10 Golden rules of using Facebook

or an other social network.

[tweetmeme] Facebook has crossed 400 Million users online, and with the addition of more people comes the risk of something going wrong, meaning unreliable people and scams, phishing, identity thefts and of course the self inflicted fails. The inclusion of location based services are not only making interesting applications but are providing information that might not be what you want to portray, this is something that is highlighted in the new service Please rob me which shows the empty homes based on the location based service of their owners.

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These threats can however be negated by the users as all of us love using Facebook, In fact these days you are nobody if you are not on Facebook ! Facebook, twitter and the sorts are making our lives not only more truthful but also a bit more entertaining with the regretful posts and updates by people. Here are 10 Golden rules to use our beloved sites:

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  1. Pay attention to what you are posting online especially concentrating on what images and videos you are posting online and the information you choose to publish.
  2. Avoid posting sensitive information, be it personal or even professional.
  3. Verify all your contacts and do not accept friend requests from people you do not really know.
  4. Be careful how you portray your company, organization or bosses online, you never know what will hit you if you bad mouth your employers.
  5. Try not to mix your business contacts with your friend contacts.
  6. Your personal information and profile should be visible to only those people who you want it to be visible to.
  7. Be careful about what you publish about others and untag yourself from anything negative posted about you.
  8. If ever you get the time, read the full privacy policy and the condition and terms of use of the social network you choose.
  9. Use privacy-oriented settings (check who can see your pictures, who can contact you and who can add comments)
  10. Deactivate location based services as they are a serious threat to not only your online privacy but also your physical privacy.
      • misterjester
      • March 14th, 2010

      Thanks for that …

  1. Hi Melvin,

    This is a very handy post for those exploring the ever-expanding world of online social networking. Check out a similar post I wrote a couple of days ago: http://mansibhatia.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/think/ — there’s some interesting stuff in the comments section, too, I think.
    On another note, I love how elegant and easy-on-the-eyes your blog theme is.
    Looking forward to reading more of what comes out of Melvin’s Inquisitive Mind 🙂

      • misterjester
      • March 14th, 2010

      Thanks for that … and wow, you really have a conversation going on the blog. Looks like the topic is something of a crowd puller at the time being.

      The theme is by the way a standard theme from WordPress itself.

  2. Good and this should help newcomers to facebook as well as existing users.

      • misterjester
      • March 15th, 2010

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. hey, i think every facebook reader should read this one, basic and very important to keep in mind, Cheers!

      • misterjester
      • March 15th, 2010

      I hope people do … but usually they end up with Fails 😉

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