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Are you going too public with your private life?

Facebook privacy should be taken seriously and like it or not, a quick glance at your Facebook page reveals an awful lot of information about yourself. When you fill in your profile details, you give away everything. I could look at your profile now and tell you which primary school you attended, where you went to secondary school, and where you went to university.

I can find out where you have worked, where you work currently, your sexual persuasion, your political views, your date of birth, and your email address. I can even find out what your favourite films are, what music you like listening to and what bars you like drinking in.

Drunken amnesia

…Speaking of bars and boozing, remember when you went out last week and drank all those tequila shots? You ended the night by dancing on a table, snogging a random stranger and sticking a beer mat to your forehead? Don’t worry if you have no recollection, because the photographs are all there and tagged – what a great way to remember a wild evening of debauchery.

And if I can view such intimate information about your (occasionally) wild private life, then so can your family, your colleagues, and most worryingly of all, any future employers.facebook privacy

More trouble than it’s worth?

Indeed, many top executives and people in the public eye – such as teachers and politicians – refuse to have Facebook profiles. Despite alleged privacy settings, incriminating photographs and information can still get into the public domain. But that seems a little bit extreme, because we all love to mess about on Facebook, so how can you make your profile work for you, as opposed to against you?

Don’t commit professional suicide

If you’re looking for a new job, then chances are, your potential new boss will scope you out on Facebook as soon as you walk out of the interview, so making your profile palatable should be your priority.

Untag unsavoury photos

Yes, it may seem laborious working through your back catalogue of crazy profile pics, and untagging yourself from friend’s photo albums, but it can be well worth the endeavour. Although most of us like to drink and party occasionally, if you regularly partake in wild weekend antics, and then post the photos online, this will not portray the best image to your new boss, especially if your job involves operating heavy machinery, early morning starts, or a great amount of responsibility, such as being a nurse. Also, send quick message to friends, asking them not to tag you in such poses.

Keep it cheerful

If you are always moaning and whingeing on Facebook, or posting pointless spammy links and invites to vacuous games, then perhaps it’s time to think more about your nature of your content. Try to keep your posts positive, informative and relevant. Also make sure they are spelt correctly and punctuated properly – if you post sloppy or dull updates, this is not presenting your best side to the world, or that new boss. After all, you said in your CV that you were intelligent and meticulous, with an interest in the works of Shakespeare…

Go highbrow

Speaking of Shakespeare, you could always spruce up your literary, film and musical interests. Even if you just studied Shakespeare at school, and only own one classical music CD, it wouldn’t harm to mention this in your profile. And although this is a slightly sneaky tactic, you could always check out the likes and dislikes of senior managers and adapt your profile accordingly. If your taste in literature doesn’t extend much beyond the Beano, then you can always check out novel synopses on sites like manyagem.com. Or just watch the film.

Mind the foul mouthfacebook privacy

Facebook is the perfect place to let off steam and have a jolly good rant and peppering your updates with four letter expletives can be wonderfully therapeutic. Try to keep swearing, ranting and obscene jokes out of the public eye – you wouldn’t swear on your CV or in an interview, so why do it on Facebook? And if you have strong political, racial or religious views, remember your new colleagues may not be of the same persuasion.

Prune your timeline

Of course, it’s practically impossible to keep up-to-date with what friends post on your wall, but it’s a good thing to check your timeline occasionally, deleting anything which may be offensive.

Alter your privacy settings

In the past, Facebook has been criticised for making private information about individuals far too easy to obtain. Since then, they have increased their security settings, which means you can lock your profile away from prying eyes. In theory, at least. Tagged photos can still escape into the public domain, or even the media, and top brass could easily access your profile, via the account of another colleague who you are friends with.

With today’s incredibly intimate social media revealing so much about who we are, what we do, what we like, and other such information, presenting your best public face is in your best interest.

Now how about spending 20 minutes going through your profile, and making it as pleasant and positive as possible? Your new job could depend on it.

 

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About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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