I am on Face Book

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I just had to see what all the fuss was about so I signed up to Face Book recently. I was amazed to find that this phenomenon is not just limited to teenagers but that a surprising number of my more mature ‘contacts’ were already registered, many of them no doubt out of curiosity.
My apologies if you received an invitation from me – I won’t be offended if you don’t accept.
Obviously the issue of personal information and privacy is of interest to me so the article,  Social networkers ripe for ID theft, again from Ian Williams, vnunet.com 23 Jul 2007, rang all sorts of bells and included some sensible advice from Equifax:

  • Do not include common verification such as date of birth or mother’s maiden
    name
  • Use privacy settings on profiles so that only close friends can view the
    information
  • Do not publish holiday dates or other information that could leave you
    vulnerable to break-ins
  • Do not publish information which could ruin your chances of a new job, as
    potential employers often search social networking sites
  • Be wary of everyone. Photos and profiles are often deceptive

I am delighted to say that one of my ‘new best friends’ is Richard Holway who is also interested in the corporate use of these social networks. See his blog on this subject here.
It is not surprising that organisations are trying to ban employees using these networks. I don’t believe banning is the answer so I am exploring ways that we can use the PAOGA technology within social networks like Face Book to address these concerns.
Any suggestions?

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One Response to I am on Face Book

  1. Gammydodger October 24, 2007 at 7:54 am #

    I am in the process of creating a separate online persona – one where I am more in control of what personal information I give away to whom.
    As I do this I am trying to work out what is safe and what is not and through what medium I should be managing this data. As long as the data remains fragmented and disparate, it is probably quite safe, but as information is tagged and related, the risk factor increases.
    Sifting through some of my public domain information, I came across some photos in Facebook, not quite embarrassing, but I’d rather they weren’t there – I was tagged in the photographs. A very powerful feature of Facebook, but potentially very scary.
    The online persona is documented here:
    http://www.realtea.net/?q=who_is_gammydodger

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