I’ve noticed lately that several people in my life have multiple personality disorders: two or more Facebook profiles. When I ask them why they do this, it’s always because they want to be friends with people, but not allow them to see certain things on in their profile. I then walk them through my post about how to protect your privacy on Facebook, but by that point, its too late. They’ve already accepted and communicated with people via the alias.
I wonder why so many people have such little knowledge of Facebook’s great privacy provisions? People are willing to post and share their most personal details but not to protect it. This has only been made more apparent by the recent turmoil over Facebook’s new Terms of Service.
Privacy is something that proves more allusive the more inclusive you get. Its made even more so when you provide information online, where it potentially lives forever and can be reproduced by whomever. With more and more people following you on Twitter or requesting Facebook friendship, I think its time to ask yourself ‘how much privacy do I want?’.
I recently discovered that more and more people from my job are following me on Twitter and asking to be added on Facebook. Facebook was easy, because a ‘limited profile’ option has already been set up. Twitter is the one area that caused a minor panic.
I decided that the things I say on Twitter are who I am, they are nothing new or out of left field if you know me. It is not my job and my job is not who I am. Becoming more personal via Twitter has opened up much more for me in the way of communication than a strict ‘business only’ mentality has. “Practice what you preach” came to mind regarding transparency. Therefore, I decided to let the Twitter chips fall where they may, and only clean up my work related rants. :)
How has privacy, Facebook/Twitter or otherwise been an issue for you personally and/or professionally? Do you experience the same people with multiple profiles?