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What I Won't Be Posting on Facebook

What I Won't Be Posting on FacebookSocial media has become commonplace in today's tech-savvy culture.  I just read recently that even regular featured phones are predicted to go the way of the do-do bird in the next 10 years thanks to the portability, availability and user-friendliness of the smartphone.  Places like Facebook and Twitter can be used to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends, promote your real estate business, find long lost high school buddies or to keep up with your favorite TV shows, personalities and brands you love.

The down side of all this "sharing" is that some people tend to "overshare".  While the words you write on social media sites may not be set in literal stone, they are out there for all the world to see and read.  This includes your mother, your boss, your co-workers and would-be thieves.  So, dear readers, here is a list of what I won't be posting on Facebook and I encourage you not to as well:

Location - Call me paranoid, but I keep thinking "Big Brother" when Facebook asks me if I want to verify my location when posting a status update.  If I want you to know where I am so you can join me, fine.  But, no one other than my husband really needs to know where I am at all times.  Besides, shouting that you have finally realized your dream of a 10-day European vacation is advertising to Facebook-trolling thieves that the contents of your household are open for the taking and no one will notice for a week and a half.  Yikes!

My New Toy - Yes, I am so happy that your new 52" LCD TV has a picture so clear it makes looking out the window seem grainy in comparison and that brand new $1200 Sony VAIO has really changed your life (apparently).  I repeat, however, that you're just giving thieves something to check off their "must-have" lists.  Don't invite thieves to do their early Christmas shopping in your home.

Party Pics - Now, I like to have a good time like anyone else.  But my idea of a good time doesn't include getting blitzed out of my mind on Yaeger bombs.  That doesn't always hold true for others.  So, before you post that photo of feeling "free" on the nude beaches of Europe or how sloppy drunk you were at the company Christmas party, consider that these photos can be viewed by anyone in your circle and whomever they choose to share them with in their circle (who then tell their friends, who then tell their friends and so on and so on).  This means they can eventually get back to your boss, your preacher or your mother (...children).  Is that the impression you want to make?  I know it's not the one I want people to remember me by.

Those are just a few of the things I will not be posting to Facebook anytime soon.  I strongly encourage you to consider not posting them as well.  A good rule of thumb to follow when posting anything on Facebook is what my daughter told my grandson when he started his Facebook account: "Don't post anything that you would be too embarrassed for Mom to see...cause she WILL."

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant – Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn’t Enough of You to Go Around!

Originally posted on my Real Estate Support blog here: http://real-estate-support.com/2011/10/what-i-wont-be-posting-on-facebook/.

Comment balloon 4 commentsPamela Cendejas • October 20 2011 04:45PM

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I agree with you! I recently reconnected with old friends and they had alot of pics with alcohol. I wondered if they were ever gonna grow up.

Posted by Pam Graham, Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties (All Real Estate Options) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pam - Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.  But, for me, I'll just keep my private life private.  Not a real page turner anyway.  ;o)

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

I am glad you reminded everyone not to talk about their plans to leave on vacation. When they leave and where they

are going to stay. You can always post your pictures when you get back home.

 When I had taken Neighborhood Watch

classes at the Police Dept. they stated a lot of thieves just go thru F/B to find info. on their next victims.

 They look for new cars, leaving on vacations etc.

Thank you for etiquette and safety tips for F/B

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Hi Windy - Thanks for your response, Windy.  Something else to remember is that potential employers, colleges, clients, etc. may be doing a Facebook search to determine if they want to contact you.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

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