The Flip Side of Internet Fame
People post information about each other or themselves and do not know what type of trouble
or danger they could be in. Don’t post things such as personal information, social plans or
photo’s of your kids.
First, On Facebook, users can send personal messages or post notes, images or videos to
another user's wall. The wall is there for all to see, while messages are between the sender and
the receiver, just like an e-mail. Personal and private matters should never be shared on your
wall, its like a person going around shouting their business out at everyone they see and the
same thing goes on the Internet. This falls under the nebulous world of social networking
etiquette. If it's not something a person feel comfortable sharing in person with extended
family, acquaintances, work colleagues or strangers, then people shouldn't share it on their
Next, a person sharing their social plans for everybody to see isn't a good idea. Unless
planning a big party and inviting all the users they’re connected to, it will only make their other
friends feel left out. There are also some security issues at stake here. Imagine a scenario where
a jealous ex-boyfriends know that you're meeting a new date out that night. What's to keep the
ex from showing up and causing a scene or even potentially getting upset or violent. If a person
planning a party or an outing with a group of friends, send a personal "e-vite" for their eyes
only and nobody is the wiser. They’re trying to cast a wide net by throwing out an idea for a
social outing, just remember that anyone who has access to their profile sees it.
Finally, Social networking sites are a common place for people to share pictures of their
families, then those pictures are there for everyone to see. It's a sad fact, but there are a lot of
predators who use the Internet to stalk their prey. If a person post pictures...