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October 13, 2012

Everything you put on Facebook is public

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Still believe in the fantasy that you control who sees what you put on Facebook?

Santa Claus has a present for you.

How much more evidence do people need before they finally wake up and smell the coffee?  


You can sequester pictures, information, and anything you like and pretend it's only for selected family and friends to but guess what? Any one of those family members and friends can inadvertently expose or transmit your secrets to the world at large.

Don't take my word for it: Read today's Wall Street Journal front page story for heartbreaking examples of people whose naivete and trust in Facebook's privacy controls resulted in the destruction of their private lives.

Guess what: They're just the tip of the iceberg.

Don't get me wrong: I love Facebook.

But every single thing I place on my profile is done with full awareness that anyone on the planet might see it.

If you believe Facebook can keep your private stuff private, then by all means carry on as you are.

But you're a fool for doing so.

October 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Permalink


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JoeP, I'll see you and raise you one. Author unknown:
(hope this fits!)

I am the very model of a Facebook personality.
I intersperse obscenity with tedious banality.
Addresses I have plenty of, both genuine and ghosted too,
On all the countless Facebooks that my drivel is cross-posted to.
Your bandwidth I will fritter with my whining and my snivelling,
And you're the one who pays the bill, downloading all my drivelling.
My enemies are numerous, and no-one would be blaming you
For cracking my head open after I've been rudely flaming you.

I hate to lose an argument (by now I should be used to it).
I wouldn't know a valid point if I was introduced to it.
My learning is extensive but consists of mindless trivia,
Designed to fan my ego, which is larger than Bolivia.
The comments that I vomit forth, disguised as jest and drollery,
Are really just an exercise in unremitting trollery.
I say I'm frank and forthright, but that's merely lies and vanity,
The gibberings of one who's at the limits of his sanity.

If only I could get a life, as many people tell me to;
If only Mom could find a circus freak-show she could sell me to;
If I go off to Zanzibar to paint the local scenery;
If I lose all my fingers in a mishap with machinery;
If I survive to twenty, which is somewhat problematical;
If what I post was more mature, or slightly more grammatical;
If I could learn to spell a bit, and maybe even punctuate;
Would I still be the loathsome and objectionable punk you hate?

But while I have this tiresome urge to prance around and show my face,
It simply isn't safe for normal people here in cyberspace.
To stick me in Old Sparky and turn on the electricity
Would be a fitting punishment for my egocentricity.
I always have the last word; so, with uttermost finality,
That's all from me, the model of a Facebook personality

Posted by: jim` | Oct 16, 2012 1:59:06 AM


Her name is Lolita.
She’s got Double D’s.
She’s bold and she’s beautiful;
She’s eager to please.

She’s got five hundred friends;
She’s charming and wise.
They flock to her photos;
She’s so easy on the eyes.

Oh so lovely, dark, mysterious.
But that’s not just a fake tan.
That’s one fake old photograph.
That’s one smart old man.


Posted by: JoePeach | Oct 14, 2012 11:12:59 AM

Only two can keep a secret if one is dead.

That said, I use the privacy guard on my FB simply to make it harder for others to get to the info...not to stop it completely. Or to make others search harder to annoy them.

Have some confidence. What you post is you. If it gets out, so be it.

Posted by: clifyt | Oct 14, 2012 9:42:51 AM

I could not get the link in the article to work, but this one worked for me if you want to see the entire article:

Posted by: Carol | Oct 14, 2012 9:27:48 AM

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