Social Media and privacy have been a big issue for a while now. Facebook is notorious for being pretty lax about privacy. Even LinkedIn came under fire recently for having the permission to use members’ profiles in advertising as a default setting. You have to be careful what you share on your social media networks.
I am a big believer in social media. I have built fabulous relationships, found wonderful partners and gotten great clients from it. However, I am strategic about what I share. And once I decided that I was going to use Facebook for business, no more pictures of my children.
I still keep it personal and allow for personality, social media is social after all.
If you have been following me, you know that I have 2 kids, a boy and a girl, but I don’t mention their names and I don’t post pictures, much to my parents’ chagrin. There have to be boundaries and I am not comfortable having my kids’ names and pictures floating around.
My son does not have his own Facebook account, (“but Mom, everyone has one!”) He can have the same experience on Edmodo that allows only access to kids in his class.
I also do not use Foursquare or check in with my location on Facebook everywhere I go. If I want to let people know where I am, I can just post it. I do not need the world to be able to track my every move.
And I have also disabled the geolocation feature for all the apps on my iPhone, except for the maps, where it is necessary. If I want to take a picture or a video and upload it to Facebook or YouTube, I do not want everybody to be able to see exactly where it was taken.
Seriously, with geolocation enabled you can exactly see on Google maps where that picture was taken. That is fine when you are on vacation, but to show off exactly where you live or where your kid’s school is? That is sharing too much.
So before you start marketing yourself and your events with social media, decide how much you want to share. Although Facebook’s new changes give you the option to fine tune your privacy settings per post and per picture and even selectively share them with special lists you have set up, assume everything is public. You never know what can change or go wrong to make everything public.
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