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The Dark Side Of Social Media – Privacy Concerns

Posted on : 02-12-2012 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Most social networks such as Facebook,  Google G+ and Twitter allows you to sync up information such as the contacts and status updates. For instance, you can configure your Facebook profile to link to  your Twitter account such that any public status you publish in your Facebook profile or page gets automatically gets tweeted as well.

Auto sync up feature is a time saver because you don’t have to manually go log into the  various social network accounts that you have in order to send the same message.  Your Twitter followers, particularly if they are leads or customers  may not necessary be part of your Facebook fans, friends or contacts.

Auto Social Activity Updates
Beware of the dark side of social media so to speak.  Top certain extend I am sure you want to safe guard your privacy.It is important for you to be aware of and to avoid some of the major pitfalls and threats associated with  social activity updates across various networking sites.

The negative impact of social media

You may or may not be aware of the fact that  URL that you surf on Yahoo news site and many others might be automatically publish in your Facebook and other social media status updates. The implication of this is huge because your online activities are exposed to the public and worst still, you might not even be aware of it.

Automatic Social Activity Status Updates
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You can configure your Facebook activity updates to be limited to friends only but you can’t do that for others.

Your friends can in turn share all your posts and updates to the everyone  if they leave their profile and wall post accessible to the public.

Take caution when dealing with  image  sharing sites such as Flickr and Picasso. Be mindful that photos that you upload for personal use and which is meant for private consumption can wind up being posted for the world to see through careless click of yours.

Nowadays there are more and more online applications and services which has the capability to access your social network account to auto post data.

This is possible if you grant the apps the permission and access rights to do so, usually  during the application service sign up process and you might not even be aware of it! Always exercise caution when dealing with such applications because it can severely compromise your privacy.

Careless And Insensitive Post Can Lend You In Big Trouble

You can end up on the wrong side of the law if you post sensitive message on FB. Recently a woman in Singapore got sacked after she published a racist comment on her wall post.   You can’t undo what you have published, removing it later will not help. Check out the following news at http://www.tnp.sg/content/ntuc-sacks-woman-who-made-racist-post-facebook.

You ought to think twice before you publish your thoughts with the public through social networking media.  As the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Permanent Footprint And Trails –  Future Impact 

Past comments and posts you make online may have impact to your future career, business and even personal life.  Many political candidates and celebrities have their fair share of problems with past social activities they shared with their fans through social media sites.

Essentially all personal information and activities you published in social networks leaves behind trails or footprints, some sort of like a diary which is difficult to remove or withdraw even if you wanted to.

Some employers and government are known to track and monitor online activities of  individuals. If you are not sure or worry about  this, then don’t post anything that may potentially conflict with your work or violate authority rulings.

Summary

You need to exercise due diligence, discretion and responsibility in sharing your post and status updates via social network sites.You may get more than what you bargain for.

Social networks are powerful platforms for you to broadcast your activities but would you really want to make your life public for the world to see?  Would you want to be an open book and compromise your privacy to the world wide community?

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