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Avoid Facebook drama by checking privacy settings

Posted by Andre' Savoie on Aug 6, 2010 8:35:09 AM

For anyone under the age of 40, and for lots of people who are older than that – social media sites like Facebook are now a way of life. Sadly though, as familiar as everyone has become with sites like these, we still hear regular stories of personal lives being negatively affected (or worse) by not using these sites properly.

2 Bad Stories in 2 Days

Yesterday a friend told me that they are having privacy problems with Facebook where family members and other people are seeing updates they aren’t supposed to and posting unwanted comments on their wall. As we took a look at her privacy settings, she was not happy to learn that some of her activity was visible to anyone who logged into Facebook whether or not they were a friend.

Needless to say these settings were changed immediately but some of the damage was done.

And this morning, I read an article about a Cleveland woman who found out via Facebook that her husband had just married ANOTHER woman! That’s right…she searched the name of the “other” woman suspecting that something might be going on – and what did she find? She found a full wedding photo album that had just been uploaded of her husband, dressed in a Prince Charming outfit, getting married in Disney. His new wife, a pretty blonde, was a glowing Sleeping Beauty, surrounded by footmen.

Needless to say the rest of the story is sad but quite entertaining.

The Moral – Check Your Privacy Settings

Within your Facebook profile, you should review your settings to make sure that your privacy is protected. You can choose a lot of settings such as who sees your profile, updates, comments; and whether or not someone has to be a friend in order to view your information. You can control who posts on your wall and there is also a tool to block certain people from seeing information.

The bottom line is – if you your privacy is important to you – social sites like Facebook are a tricky place to be hanging out. But if you’re going to participate, make sure you check the privacy settings so you don’t wind up on the Today show.

If you have any questions about your privacy settings, or would like help understanding social media and how it applies to your business contact us today.

Topics: social media, Facebook, online privacy

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