Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Does Everyone Need to Know That?

Did you think you could control your settings on Facebook because someone told you so? They were wrong. You can only control some of your options. Others are always public knowledge.

People believe that Facebook gives you the power to keep information from going public, but that isn't the case! The Exact Facebook Terms can be found at https://www.facebook.com/legal/proposeddup, but here is a summary....

Some stories are always public stories and if you choose to comment on them, your comments will be public. When other people share information about you, THEY choose if your information is shared publicly or not! This is when choosing your friends wisely comes into play. "As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available." (Facebook Terms)

Your profile photos and cover photos are always public along with your name and username. If you don't want people to see your profile or cover photos forever, you need to delete them from the album. You can change the audience for your profile pictures one at a time following directions found at https://www.facebook.com/help/290447131050867. The Networks you affiliate yourself with are public knowledge.

What can you do about it? Facebook's advice is clear, if you don't want to share this information... Delete Your Account!

As an avid user of Facebook, I try to be mindful of what I share on my page. If  I check-in at a venue, I make sure I am ready to receive guests. On more than one occasion, my friends have pulled up a chair and joined me for a drink. I love it... I am a social person. If that's not you, then don't check-in, post pics, or advertise your activities in the moment... post them after the fact.

19 comments:

  1. Wow...really puts thing in perspective....thanks for this information!

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  2. You are welcome Larry. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  3. Yes, and also, don't advertise that you're going on a trip, or that you're currently out of town. You put your home at risk while you're away. Great post!

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    1. Thanks for this! I will have to add that when I get to the safety part of the Social Media pitfalls...

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  4. Why would people think that what they say isn't public... you must watch what you type cause it can bite you later on.

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  5. Since I use my Facebook for business, I know that it needs to be open; therefore, I need to be mindful of what I post!

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  6. What an eye-catcher! Sure made me take notice and pay attention:=)

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  7. For my business page I leave open.. for my personal it's always private.. In everything I do I make sure to make private or public.. can't trust on the internet these days..

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  8. So much to learn about Facebook. Thanks for all of the great advice.

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  9. I have definitely learned something new through this post! I am the check-in queen but I guess never really thought about someone pulling up a chair! It would be all good though cause I'm pretty social myself!

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    1. I love to catch up with my friends! I love the check-in feature...

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  10. Thanks for the great information about Facebook. I've always assumed ( and I think I'm correct in this case) that once it's on Facebook ( with few exceptions) it out there for all to see!

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  11. Thank you for the reminder. I always make sure what I post is something that I know will always be out there.

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  12. Some people are pretty negligent on Facebook, thanks for the tips!

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  13. You're so right.
    If you are on Facebook you are exposed to the public.

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  14. Yes, there are certain aspects of my profile that are public, but what is public I don't mind it being. I can control who sees my pictures, who can see my posts and I like that kind of control.

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  15. This is a great reminder...nothing is sacred anymore! Thank you for the tips!

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  16. This is a very good reminder! If you dont want thr info to be shared with all then dont post. Facebook is very public and you have to remember that not just your friends and family maybe able to see what your posting.

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  17. Yes! Great insight here... I cant believe how many people think that FB is private, or they get so upset when something is said publicly... but the way I see it is that you should ALWAYS ASSUME that ANYTHING you put on social media (or anything IN WRITING for that matter - even emails) can, and will, at some point BE SEEN... so never put things in writing that you dont mind everyone and their mother's uncle knowing about :)

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