Not whether or not you’re a creep, it’s whether or not you have creeps looking at you. Not right now, on the internet silly!
Privacy is a hot topic at the moment, and Facebook is taking most of the heat. Unfortunately, they are simply the top dog at the moment and not the only social network to have changed their privacy policies without notice. We still don’t think it’s playing very nice, though.
There are things that are, and have never been, up to you. The fact that you are on a social network obliges you to share a certain number of things such as name, profile image and location, to name a few. Some networks require you to share more than others, but those three items are most often mandatory. If you aren’t okay with that, no worries, you can always set up a limited personal profile without your photo and using the companies name on Facebook in order to partake on a professional level. If you are okay with it, then you should proceed and pay attention to the things that you do control (which some believe is less than others).
In case you aren’t sure about how to set your privacy options on Facebook, which in our experience is more than a few in the crowd, we’ve put together a quick video tutorial to help you out. So, make sure you’ve run through the video in case you have left anything open to the world.
The scary part of the scenario is that without becoming a hermit on the top of some reclusive mountain, you are doomed to make it onto the internet in some way. You don’t even have to be on any social networks to get your mug up for others to see. A previous colleague was always so proud that he had practiced abstinence when it came to social networks and that nothing about him was ‘on the grid.’ Except for on everyone’s Christmas Party albums on Facebook with him tagged in plain text at the bottom of the image. Bottom line: no one is safe. The term ‘Facebook policy’ has real meanings when it comes to what is out there on you.
So, what is your creepfactor? Go to www.pipl.com and enter your name to see how much dirt you’ve left out in the open then re-visit any of your pages and make sure that no creeps can peek into your personal life. At least the one’s you don’t know…