Privacy Starts With Ones Ability To STOP Irresponsibly OVERSHARING

Privacy and oversharing
Social Media has presented us all with the opportunity to engage, share and increase dialogue with many people. The super quick growth of social media has also opened the door to much more with how employers are dealing with social media, individuals, privacy issues, over sharing and much more. YES, I said it OVER SHARING!

 

I hear so much about Privacy this and privacy that, oh my god Facebook is Invading my privacy again, blah, blah, blah-blah BLAH!  Firstly, there is no such thing as privacy as we’ve known it, we are not living in the 80’s.   If that is what you are looking for you could very easily just quit all of your social media channels and then simply turn OFF your computer. However we all know that is not going to happen.

 

The third thing that a person could do to make sure their privacy has not been compromised by social media channels,  is to STOP OVER SHARING. Yes, I said it AGAIN. I noticed that the people that yell the loudest about their privacy being invaded by Facebook and various other social media channels are the ones that are the most guilty of over sharing.

 

There are just some things that need to remain private and I am not talking about funny little antics that have taken place during a persons day that others will find funny and uplifting. I am talking about some the the disturbing things that people share by way of status update that we just do not want to look at, hear about or would ever want permanaently branded into our brains. Before you post anything online ask yourself if you’d like to see what you plan to share floating through your newsfeed.

 

Things that I am pretty sure no one wants to see:

  • We do not want to see what your cat ate and then expelled from its body.
  • We do not want to see a video of your c-section, minute for minute and in its entirety. I had a c-section and I didn’t want to be in the room to watch my own procedure. Seriously, this is NOT Facebook newsfeed going viral sort of content.
  • We do not want to hear about hurling, burping, pooping, farting, scratching and most importantly we don’t want pictures either.

 

I say all of this to make the point that privacy starts with you and your ability to have an awareness about what information that you select to share. If you do not post out of bounds pics, say inappropriate things, share distasteful video you limit the chances of this information coming back to bite you.

 

As we move ahead with social media and social sharing we should utilize the privacy options that all social media platforms have in place. However most importantly we MUST develop an awareness about the information that we share.  The golden sharing rule that I abide by is, I only post something that I would not be ashamed to show my father, son or grandmother.

 

The take away: Think before you share and share responsibly!

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Anise Smith has a Masters Degree in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. She is President and Director of Anise Smith Marketing which specializes in New Media Marketing Strategies such as Mobile Web, QR code Products, Virtual World Integration and more. She has clients primarily focused in the entertainment and music industries which include music producers, artists, managers and booking agents. Anise is also the Digital Marketing Specialist of a Full services healthcare Company, located in Cherry Hill, NJ. She uses her healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing background to implement cutting edge digital marketing strategies that merge traditional and digital mediums. She is in charge of creating and implementing marketing strategies for seven internal health services brands. Her strategy for a new media marketing mix includes digital marketing, social media optimization, web analytics, video creation/editing, eCommerce platforms, mobile web readiness, custom CMS driven iFrame pages, custom branded WordPress layouts, building traditional/digital brand awareness and more. Her ultimate goal is to merge traditional marketing with digital marketing strategies to increase brand awareness, increase exposure and potentially increase sales online and offline within the health care services industry. She also works as an advocate for a soon to be non profit organization which provides college and educational resources for inner city kids, Urban Freshman. When she is not online she is a rabid Philadelphia EAGLES Fan, closet Foodie and single mom to a miniature male version of herself.

Posted on April 6, 2012, in Facebook, Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Anise, the golden rule at the end of your post is brilliant! General sociability is spontaneous and fun, but social media adds the element of audience and longevity that have to be considered. A great post (as always).

  2. lol I haven’t saw a bunch of the bullets you pointed out, but that’s probably because Facebook has effectively purged it from my feed (finally got something right EdgeRank!).

    When I saw “oversharing”, I thought you meant the people that shared content indiscriminately just for the sake of sharing another piece of content, which I’m guilty of (all of us are to an extent thanks to Triberr), and that’s probably another thing that hurts people’s privacy. Making Noise: Not a good way to stay under the radar. You’re absolutely right about turning the computer off – that’s the best way to preserve your privacy. It is a serious discussion, especially since it was one of the tenants that out country was founded on (right up there with free spech!), but if you’re seriously concerned with protecting it, you’re definately not going to shout from the highest rooftop, which is really what Facebook is.

    This article strikes a chord with regular users, so I’m guessing that this is fairly prevalent and universally disliked, despite privacy lol

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