So your sitting at your desk, quietly going about your own business when, Pop! You get a friend request notification. You more than likely know that it isn’t going to be a one of your real friends and that chances are your contact with this person/s was brief. It does sound extreme, but isn’t it the truth? All to often we are faced with this notification and the decision to allow this person we barely know to view our private information about our location, photos and lifestyle and a whole heap more.
I would have to admit; nine times out of ten I would be quick to accept this person as my ‘friend’. Up until this post, I haven’t really thought about any of the implications surrounding my Facebook privacy settings. Sure there are certain people that have limited access to my information but could my ignorance in overlooking privacy settings lead to dramatic consequences in my social or work life in the future? Well if you believe Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg this experience is becoming quite common. “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” The statistics don’t lie. It seems that more people are sharing the most intimate details with those they consider ‘friends’ more and more everyday. Photos, locations and even private phone numbers.
For example, up until last week, I was blissfully unaware that my mobile number had been public for over five years!
Social networking is the way of the future. It is the undisputed king of communication and we must all learn to value our role in this revolution. It is up the users to protect their content and it is up to the social networking companies to protect the rights of its users. With a greater understanding and cooperation from both parties, the possibilities for the future are infinite. 🙂
Is your Facebook privacy secure? Does your curiosity and boredom over-ride your safety barrier on Facebook?
Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook [ABC iView]