Monday, July 23, 2012

Don't Put That on Facebook...

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Here's a picture of a yummy bacon sandwhich for no other reason than I thought it looked good.  If this were the year 2058, you'd be able to reach into the screen and pull that bacon sandwich out and eat it.  Unfortunately today, you'll just have to admire it.  :(  Technology can really suck sometimes.

It's Monday.  My Monday is going kinda sucky but that's ok.  I'm sleepy and really want to go back to bed but there are just too many things that need to be done today so napping will have to wait.

Today I want to talk about Facebook and social media in general.  Why?  Because there have been some interesting things popping up on there recently and I care about people.  (Kind of... well, most people... unless the post is just REALLY funny and I'm drawn back over and over again to see what other's are saying about it.)

I'm usually pretty picky about the things that I post onto social media websites.  The reason?  Because I don't want any future employers, writing clients or my family to see it and think that's who I am.  Facebook should not be a clothes line, a compromising position picture storage center or a venue to tell the world just anything.  Especially if you don't really know everyone on your friend's list in real life.

I know, I know, privacy settings.  Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't because there are always ways around them.  You may not be on my friend's list but if you were tagged in a pic where you are sprawled out on the sidewalk in a compromising position because you drank yourself into oblivion, chances are I can see that photo somewhere even if you think I can't.  Facebook privacy settings aren't as air tight as people are led to believe and don't think for a second that your post or photo can't end up somewhere else for the world to see because it CAN.

It's the internet, not your personal photo album that's sitting on your coffee table in your living room.

Sweets got me thinking about this again this morning when he questioned this update that I put on my Facebook page: 

Yes, I went dumpster diving.  I used to do it quite often but haven't in years.  It's an activity that some people think is disgusting and has the reputation of being something that only the poor and desperate turn to.  It used to be a hobby for me and I actually enjoy it because you just never know what you are going to get!  You can actually make money on other people's trash and in my opinion, it's no different than digging through some of the bins at your local Goodwill which can be quite disgusting at times (worse than most dumpsters), except for you aren't paying for what you find out of the dumpster.

Sweets didn't like the post and in all actuality, I can see his point because of the stigma associated with the activity.  

My rule of thumb when posting on Facebook is that if I wouldn't want my mother to see it, I don't post it and that goes with just about everything that I do online.

Facebook is extremely entertaining to me and here are few reasons why:

Your parents must be very proud of you.

*shakes head*  This is more common that people think.  I'm not a grammar nazi but I see mistakes like this a lot on Facebook.

This one I just thought was really funny.

Facebook truly is a gem for entertainment and worth it's weight in GOLD for a good laugh now and then.  Just please be careful what you post on social media websites.  You never know when it may come back to bite you in the ass.

Happy Monday my friends!



PS: Perfect example of what I said earlier that you just never know where those updates and photos will turn up... the last three screen shots came from a website that wasn't Facebook.

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