5 Things That Shouldn’t Be On Your Facebook

I just read an interesting article about crimes that were committed and solved on Facebook. In one of the featured stories was a break-in in a victim’s house by a man, whom she later found out had just befriended her on Facebook a week before!  After reading that article I wanted to share some of the information that was provided in that article to help those that are NEW to Facebook, Internet and/or Social Media!

 

This just goes to show that the things you put on Facebook: your private details, your photos, your thoughts and preferences; they can be used against you. So despite the feeling Facebook offers you, you really should take into account what you put on your Facebook page.

Here is a list of five things that are suggested that should not be on your Facebook page, beginning with:

1.People You Have To Answer To
2. Photos Of Everything
3. That Sensation of Always Tagging Where You Are
4. Angry Statuses Or Comments
5. Birthdays
 

1. People You Have to Answer To:

The friend’s list is a very personal place. Where am I going with this? Keep bosses, managers, supervisors, or even colleagues out of your friend’s list. No matter how strong your relationship is with anyone from these categories, it is best to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. For starters, if work gets you down, you can still write statuses about it without having to look over your virtual shoulder all the time.
While it may not be a good career move to speak ill of your work place, it is a valid form of stress relief, particularly when you get to vent without worrying about a backlash. Leave that option open for yourself by keeping your Facebook territory free of work-related people.

2. Photos of Everything

We can’t really resist sharing photos of our lives. For some, it is a funny, heart-warming or proud scene that is warmly shared with friends. For others, it’s a boost for the self-esteem. Albums after albums of homes, kids, the workplace, a drinking party, purchases, vacation trips, pets and family mark attempts to paint a picture of what a wonderful life I have; how’s yours?But when you share too much info on your page, it’s an invitation for trouble, particularly, if you readily post pictures of your home, your furniture and belongings, where your kids go to school, what you gave your wife for her last birthday or your latest gadget purchase of the month. Showing off is fine but you don’t want to be revealing more than what you want to roaming eyes.

Plus, it kind of throws your argument of “wanting to keep whatever’s left of your privacy private”, out the window. You have control over what pictures to post. Use it.

3. That itching need to constantly tag where you are

Are you a prolific serial tagger? You have to get that addiction cured. It’s not really advisable to constantly tag your whereabouts, especially when you even tag where your home is (believe me, there are people who do that). Experts have always advised us to not confine our lives to predictable routines because that’s how criminals know when to break and enter your home. And that was during the pre-Facebook years.On top of that, stop announcing to everyone when you will be away from home (in Phuket for the whole of next week!) or when you will be alone at home (Alone at home, googly-bear has a conference in Australia, again).The only thing missing are photos of where you keep your keys and valuables, but let’s not make it easier than it already is right now.

You can call it paranoia, but if you look at some of your friend’s Facebook Walls, and do a bit of homework, you can actually pull off a mini-heist or two. For the record, we’re not daring you, but now you know it can be done.

4. Angry statuses or comments

It’s never a good idea to write an angry letter or email about anyone to anybody. But the inhibition level is not as high when it comes to Facebook statuses. Regardless of how private you keep your page, there are people who are watching what you type. What they see paints a mental picture of you in their heads, which gets altered all the time, as they get to know you better.Being too critical and calling people four-letter names never help. And as much as you may think that this is my Facebook page and I am entitled to write whatever I think or feel at the moment, even you know deep down inside that it will come back to haunt you one day. Your opinions and thoughts will vary as you grow older, but Facebook statuses stay forever. Note to self: This cliché will come back and haunt me one day.

5. Birthdays

Of all the things on this list that you shouldn’t post, if you can only choose one, it should be this. Keep your birthdate figures a secret.Why? Do you know what birthdays are good for apart from reminding everyone to add another candle on your chocolate cake? Yeah, passwords to emails, online accounts and websites. Do not deny it.

When asked to provide a 6-to-8 character password, the first thing that pops into your mind will probably be a variation of your birth date or the birthdates of someone close to you. But if you have to put your birthday up (just to feel the love Facebook reminders have to offer), consider not revealing the year you were born.

Pick up your phone and BLOG somebody…

Just when you thought that you didn’t have enough time to sit down at your machine and think of something to blog about, now WordPress has taken it a step further and easier for users to blog.  As everyone already knows you can already write and publish WordPress blog posts from your iPhone, iPad, Android, e-mail and desktop, but now you can also post audio via your phone.

Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg announced the new feature for WordPress.com earlier today. It’s rather simple: enable “Post by Voice” in your dashboard and you will receive a phone number and a unique code for posting audio from your phone to your blog. You can post up to one hour of audio at a time.

The new feature is powered by Twilio, a cloud-based platform for building communication and voice applications.

The feature isn’t anything revolutionary — Livejournal has supported similar functionality for years. However, it should make for thousands of interesting, late-night posts in the near future. Currently the feature is only available for WordPress.com blogs, but we’d love to see it implemented in the open-source version of WordPress as well.

So now you can post to your WordPress via the web, email, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, desktop clients, and now any telephone in the world. Of course when you post it can be pushed to Facebook, Twitter, and more using the Publicize feature. What more could you want?

WordPress is making it free and allowing recording lengths up to sixty minutes, but that limit may go down without a paid upgrade in the future. Mostly they’re just curious to see how people use this.

Now there is definitely no excuses for people to not start blogging…