I’m 13 and none of my friends are on Facebook

Last week, Mashable published this post on the waning appeal of Facebook by a New York teenager.

Now, when we are old enough to get Facebook, we don’t want it. By the time we could have Facebooks, we were already obsessed with Instagram. Facebook was just this thing all our parents seemed to have.

Let’s say I get invited to a party, and there’s underage drinking. I’m not drinking, but someone pulls out a camera. Even if I’m not carrying a red Solo cup, I could be photographed behind a girl doing shots. Later that week, the dumb-dumb decides to post photos from that “amazing” party. If my mom saw I was at a party with drinking, even if I wasn’t participating, I’d be dead. This isn’t Facebook’s fault, but it happens there.

Facebook is also a big source of bullying in middle school. Kids might comment something mean on a photo of you, or message you mean things. This isn’t Facebook’s fault, but again, it does happen there. If my mom heard I was getting bullied on Facebook, she would tell me to quit right away.

An interesting insight into teenagers’ thoughts about social media. Read the whole post here.

1 in 4 young adults regret social media posts

Mashable reports that

Among younger adults aged 18 to 34, 29% said they have posted a photo, comment or other personal information they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects.

FindLaw, the organisation that carried out the survey on 1000 American adults suggests that

social-media users: Think before you post, check your privacy settings, limit your personal information and seek legal help if you think you’re ever wrongfully terminated. The survey did find that a sizeable 82% of young users “pay at least some attention to their privacy settings,” while only 6% leave the default settings as they are.

 

Read the whole report here.

6 Internet lessons I learned from my mum

Back in May, Mashable published a post on 6 Internet lessons I learned from my mum. They are:

  1. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
  2. Do your homework (take time to verify what/who is true and what is not)
  3. Look at me when I’m talking to you (listen to your social networks as well as sharing)
  4. Don’t judge a book by its cover (avatars may not reflect the person behind the account)
  5. Watch your language
  6. If your friend jumped over a cliff, would you jump too?
Read the whole post for the explanations behind the six lessons.

 

Facebook hashtags. What they mean to your privacy

A little while back, Facebook introduced hashtags. If you already use Twitter, then you’ll know that hashtags are a way of grouping, classifying or finding tweets on a particular topic.

With the introduction of Facebook hashtags though, there have been some questions about privacy. Mashable has addressed these questions. They explain:

Consumer Reports study last year found that 28% of Facebook users make all their posts public. By default, every tweet is public on Twitter, while Facebook’s default is private.

Thus, to get a hashtag to really catch on, marketers need to instruct consumers to make their status updates public. That’s what the cable net BET did when it tried to get viewers of its BET Awards last month to use Facebook hashtags.

Read the whole article here.

How to lock down your Facebook privacy – yes again!

Due to changes to Facebook over the past few days, Mashable has published a new guide on how to lock down your Facebook privacy, yet again. They explain:

Facebook privacy settings are complex and, to make things more difficult, they change on a regular basis.

We explored how to lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings, for both your public profile and under the hood. Follow this simple step-by-step process to make sure you’re not sharing anything outside your comfort zone.

This illustrated step-by-step guide is a must for anyone with a Facebook account.

Five places to look for your digital footprint

Whether we actually contribute to it or not, most of us now have a digital footprint. Companies that we deal with (such as telcos) retain our data for years. This post from Mashable demonstrates how to find your digital footprint and how to deal with what is out there…

Shrinking your digital footprint requires a lot of diligence, but if you’d like to get started then it helps to know which companies are hoarding your data and how long they intend to hold onto it.

Read the article here.

Facebook changes privacy settings yet again

News this morning that Facebook has changed privacy settings yet again. The New York Times and Mashable both have reports. Mashable explains:

The changes will be rolled out from now through the end of the year, but the company shared a sneak peek of the new menu options.

It’s not all good news though as Mashable continues:

Your ability to remove yourself from Facebook search is, however, going away.

The New York Times explains the good, the bad and the ugly:

First, it is improving some privacy protections. The company is adding a new top-level control, called Privacy Shortcuts, that will allow people to quickly change who can see their “stuff” (as Facebook calls it) and who can contact them through the Web site. The shortcut will also feature a one-button link to block someone on Facebook.

But when Facebook giveth, Facebook taketh away.

The company is eliminating the ability for people to hide themselves on Facebook’s search, a control, that until now, has existed in the privacy settings on the company’s Web site.

Facebook users will need to carefully investigate how these changes will affect them.

Read Mashable’s entire guide here and The New York Times article here.