Facebook made its first appearance when I was a junior in college, when you still had to have an e-mail address from a school that had actually signed up to be on Facebook in order to be active on the social media site. I guess it provided us an incorrect sense of security due to the fact that my friends and I naively presumed that the rule of having to have a college email address to be on Facebook would help to keep a great deal of the creeps off of the site.
I do not believe I believed much about privacy at the time. Facebook was really the first social media site that I had any interaction with, so I didn’t actually consider who could see my profile and the pictures that I shared. Throughout my first main date with my hubby, nevertheless, he thought he slyly worked a few things he had seen on my Facebook profile into the conversation. This was still during the early Facebook days, and this was probably the very first time that I understood how public your Facebook profile truly is.
As time went on, Facebook started letting anybody and everyone have an account, and it became far more than just a college social networking site. I still remember my dad sending me a Facebook friend demand and how strange I believed it was at the time to envision my parents connecting on social media. Amusing enough, my friends and I find that our moms and dads (55+ audience) are now the most active on Facebook. In fact, as of January 2014, the 55+ group on Facebook consisted of roughly 28 million users, making it the fastest growing group on the social media website. At this moment, you probably shouldn’t put anything online that you would not desire your moms and dads, colleagues or children to see.
When I started working in Corporate America, I played a role in helping to hire students right out of college for my former organization’s Management Development Program. Can you guess exactly what among our tools was to talk to candidates? That’s right. Facebook. Remarkably, a number of our candidates at the time had actually not taken advantage of Facebook’s privacy functions, so pictures of all of their late night celebration shenanigans were readily available to the general public. Yes, I think I was one of those creepy Facebook stalkers that had a look at profiles of people I had never even fulfilled in the past, and yes, specific photos absolutely reduced a person’s opportunities of landing a job. That being stated, you need to double check your privacy settings until you apply for a new job, and keep anything somewhat non expert personal while you are utilized.
As a company owner, I likewise suggest you constantly keep your Facebook privacy settings in mind. While you desire your brand name’s Facebook profile readily available for all of the public to see it, your personal life needs to remain individual. A lot of intimate individual information might impact how your audience interacts with your brand on social media, particularly if they touch on controversial issues.