Facebook: Are You Sure You Know Whom You’re Sharing With?
Facebook privacy settings change constantly, and sadly, we have no choice but to accept them. However, the programmers over at Facebook have been nice enough to give us a minuscule, yet extremely important tag to each one of our posts. Have you ever stopped to see this option in your status update bar?
Then, on people’s homepages, your sharing settings come up to the right of the like/comment/share buttons, next to the time of your post (in red):
Now, let’s get down to the reasons why this is important:
- Anything you post publicly can and will come up in a Google search of your name. Public posts will also be visible to anyone who sees your profile, friend or not.
- Your interviewer-to-be might have friends in common and/or may have their profile set to the same area as you, allowing them insight into the things you share with friends of friends and/or within your area.
- Does this information compliment or entirely contradict the professional image you are trying to portray in interviews and resumes?
The good news? You can go back and change the sharing options of your posts by clicking on the same button:
You would be surprised at how many people have no idea what this does, and perhaps even more surprised at how many don’t seem to care. If you want to see for yourself, browse through your Facebook Home page and count how many posts have the ‘public’ symbol (the little earth) versus the ‘friends’ symbols (two people) and the ‘custom settings’ symbol (the little gear).
Be mindful of both what you’re sharing and who you’re sharing it with. Loopholes like friends-of-friends and area-sharing do exist, so keeping yourself protected could save you apretty awkward conversation and maybe even your career opportunity.