looks into your social networking background, or maybe a future fling, you need to be careful of what you share.

There are plenty of scenarios this article could jump into, but let’s just say you shouldn’t post up info that could potentially come back to bite you in the azz.  You need to know where to draw the line of what really needs to be posted up on a social networking site.  Just like life, you should use your better judgement when posting somewhat sensitive information to any of your social networking accounts.  You never know what may come back to haunt you at a later date.

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  • http://www.groupsite.com Ravi Patel

    This is very tough to call! That’s why these tools are great for social media, however, if you need to respect privacy, and really get things done, use a Groupsite from Groupsite.com. Social Collaboration respects privacy.

    Ravi
    @followwme

  • http://twitter.com/tweefil/statuses/2407173017 tweefil (Tweet Filter)

    RT @SomeHoo Good article – Social Networking & Your Privacy: Where to Draw The Line http://tinyurl.com/nj4vcl

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