How Much Is Too Much On Facebook? [POLL]
I found myself, today, taking a long look at what I post on Facebook.
Facebook has been in the news a lot lately. Most recently, a judge ruled a New Jersey teacher should be fired to posting she was "a warden for future criminals." She had had a rough week in class with rowdy students and claims one even attacked her. She was venting. Who among us hasn't done the same thing? If she were talking to her friends over coffee, who would have thought anything about it? If a friend had even repeated what she said, what would have come of it? Facebook, however, is permanent. Her otherwise innocuous comments could be forwarded, printed out, shown to school officials. Such it is with anything we post online. It lives forever in cyberspace, ready to come back and bite us at the most inopportune time, and often with devastating results.
I have accepted well over a thousand "friends." Some of them are lifelong pals, but most are work acquaintances, and a good number are simply fans of my broadcasts and I have never actually met them.
That got me wondering, what will you learn about me if you log onto my Facebook page and are there things I would not shared with people I have never met? Let's see...
-- You can see my picture, learn I work for Townsquare Media and New Jersey 101.5 Radio. (I'm fine with that)
-- You'll know I live in New Jersey, but hail from Springville, NY. (Fine)
-- You can probably deduce from my profile that I'm single (divorced) and have two boys. You might even be able to figure out their names. (but you wont learn their address or where they go to school, and you wont find their pictures)
-- You can probably even figure out my favorite sports team, hobbies, where I like to vacation, and that I occasionally enjoy an adult beverage or two. (I'd share that with you in a casual conversation)
At this point, I'm feeling pretty good about my face to the Facebook world, but what am I sharing on my status updates? That's where things get a little dicey.
Most of what I share with the world is related to stories I broadcast every day, but there are the occasional views into my personal life that I normally keep quite guarded. I wrote of the sudden death of a very close friend, and was comforted by the many words of support, but information in other posts left me wondering what I was thinking. You can see the Tiki Bar I built in my backyard, but do I really want to let strangers know when my friends and I are blowing off steam? (relax, it's nothing lurid)
I've vented about some of life's foibles, from the MVC to the cable company, but sometimes have not used the best of language. I could go on, but I'm assuming you get the point. All of this is there for the world to see. A permanent record of parts of my life. I've certainly made some posts I regret, and will be more careful in the future.
After reading this, I'm sure you'll take a look. Just remember, I'll be taking a look at you, too.