Are you sharing too much on Facebook?
This a question every Facebook user should be asking themselves.
I had to start using Facebook because the only emails in my inbox were from spammers or billers. The daily jokes or other emails from my friends had stopped. Facebook has become an integral part of our lives. Although it is a great tool for staying in touch with friends and family it has its own quirks, which, I realized after experimenting with the social network for a few months. The results of my experiment enabled me to start using Facebook intelligently.
Why should I not share too much on Facebook?
One thing you have to realize is that you are merely a “product’ to Facebook Inc. Why is that so? All the information you provide about yourself to Facebook is used by them for marketing purposes. Let’s examine the nuggets of information you provide to Facebook Inc.:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Marital Status
- Relationship to another individual on Facebook
- Home town and country
- Current town and country
- Schools attended
- Current employment
- Email Address
- Mobile number
- Your location(check in’s)
- Your views on various things
- Your favorite movies, books, songs, foods, etc.
We all have friends, but only a select few know all the above, and more about us. Providing this info to Facebook and not controlling who see’s this info is like putting a bill board in your front yard with all this information on it. How easy would it be for someone to impersonate you? I would think very!
Facebook uses this information for advertising purposes, how? When a product or brand wants to target a specific group of people they can create an ad via Facebook tools, in which they target the ads using all or some of the attributes you have provided to Facebook when creating the profile. This is why Facebook keeps on prompting for missing information from your profile, some of us give in and provide the requested information.
What should I do now?
If you are not after shopping and deals, and just on Facebook to sync up with friends and family, do the following, otherwise go crazy and share your guts out.
- Never use your date of birth, make up one for use on internet and use it on all free sites.
- Don’t mark family as family, as your family and you already know who is who.
- You don’t have to like a page to see the updates, create a list and add the pages you like to that particular list.
- Do not allow friends to tag you on the photos
Finding employment has always been a challenge. In the past your education was enough to land you a good opportunity. These days along with good education one also has to know the right people and have a level of engagement on social media. Following are common sites:
Besides these sites one also has to ensure enough exposure via job hunting sites like:
- Monster, and its various local sites like Monster Canada, Monster Gulf, etc….
All of the above sites do not ask the user for registration fees, as the employer who has posted on these sites pays the particular site if they are able to employ a suitable candidate through them. If a site is asking for registration fees, please do not register with them and avoid such sites altogether.
Privacy & Data Protection
When someone offers you a job, they should be asking you about your education and work experience only. They do not need to know any other details. This age we are currently now in, is all about data, everyone is after your personal information. Any site that offers you free registration where you provide as much information about yourself as possible in exchange for a certain service, you are a product in their eyes. One has to ensure that you keep following pieces of information to your heart and not share with anyone else, if they do ask for it, politely as why do they need to collect it:
- Date of Birth
- Fathers, mothers, siblings, and friends name
- Citizen Card ID number and details
- Passport number and details
- Bank details
- Credit card details
If someone has all this info on you then they can easily impersonate you, and it will be a very difficult task to get yourself out of that mess, it could take years and un-necessary tension.
Ensure you are using all the available tools on the internet and via your social network to look for employment ensuring that you share information necessary to land a job.
All the services on the internet which provide you email, social networking and various other “FREE” services are after your data, after all you are a product to them. Well there is a way to opt out of personalized advertising.
Opt out of Google personalized advertising:
- Sign into Google via Gmail, Google Plus, or any other Google service.
- Go to Ads Preferences Manager: https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/preferences/#general
- On the left you will see two options: Ads on Search, Ads on Web
- Under Ads on Search, click on the Opt Out link, which will display Opt Out button to the right
- Click the Opt Out button.
- You can always Opt In by repeating steps 1 & 2 above if you decide to do so at a later date.
- You can repeat the steps 1 through 5 for Ads on Web as well.
Opt out of Microsoft personalized advertising:
- Go to Microsoft’s Privacy in Advertising page: https://choice.microsoft.com/en-us
- The main opt out options are shown in blue tiles above, and they are described in 3 & 4 below.
- Microsoft opt-out(Opt out of receiving personalized ads from Microsoft Advertising platform).
- Industry opt-out(Opt-out from participating companies that provide personalized advertising).