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Do Social Networks Invade Your Privacy?

no entry signWith a growing number of professional, educational and recreational ‘networks’ on Facebook are individual users losing the freedom to behave in a way that they deem fit?

In the past few months we’ve read about Oxford University students being fined for their post exam celebrations and how employers are using facebook to do background checks on job applicants; but if you thought all that was bad the worst is still to come.

Yesterday Jeremiah Owyang form Web-Strategist.com commented on what happens when parents try to ‘socially interact’ with their children. He goes on to suggest a handy crisis management template for any parents faced with a similar predicament. (The template may need slight modification for usage in the UK but you’ll get the general idea.)

So as social networking is becoming overrun with all those authoritative figures that we signed up to facebook to escape from what’s next… possibly a question for Web 2.5 beta !!

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  • Katrina

    You’ve got to be careful what you put on the Internet.

    Social networking sites such as Facebook make it so easy to publish information, pictures and comments, and it’s easy to forget that it is potentially visible to anyone with an Internet connection.

    We could do with guidelines on Social Networking etiquette; you mentioned a prime example – what do you do if your parent/child requests you as a friend? The nature of the content you publish is likely to determine who you would be happy to share with.

    And who moderates comments about you, and photos of you? With Facebook, they’re published via RSS to your whole network whether you’re prepared or not!

    I think we’re still on damage limitation 0.1 alpha.