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10 Facebook & Twitter privacy faux pas

And tips on how to avoid them

Over-sharing on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can lead to underemployment. Follow these simple tips to control what others see in a bid to avert disaster.

Linking Twitter with Facebook can be trouble

The disaster: Dan thought he was being a good web citizen and killing two birds with one stone by linking his Twitter account to his Facebook profile. The idea is sound enough - update your Twitter status, and your Facebook status updates along with it, automatically.

However, a Facebook connection isn't always a good idea. If you're live - tweeting, say, a sports event or a conference, you might post 20 tweets or more in an hour. That may fly on the rapid-fire Twitter, but on Facebook it's over the line since it clogs up your friends' news feeds.

The solution: In Dan's case, a Twitter/Facebook link may not be appropriate, and he may be better off simply unlinking the two networks.

The best way to unlink is to browse to Facebook, click the 'Applications' button on the bottom-left corner, and then select Applications.

Find Twitter on this page and click the X to delete the app from your Facebook profile. (If you use a third-party application like TweetDeck to access Twitter, you'll have to unlink your profile through that app.)

Be careful what you link to

The disaster: In one of his daily tweets, David linked to an article expressing a strong view on a controversial issue. Before he knew it, David was being bombarded with tweets rebutting the article.

David found many of these statements to be factually lacking, but still felt compelled to counter them in tweets of his own. Hours passed. Soon the afternoon was lost, and David was left frustrated by the challenge of making cogent arguments in 140 characters or less (Twitter's limit).

The solution: David didn't want to 'Protect' his tweets because he believed that the openness and public nature of the service are central to the Twitter concept. David should have considered that this openness means people he knows nothing about can see his tweets and the things he links to.

Second, when it became clear that David had become involved in a protracted debate with another Twitter user who wasn't making much sense, he should have blocked that user by going to the person's profile and clicking Block next to the person's user name. Problem solved. Afternoon saved.

NEXT PAGE: The story of 'Cisco Fatty'

  1. And tips on how to avoid them
  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'

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