Sharing Too Much?

I posted this video in a post a while back, but as I read about the upcoming changes in Facebook I think it’s worth another look.

Stop and really think about why you would want to share so much information with so many people on Facebook.  The reality is, most of us have way more “Friends” on Facebook than we actually would share any personal information with.  Why does my friend from high school whom I haven’t spoken with since graduation care about pictures from my vacation or what my big plans for the weekend are?

What is driving your desire to share online:

  • A desire to connect with your friends?
  • A desire to feel important?
  • A desire to change how people look at you?
  • A desire for affirmation that you’re not experiencing in your “real” relationships?
Facebook is changing its format to make it easier for us to share more of our lives.  I was shocked by what I read here: “Facebook’s Ticker Broadcasts Everything You Do.”  Another article I read about the new Timeline Format makes some statements that really concern me:
“Rather than just displaying your most recent activities, your profile will become a scrapbook documenting your entire life, all the way back to your birth. Facebook will become a record of your existence: All your memories, your victories and your defeats, your loves, your losses and everything in between. …And you’ll realize, as I did, that Facebook knows you better than you know yourself.”  (Pete Cashmore in “You’ll Freak When You See the New Facebook“)
When on Facebook, be careful what apps you give permission to… because you only need to “Allow” them once for them to start recording all sorts of information about you.  Be careful how much personal information you put up online, I am quickly losing my trust in the security and privacy of Facebook.My wife refuses to get Facebook, and for a while she was after me on a regular basis to cancel my account.  Don’t tell her, but I just might be taking her advice when this new Timeline gets rolled out…

Whatever you decide, consider these moves:
  1. Clean out your Friend list to people you really know and trust with personal information.
  2. Seriously ask yourself why you share as much as you do on Facebook.
  3. Set and Maintain privacy settings to be a little more private than you think is necessary.  It’s better to default to share too little online than too much, right?  Go through your “Permissions” settings and clean out apps that you really don’t use (if you don’t remember what it is, delete it).
  4. Parents – Protect your kids… even if your “kids” are teenagers.  Teenagers, recognize that your parents aren’t being dictators, they’re trying to look after you (and you’re called to submit to them)
There is only One who knows us perfectly… even the things we would never want posted on Facebook.  The amazing thing: He still loves us and gave His all so that we could have life and hope.  Live for Him.
  • “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)
  • “For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens.” (Job 28:24

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