Social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter are great for allowing you to share information about your life with your friends, family and colleagues.

But along with that ability comes the risk of sharing sensitive information with the wrong people, and that risk increases as your network grows well beyond your core circle of friends.

Using Twitter and Facebook effectively takes more than discretion; you should know how to tweak the settings for these services so that you have full control over who sees what on your Facebook page or on Twitter.

This is certainly important if you are using Facebook and Twitter not for updates about your meals, pets, and drinking binges, but for professional purposes.

So we've outlined here a handful of common disastrous scenarios in which one (or both) of these social networks was misused, as well as the best way to prevent or remedy the problem.

But in the end you'll find that the fundamental lesson is invariably the same, and that's to remember the golden rule of all social networks: Never forget that the whole world is watching.

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  2. Avoiding Facebook disaster
  3. Letting people know your address
  4. The stalker problem
  5. Too much clutter
  6. Should've been working
  7. Spam central
  8. Avoiding Twitter disasters
  9. Linking the two networks can be trouble
  10. The story of 'Cisco Fatty'