I’ve been given the opportunity to speak at my college around the middle of April about social media in the work place. I was a little nervous at first what with such a time frame to prepare and everyone knows this industry is always changing. I’ve decided I’ll just do my best with whatever is current and I’ll be fine. Then early this week I read the following articles and thought I need to address these topics in my presentation:

Undercover Feds on Social Networking Sites Raise Questions
Feds My Send Agents Undercover On Social Networking Sites

Take time either now or later to read the articles. So what exactly does this mean? I can see how some people may get upset or flustered with privacy concerns, and they should. But honestly, getting upset over the government looking up citizens on social networks to get information? Really? Like this isn’t something that has happened before? Oh no the government is trying to look at what you are doing! My word, as soon we step outside (much less turn on the computer) we open the world up to our privacy. I’m really shocked that some are upset over the government using Twitter or Facebook to gain intel on certain people. When really, if they have a subpoena, they can just go directly to the CEOs of these sites to get whatever information they need. The method they are using is just cost effective and can show how moronic people can be by accepting friend requests from people they don’t know in the least.

The biggest misconception about using social media (more personal than professional) is that when you create an account and set the privacy settings its private to only who is allowed to see the content. Not true. There are disclaimers when people sign up for accounts that are required to be agreed to that include not posting pornography, obscene photos etc. Are there sites that allow these kind of things to be uploaded? Yes, but not Facebook, Twitter or similar site. The creator of Facebook just doesn’t sit back and let people upload whatever (thought it may seem like it) if someone is breaking the rules of their site, and the account in questions is flagged, that item (or account) is removed (or suspended).

Can we control what others find out about us? Yes, but we need to be smart about it. Here are some steps how:

  • Don’t post on the internet what you don’t want others to see
    • Privacy filters may work for public viewing, but the administrators can still see whatever it is you don’t want seen
  • Not so much a point as advice – Unless you are breaking laws don’t worry too much about the government looking at your account
    • Whether you are breaking the laws or not, marketing companies are more interested in the details of your account than the government
  • Don’t go on the internet at all
    • Extreme I know, but as soon as the computer connects you are opening yourself up to everyone
  • Limit the number of accounts online you have
    • The less places you have information the less places there are to look

There may be some more points to make but I’ll stop at those. If you have anything to add just leave a comment.

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That does it for me guys. If you have some input as to how I can improve things on my blog I’d love to hear it. Thanks for reading!