Social media has come a long way since MSN Messenger and MySpace. More than just an online chatroom, you could say social media makes the world go ‘round. After all, it’s a part of the reason major newspapers are shutting down (or going solely digital) and we use ‘DMs’ more than phone calls or in-person conversations. But does social media have to run your life or how much are you in control?
Marlene and Kathie brought Samantha Hartley - Social Media Consultant - to talk about social media privacy and etiquette. Click here to watch the segment.
Whether you’re a lurker or an engager, social media can be customized to suit your personal interests, and even give you privacy and control over the information you post.
Here’s a great snapshot of how to adjust your privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. When in doubt, the less information you divulge about yourself, the less risk. For example, don’t add your real birth date to your profile (if required for account setup), or don’t post it at all if possible. Unless you enjoy the annual social media birthday greetings, you can add the day of your birth and omit the year, or choose a fake year (your friends will love you for who you are, not your age anyways ;)
Here’s some tips on how to control your ‘News Feed’ and what you see. Most social media channels have similar settings and options.
Control the posts you see from friends or family:
Snooze or Unfollow someone or a page
If you want to see more of someone or a page, you can add them to your See First list so their content appears at the top of your News Feed.
Control the advertisements you see:
Control your browsing cookies and opt out
Stop seeing ads based on the websites or apps you visit off Facebook.
Hide ads or an advertiser, or report an ad directly from each ad.
Lastly, here’s some tips on how to stay unblocked or un-Snoozed from your fellow friends and family.
1. Always show respect, especially when discussing or posting about politics. You can share your political views—and even disagree with your friends, family, and network—as long as you do it with basic manners. Don't question or berate someone's intelligence or integrity.
2. Quit complaining. Don’t be a debbie downer. Confide in your close friends and family directly, not publicly.
3. Check the original source before you share. You may think that popular story is worth a share, but it could be insensitive or deliberately inaccurate. Avoid spreading fake news, scams, or potentially offensive stories by doing a little research first. Very recently, Facebook Canada announced a fact-checker tool to minimize the spread of fake or inaccurate articles.
4. Turn off automatic posting from other social media platforms. I know it’s easy and available, but it’s lazy and can be annoying. Your friends likely follow you on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Facebook, so be sure not to overwhelm them with posts they've already seen or liked by unchecking/turning off automatic posting. Plus, the 10+ hashtags you used for your Instagram post are not as welcomed or appropriate on Facebook.
Do you have any questions about social media privacy and etiquette, or would like to learn more about a specific social media channel or feature?
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