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Posted on 06/20/2011 3:07:56 PM PDT by PubliusInFlorida
If youre still not using any of the privacy settings on Facebook, heres the most compelling reason why you need to change that as soon as possible. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given the thumbs up to Social Intelligence Corp, which keeps files of Facebook users posts as part of a background-checking service for screening job applicants. The FTC decided Social Intelligence complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the same set of rules that keeps your bill-payment records on file with the consumer bureaus for seven years, according to Forbes. Thats how long your social media postings remain in Social Intelligences records. Even if you delete an embarrassing photo or bawdy status update, the material could stay in your file for seven years, during which time it might be used against you if a prospective employer were to use the agencys services to screen applicants. This ups the ante on prospective employers simply Googling you or even looking for you on Facebook and other sites by now, many job hunters know enough to clean up their profiles when looking for work. Social Intelligence would have the goods on you before you cleaned up your online act, dating back seven years. We can only suspect that if Social Intelligence has the go-ahead to operate in this capacity, other start-ups might follow. Thats all the more reason to err on the safe side and use Facebooks privacy settings to their fullest. Readers, does learning about services like Social Intelligence make you want to recheck your security settings or start using them if you havent done so already?
They have a canine’s version of Facebook now....called FaceBark.
I have no use for either.
Glad I’ve never used Facebook.
However, I wonder whether we have reached the point to where NOT being on Facebook would be considered a ‘negative’ by a potential employer.
Big brother on steriods.
Another reason to not use FB.
Great....add another 250,000 to the unemployment ranks.
FB just opens you up to all sorts of nasty stuff. Nope, don’t want anything to do with it.
“However, I wonder whether we have reached the point to where NOT being on Facebook would be considered a negative by a potential employer.”
Yes...because obviously you are anti-social.
Just don’t post pics of your latest party.....or of where you live or what you live in, or what possessions you have. Don’t post your political views, religious views or personal views. Don’t make friends with people you don’t know in real life.
The Founders spin in their graves as Tyranny increases daily.
For that matter, what’s to keep an employer from requiring you to open up your privacy settings so they can see it?
The company I work for has a policy that says you can’t say anything about them on social media without permission, although I don’t think they’ve ever tried to enforce it. I don’t talk about my job and I’m not friends with any of the clowns from work anyway.
It’s hard not to use it.
I’ve never liked facebook, but lots of friends do, and after a lot of cajoling, I signed up. The non-privacy attitude of folks on the site scared me. They post maiden names, schools they went to, things they like, causes, etc, and they are very easy to see, especially if you have a mutual friend, and even if you don’t.
People will write they underwent surgery. They always go to certain places. Etc.
I finally gave in and created a RL F/B page so I can stay in touch with my family and a VERY SMALL circle of friends.
I lied about my b/date and post NO information (I email people — no posts, no “likes,” no comments, no nothing) and have all the privacy settings to the highest possible settings. The underlying email address has my name in it but I delete all emails (inbound and outbound) every day and clear spam.
Even so, I am already being spammed 10X from before when I joined (even with all the so-called “security” settings) and have random “friend me” requests from people I have never heard of (I block them) and am seriously thinking it was a bad idea.
I can’t believe how much information my friends and family post on FB. It would take a child of 12 to put it all together to create an identity close enough to the RL people to be accepted, friended then run with the fake ID.
I love my family and respect my friends but they are all dumber than dirt.
God damned stupid if you ask me. I've gotten into arguments with a relative of mine that's a LEO - he loves putting pics of his wife, kids, the kids soccer games, vacation spots, etc. on FB.
Like no one with a grudge might ever seek retaliation.
Idiots are just BEGGING to have their identities stolen and used for bad when they post every possible inanity on FB.
All it takes is one “right click” and it's saved forever.
The Facebook haters will flock to this thread like moths to a light.
Facebook is no more dangerous than FR. Just lock it down and don’t share your social security number.
You folks think your anonymous hiding behind a screen name?
Stolen identities? I can get more information about you from the county auditor’s website than I can from Facebook!
Go shoo some children out of your yard and take your Geritol.
And it’s the left click not right click.
The whole point of Facebook is to put things out there for people to see.
My future employer will be looking at my Peony’s and Asiatic Lilies.
Even if you do use all the privacy settings, Facebook can, and has, many times, turn the settings off without notifying its customers. If you're not monitoring your page, etc. on a daily basis, your stuff could be exposed and you'd never know.
I did the 100% fake thing before but it was all but impossible to let my friends and family know I was me.
As far as ID theft — agreed.
And I think ALL of us know that Employers first check F/B and MS and TW — that beer bong night is cached FOREVER, whether someone saved it or not (there are techniques you can use to hit Google and yahoo cache).
There’s 0 information to get about me at any county office.
I don’t use geritol, maybe you ran out. Sounds like that’s your personal problem.
Unless your mouse buttons are reversed, right clicking on something, like a picture brings up the menu to save it.
>>You folks think your anonymous hiding behind a screen name?<<
I think so, yes. But I am splitting the difference. I post no info on F/B (not even comments to my tiny circle of family and friends). I don’t expand it and am not looking to do much more than stay in touch with my family and very close friends.
I won’t post a damn thing — I think this is the best we can do. My family is scattered all across the USA and all our attempts to put together shared sites have failed.
But F/B security clearly has some HUGE bugs — I can’t explain the increase in spam otherwise.
Don’t know you or your agenda; nor could I give a sh*t.
I told then what my alias is and we connected. Actually, several friends/relatives did the same thing and use aliases now.
“...is cached FOREVER” You got that right!!!
ID theft, robberies, stalkers...it's there for the taking on FB.
YMMV — at this time I feel OK.
I self-search pretty frequently.
But I still feel you should keep as small a interwebz footprint as possible.
If you're so damn brilliant tell me all about myself by going to my County auditor.
>> If you’re not monitoring your page, etc. on a daily basis, your stuff could be exposed and you’d never know.<<
That is my biggest irritation. You have to keep track and also warn your friends (a good reason to keep the circle small) NOT to post things like “remember the time we...”
If I see it degenerating, I will delete the account and call it a failed experiment.
I guess they’ll know all about my fake persona.
Hmm ... he thinks everyone he works with is a clown. Doesn't seem to be very much of a team player, does he?
Human Resource Mgr at balch3's place of employment
“But I still feel you should keep as small a interwebz footprint as possible.”
You’re 1,000,000% right!!!
I predict that this ruling by the FTC will ultimately result in the establishment of a new “sociability rating” similar to the current credit rating system used by lenders.
How long before we must actively monitor our “sociability” score in order to get/keep a job, obtain a security clearance, gain entrance to colleges and organizations, etc.?
Don’t work for an employer that would use such a screening criteria. Publicize those that do and ostracize them. I cannot understand why people assume such a posture of helplessness in the face of such an outrage. If they have a problem with something you’ve said, say it louder!
>>How long before we must actively monitor our sociability score in order to get/keep a job, obtain a security clearance, gain entrance to colleges and organizations, etc.?<<
This very moment the local news (Fox btw) ran a story that people who are not on FB face “smaller social networks” (ya think??) and “less likely to vote” (needs a look at the methodology).
But there is that possibility — THX1138 suggested that the Medicine cabinet would track your drug use to make sure you are taking the ones the State determined it wanted you to take (to make you docile).
How long before NOT having FB (maybe StateBook?) makes you “obsolete” and “an enemy of the State?” (that will be the moment I delete my ID and go off the grid for good).
The same culture of corruption that has led to rampant identity theft in this country. The sale of personal social security numbers, banking information, employment information, property values, etc.
It’s one thing to walk into a court house, register to look a the records, and transcribe a figure or two, it’s another to download them wholesale and sell them to anyone and everyone.
This sh*tstorm’s been brewing since the 1980s when the lobbyists for commercial mailings bought congress.
You cannot delete a facebook account. You can take it offline, but as soon as you log back into FB, it’ll welcome you home. And all of your content is still uploaded there.
Uh, you can't delete the account. Okay, I'm sorry. You can go through the mechanics of deleting the account. Except the account will still be there. Inaccessible, but still there.
Joining Facebook is kinda like checking into the Hotel California in the Eagles song:
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door, I had to find the passage back to the place I was before, "Relax," said the night man, "We are programmed to receive, You can check out anytime you like... but you can never leave"Just one on many reasons Facebook is toxic.
I deleted a F/B account.
I asked for it to be deleted, confirmed and never went back. You can Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, Bing, etc. (active and cache) and it just doesn’t exist.
But you need to never touch it again.
>>Okay, I’m sorry. You can go through the mechanics of deleting the account. Except the account will still be there. Inaccessible, but still there.<<
Well, there are no data associated with it AND I will of course delete the underlying email account.
No data+no email account capable of catching SPAM=Pretty tiny footprint.
Even people who have NEVER signed onto the internet have an internet footprint. Just check that gawd-awful geneology site. They even list the SSNs of people who have passed away. Birth records are (except for the Kenyan Born) public records.
Better to actively manage it as best as you can...
Better than living in fear. If someone really wants to get info on me, you, or most anyone it's pretty straightforward, cheap and fast these days.
My daughter has wanted a FB account for a few years now. She’s 15 and my answer is still “No.”
As of today, my answer is “When you turn 18 and are legally responsible for your social postings, go for it. Until then, ain’t no way in hell!”
My Husband and I have never used Facebook.
My Husband and I will never use Facebook.
I just can’t wrap my head around posting your entire life for everyone to see.
But handing over everything on a silver platter doesn’t have sense to me.
>You folks think your anonymous hiding behind a screen name?<
I have nothing to hide, as my name is max americana...former boyfriend to 11 Victoria Secret supermodels, ex-secret agent and secret inventor of the Nascar block engine.