Category Archives: Facebook

Social Media Blog: Are Your Social Profile and Status Updates TMI?

Online profiles offer a load of personal information to anyone who knows how to search online. Besides your profile on social networks, have you considered the information you are posting online?

Online users in their need to "connect" and "interact" are sharing so much information only that it's making them vulnerable to criminals. The Digital Criminal, published by a reformed burglar Michael Fraser, provides some very eye-opening statistics which I am sharing below:

  • Approximately 38% of users publish their holiday plans on Twitter and Facebook. I used to be one of those 38% until last year.
  • 33% of people have posted status updates telling everyone that they were away for the weekend.
  • 17% of users can see other people's residential information on totally public profiles

Michael Fraser is correct when he calls social network statuses as "internet shopping for burglars". People are not only telling others that they are out but are also providing coordinates of where they are. Do we even realize what we are doing when we are baring all information for others to see.

Are you connecting with perfect strangers? Is your personal information easily viewable? Are you giving out details about vacation and travel plans readily?

So friends and colleagues, THINK whether you are giving out TMI meaning TOO MUCH INFORMATION.

Here are some other findings from the Digital Report  – remember, a little is a lot on social networks!

  • Younger people share more information with perfect strangers – parents beware
  • 34% of study participants shared that they seen personal phone numbers on people's profiles
  • People are sharing cell phone and home addresses with perfect strangers
  • Men are more open with their information than women

 
Next time you tweet or update your Facebook or Buzz status,  think whether the information can make you vulnerable to a criminal activity.
 

Social Media Blog: Interesting Study about Social Networks and News Reporting

Ok, so I'm not surprised that many US reporters and editors use social media sites for researching information for their stories. Research conducted by Cision company shows that Google and Wikipedia make up top sources for reporters researching stories.

Hmm…. Wikipedia? Seriously?

The good news from the same study is that 96% of the reporters go to corporate websites. And interestingly, 89% of journalists use blogs to research their stories.

Thank the lord that "while social media is supplementing the research done by journalists, it is not replacing editors' and reporters' reliance on primary sources, fact-checking and other traditional best practices in journalism" as reported by Heidi Sullivan, Vice President of Research for Cision.

Why do I say "thank the lord"? Well, we all know that microblogging, blogging, and social networking sites are primarily "opinion" driven. If reporters relied on those sources for information for their stories, I would think that accuracy of the content could be in questionable.

But all in all, all these studies continue to highlight our collective dependency on social networks, blogs, and search engines. And even then, businesses aren't making online marketing a priority tactic for the viability of their business. Sigh!