Saturday, February 11, 2012

Be Careful What You Post!

 “Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.” – Erin Bury, Sprouter community manager 

Have truer words ever been spoken?
This is something that has always worried me about social networking sites.  Not only that posting something on the internet  allows basically everyone to view it, but how much am I posting, even if only to my private friends, could possibly become public knowledge.  I mean does anyone actually read every word in the privacy policies when they join a new site? I know I don't but we all probably should.  How much of our information are the websites allowed to use.  Can they give out our information to companies or future employers?  I always remember everyone saying that Facebook has all our pictures on file even if we take them down in the future.  Not sure if this was true, but think of how scary that is.  Even if someone was just holding a beer in a picture will a possible future boss see that and not hire you? Then there is the matter of twitter. Most people these days will only tweet something they think will get a laugh or response out of people.  What's funny to one person might be offensive to the next and it might come back to haunt you.  Privacy is such a big issue when it comes to these sites.  So be careful what you post or be ready for consequences, whatever they might be.    

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