By Vivian Unger
Social media is all about connecting, engaging and building relationships with people. In a very short period, this technical phenomenon has captivated the world and literally revolutionized countries. Social media comes in a variety of platforms from micro blog, video sharing to social networking just to name a few. Staying connected with friends, colleagues and acquaintances allows us to forge relationships and business alliances with people on a global basis. Should we be concerned about our social media privacy?
When the Edward Snowden news leak stunned the country revealing the snooping practices of the NSA monitoring the communications of net-citizens, many people became very concerned. The majority of our citizens are law-abiding even though incarceration rates continue to climb. Most Americans shudder to think that big brother is monitoring or listening to conversations. Plain and simple, stalking is very creepy. According to a blog from Mashable, there are a number of technology companies sharing content with the U.S. government called the Prism program. Ironically, Twitter is the one technology company that does not have a contract with Prism.
For those who like to live-in-the-moment with an open book documenting their life on the internet, you may think twice. Future employers, business colleagues, schools, organizations and acquaintances will judge you by your content, which can potentially haunt you and your future aspirations. Personal and party photos that you would not normally share with people outside your circle of friends should remain personal.
NBC News offers some privacy advice as it pertains to a new Facebook device calledGraph Search. This device is a completely new way for people to access information on Facebook.
Although this is a privacy-aware device, strangers can look through your photos, places traveled and interests and use this information for marketing purposes. In essence, it will share all the content you have shared on Facebook.
Use some common sense and post content on your Facebook page with a critical eye. Erase any awkward content to keep any information from haunting you in the future. Then, go into your Facebook account setting, and activate your privacy setting to “Friends.” This will only allow your “Friends” to access your content. Finally, be discerning and filter your friends.
Keywords: Social Media Privacy, Facebook, NSA, Stalking, Edward Snowden, Internet, Graph Search, PRISM