As technology continues to grow so does the many ways we communicate with our friends and family. It almost seems like privacy is a thing of the past. With Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace we are now giving a play by play of our lives in real-time. But, did we ever stop and think that not JUST our friends and family are reading our status updates?
The problem is...I don't know this person. AT ALL! Now I have a "friend" on my Facebook that can now view all my personal pictures, everything that I have written about my personal life, and the thing that scares me the most....check ins.
Checking in to Facebook and other sites is fairly new. I guess talking and tweeting about being somewhere wasn't enough. Now we can check in to places. At the Rebecca Black concert? Just whip out your mobile phone with GPS capabilities and check in with Facebook. There, now everyone on your friends list knows EXACTLY where you are. Remember that person I added a couple of seconds ago? Well now that person knows where I am too. And...where I am NOT. Where I am NOT is home.
Luckily, I don't really add strangers to my "personal" Facebook page. I have other Facebook accounts with different aliases for my games. But, I know that about 95% of the game friends I add use their personal account.
I believe that a good rule of thumb with any social networking site is ... If you wouldn't want the whole world knowing what you are writing or where you are, DO NOT over use the check in features! I don't care how many "privacy" settings there are...I am not going to put my personal life in some strangers hands and hope that they don't let it fall into the wrong hands. Especially when these "hands" are imaginary..they are in cyber space..how trustworthy can "nothing" be?