Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Facebook has recently introduced some sweeping changes (with more game-changing things on their way).
I’ve seen a number of my friends post this – a meme, I guess.
I’m struggling with the idea that people are that paranoid about their comments.
Facebook is a social network. Therefore it’s social and, well, a network. Both words indicate you might be meeting people and talking to them. Why would you want to hide your comments?
Honestly the first place my head goes is: what are you ashamed of? What are you hiding?
I can tell you that the friends of mine who’ve posted this to Facebook have nothing to be ashamed of. Which leads me to believe this is a comfort issue – I get asked a lot about privacy when I do speaking presentations so I’m not surprised.
Again, for me, it comes back to the idea that if you aren’t comfortable with people seeing your online activity you shouldn’t be online.
Or you need to get over it.
Nothing you do or say in a social network like Facebook can every truly be concealed.
If you really have a problem with friends of friends seeing your comments and likes ask yourself these things:
1) Am I being offensive?
2) Why do I have social network account(s)?
3) What could be the worse thing to happen to me?
If you’re posting anything which you really think might be offensive or controversial, take it to a Facebook message if you’re unsure. Don’t respond in the comment thread.
I understand that my friends don’t want to feel that Facebook has deceived them in some way by making their comments and likes more public than they thought they would be but there’s no reason for the paranoia.
This is the age of the internet where data is transferred in the blink of an eye.
I think it’s a bit late for for this kind of paranoia.