By Cynthia Hetherington, Hetherington Group
Cynthia Hetherington has more than 15 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. She is a consultant for Thomson Reuters and the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing and training firm focusing on intelligence, security and investigations. Visit Cynthia on Twitter.
Sharing your thoughts and activities online in and of itself is not necessarily a problem. The problem comes when users forget that everyone in their social network is reading their post. So when you post something in frustration with your boss, co-worker, spouse, or friend, remember that the boss, co-worker, spouse, or friend – and all their networked friends (and all THEIR networked friends) – are also reading your posts.
Having second thoughts now about using Facebook? It is possible to take part in Facebook and still maintain a semblance of privacy. To accomplish that, keep some of these things in mind when posting to Facebook:
1. Do not write in a fury
If you are angry, inebriated, or simply have a big secret that you are itching to share, that is the time to step away from the keyboard. What you think is hysterical or outlandish now might only serve to embarrass you as the poster later.
2. Do not ignore Facebook’s privacy controls
Your Facebook profile and its privacy settings can be customized. Limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or only yourself. Do not enter contact info, such as your phone number and address. Restrict access to your photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. Give only certain people, or groups of people, access to items such as photos, or block specific people from seeing them.