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Thursday, February 19, 2009

With all the commotion over this whole Facebook thing lately, it seems a good time to ask just what you think is appropriate to post online. Some people post pictures, others refuse to do so. Some put their phone numbers on Facebook, others wouldn't think of it. Some plug in credit card information while others would never consider it.

Sometimes I get a little too free with the information I put out there, but Colleen is quick to point out that most people can look up your personal information online anyway. Seems there's nothing private these days.

So what do you think? Are you more reserved in your postings on Facebook, Twitter, My Space, and blogs, or do you think it doesn't really matter all that much? Where do you draw the line?

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 12:00 AM  
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At 4:57 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I post pictures, but no phone numbers or other really personal info. Definitely no credit card info. I read a pretty scary article about on-line identify theft. After that, I took off a lot of things I had listed previously.

Do you get a lot of people that you've never heard of asking to be your friend? I do. (Ignore! Block!) Some of them are real "creepers," as my daughter says.

At 6:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Not sure what you meant about credit card info. I buy stuff online all the time. Using your credit card online is actually safer than using it in a store. I know several people who have had info stolen after using their card at a restaurant.

I wouldn't post my phone number on Facebook because I wouldn't want the calls! LOL Or my address because someone might show up at my door with their ms in hand.

Other than that, I don't worry about it. I post pictures and talk about all kinds of things.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm not saying credit card information online is or isn't safe, I'm just saying some people refuse to put it out there because they fear it isn't safe. Some people have no problem with it whatsoever.

It's individual preferences that interest me. How far do we go in putting things into cyberspace and why or why not.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I buy stuff online all the time with a credit card. I'm not on Facebook and Twitter kind of creeps me out. (Talk about a stalker's playground!) On my blog I don't post phone numbers or addresses, but I do some pictures and I've mentioned my kids by name. I know people that won't do that.
For the most part, anything I put on my blog is stuff I'm comfortable with any Joe Average knowing. Otherwise it doesn't go on there.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

So I should stop looking for you address online then, Colleen? ;)

I'm not too concerned about stuff online except of course phone #'s and addresses. I'm not afraid someone will show up at my front door with a ms, it's more my natural beauty that I'm afraid will draw people
(again, kidding)

I usually post pics and stuff that I would lament if someone took and used somewhere, but then I'm not usually that worried about it. With the millions of pictures online, I'm not sure my pictures are going to stand out as "stealable" (I made that word up, do you like it?)

I just try to make sure my postings reflect a Godly testimony (riddled with sarcasm - that could be bad), so if anyone reads it my character isn't in question. Of course, being the wife of a youth pastor makes me really aware of the image being portrayed on Facebook. I've learned that innocently wearing a Halloween rubber bat "miller lite" ring in a picture can lead 10 Freshman boys to question whether you go out boozing on Friday nights. That wasn't fun, but we talked it through. Amazing what kids pick up on.

Am I rambling again on someone else's blog? I am. Shush, Jaime.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I meant to say "wouldn't lament" (in reference to pics) - goes to show I should put my glasses on when typing, huh?

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Barb said...

If you want some insight into someone, look at his/her Facebook page. It can be a revelation. I work sometimes with a girl who is a PK. By looking at her Facebook page, I would wonder if she even attends church. On the other hand, it is an opportunity to lift people up in prayer.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Jaime!!!

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I am on Facebook every single day and I have no idea what's going on. I just use it for fun. I read something about people getting all up in arms about privacy and their professional life and whatnot, but Facebook was NOT intended for professionals. It was intended as a social networking tool for college students. It irks me that a whole new group of people has joined and think that it should now cater to them and it wasn't intended for them.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I had pictures posted of my boys and deleted them all. The picture I kept was of myself.

I kept my account open so I can stay in touch with my friends, but no more family photos, etc.

At 7:11 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I go in with the attitude that it better not be anything I don't mind the whole world seeing.

I don't post my year of birth (aside from the fact I don't want people to know I'm 40-something-ish - oh, wait, now you know that), my address, phone number, etc. Identity theft is too rampant to give them an easy in. As far as inappropriate content, I don't live my life that way, so there's nothing to worry about. I limit who I approve on Facebook so there's no chance that they will be inappropriate on my page. I'm confident enough in my friends and content that my pastor is on my page, lol.


At 7:48 AM, Blogger Ivo Serentha and Friends said...

Greetings from Italy,good luck


At 12:09 AM, Blogger Nan W said...

My 72 year old mom just signed up on facebook today! I had sent her a link to see pictures of her new great-grandson (My first grandchild, yay!) and she decided to go ahead and make herself a profile on there too.

I've been using facebook for a few months now, and it's a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. In fact, we were posting status updates from the hospital during my daughter's labor. LOL


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