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Eureka: Be careful when you use Facebook
by Joseph Gatt
2018-05-17 05:37:51
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In life we all tend to use a little bit of hygiene. We wake up, shower, shave, brush our teeth, us cologne or perfume, apply creams, drive carefully, don't sleep with random guys and keep strangers at a distance. Now there's no reason you shouldn't be doing that on Facebook. So here are ten commandments to using Facebook.

face00001_400-If possible, keep all your private information, including birthdate, pictures, liked pages, groups, and posts private. The reason is not because that information is really private, I don't mind sharing a few pictures here and there with the public. The reason is you have some guys (mostly guys) who like to streal your information, create profiles where they copy your pictures, liked pages, birth and personal information and posts, either to “do business” in their home countries, that is use your profile as their business front, or to “date” other men, often trying to scam them and having them send “you” money. If you don't keep all that information private, there could be misunderstadings and you could have the police knocking at your door and arresting you for scamming people or dealing drugs.

-Adding friends. Only add those you have met and known physically and have been around with for some time. This is because a lot of people will get to know you in forums or groups, will add you, and will start stealing your information.

-You can vent your frustrations or talk about very personal stuff in public, it doesn't really matter. But be mindful that some people will try to gain from the information you are sharing. If you strike it rich, they will want a part of the cake. If you need money, they could offer you deceitful services.

-Dating and Facebook. A lot of guys and girls use fake information on their profiles, including their city of residence and the company they work for. Most serious guys and girls don't cite their city of residence and workplace on their profiles, because that could lead to stalkers.

-Selling and buying stuff on Facebook. A lot of times it's safe. But sometimes people take the money and run, or sell faulty products. Choose a crowded place to meet for the exchange.

-Public forums. If you're gonna meet those people in real life, it's best to abstain from public forums. You want to save your reputation for face to face meetings.

-Public announcements. Starting school? Getting married? Starting a new job? You don't want the wrong people to know what you are up to.

-Exes. Have an ex-boyfriend or an ex-girlfriend? They tend to be paranoid about personal stuff being revealed on social media. Or some other kind of revenge. Stay friends with them, unfriend them or block them? Depends how nasty the breakup was.

-Gossip. Back when I used social media (I haven't had a real public profile since 2015 and was never really comfortable with a profile) I never added colleagues or work-related friends on social media. Your colleagues will know a good story when they hear one, so will your classmates and friends.

-And finally, pictures. Pictures can be a recipe for disaster, and that's how I found out there were several parties I wasn't invited to. Be very careful what your pictures reveal. It could be that watch your ex-boyfriend gave you, or meeting that friend you're not supposed to meet. Friendships can be made and broken through pictures.

So what do you do with social media? You can do what I do, which is have an empty profile and check on my friends every now and then to see what they're up to. Or you could completely abstain. But if you're the kind who's constantly on social media, that's kind of like the guy who constantly drives in the wrong lane. Soon enough, you could get hit by a truck. Figuratively.

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