dos and don'ts of online sharing
The phrase "my life is an open book" takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to oversharing on Facebook and other online social media websites. Two social media experts weigh in on why online sharing can lead to problems.
"What you put up on social media sites, stays there forever," warns attorney Areva Martin. Martin has seen many cases of people fired from their jobs because of personal online activities. as well as divorce cases where a Facebook and Twitter message proves their infidelity (DOH!). To avoid problems in your real life, Martin suggests the following:
Areva Martin's Online Tips
1. Know your privacy settings [Facebook can be pretty tricky]
2. If other people post questionable content on your wall, delete immediately.
3. Use common sense (if you wouldn't say it, don't post it)
4. Need to vent? Call someone on the phone or meet in person.
Social media expert Julia Allison also shares her own "Netiquette" tips.
Julia Allison's #1 Tip
To be totally clear what you're sharing with the world, sit in person with a friend (and two computers). Unfriend each other on FB, then look at one another's profiles to see what the rest of the world sees. You might be surprised at how much is public and not just seen by Facebook "friends."
Areva Martin and Julia Allison recently appeared on The Ricki Lake Show's "To Share Or Not To Share" episode.