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Do We Really Want Privacy?

If you’re a Facebook™ user, you’ve undoubtedly seen the status update of friends warning you about the dangers of the impending Facebook privacy changes. Some add anger-laden monologues about what they will or won’t tolerate. My answer each time is this: Seriously?

I mean, really, who believes that there is really any guaranteed privacy behind a service that allows you connect with people all over the world, share your embarrassing photos and answer intriguing questions about your loved ones? All for free! I don’t know what your mother taught you, but my grandmother let me know early on that nothing comes free. The information that individuals share about their habits, their likes, their dislikes or their daily lives astounds me. My advice to all clients is simple: don’t!

I have Door #3 clients that I’ve told to stay away from social media altogether. Their dreams of political careers later in their lives could be thwarted by a meaningless tweet that starts a thread among their friends that reveals one too many details – or leads to unsavory information about others.  Current politicians or candidates can use social media to their advantage; follow Corey Booker on Facebook and you’ll see what I mean. But until such time that my client is ready to run your posts past an extra eye, or list them as part of an ongoing campaign, I say no. Don’t do it.

Most don’t have to worry about that. So, to them, I ask this question: “Your boss/top client, your parents, your pastor and your child are in an auditorium sitting on the front row. Your friends, who’ve shared your crazy years, are sitting behind them. What could you comfortably shout to your friends knowing that those five people are in earshot?”

That should be your barometer. If you comfortably curse or use innuendo in front of those people, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You’re not sharing anything you wouldn’t share in a crowded room. But if you’d have to whisper it or censor it in front of those to whom you deem you owe a certain respect, then don’t post it for the world to see.

People you least expect could be peeking at your profile. Not to be nosy, but to see if you’re qualified for a position or if you’d it into the company culture. So don’t take it too lightly. Yes, you should be guaranteed the privacy that you sign up for on any social media tool. But you should also understand that hackers happen and holes appear in your online universe.

Think before posting. And please, don’t tweet drunk.

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This entry was posted on 05/08/2010 by in All About the Business and tagged , , , .
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