Sunday, October 4, 2009

Blocking and privacy issues on Facebook

Every time I pick up a magazine these days, I am finding an article about social networks. In fact, I was reading an article in Marie Claire's October 2009 issue about how more adults are using Facebook or other social network sites to stay connected to their families and friends.

Once you create a profile, you may start receiving request from people who want to be your friend. Sometimes, you may not want to accept this request and now you have to block someone from viewing your profile. This was an interesting piece because this woman discussed how surprised she was when her mother-in-law requested that she become her friend on Facebook. The underlying request was probably because she wanted to say more connected with her son and not really that interested in her daughter-in-law but, she was using this social network site to find out what they were up to.

This woman's concern about her privacy was that she did not want to offend her mother-in-law by not accepting her request to join her friends list but, she initially joined Facebook to stay connected to her personal friends and she did not want to include her mother-in-law in her list of friends. She claimed that she had personal post and pictures that she did not feel comfortable sharing with her mother-in-law and now she had to take those things off her site if she accepted her request.

Social networks have become a very public outlet for people to express themselves and sometimes you share intimate details that you do not really want to be made public. In my opinion, people have to be very careful what they post because some things may be uncomfortable for others to read and see about you.

What can be done to protect your privacy and block someone from your profile?

According to ehow, it is easy to block someone from seeing your profile. If you are using Facebook, all you have to do is go to the homepage and then to the "my privacy" page and change the privacy level. You can search for the person you want to block. This is a very easy process.

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