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Social Networking Updates that Bite Back

by Suzanne Kantra on May 20, 2010

Retrevo study chart Retrevo chartIt's sometimes easy to forget that everything you write and every picture or video that's taken of you could someday come back to haunt you. If you send an email to someone, they can forward it. Friends can post photos and videos and tag you in them. And then there's Facebook with its ever changing privacy policies–your profile information showing up on search engines, websites accessing your information when your friends visit the site, to name a couple. The possibilities and potential consequences are daunting.

The reality, according to a recent Retrevo Gadgetology Report, is that 32% of the people surveyed regret something they've shared. And of that 32%, nearly a third said that their regretable post either ruined a relationship or caused problems at work or home.

The odds almost doubled for smart phone (54%) and iPhone (59%) users and people under 25 (54%)–all groups, one could argue, that are subject to a little more impulsiveness. 

The bottom line is that you should never share anything online that you wouldn't want your mother or employer or significant other to read or see. And take the extra time to reread your posts and tweets!


Computers and Software, News, Internet & Networking, Computer Safety & Support, Tech 101

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From John Broadbent on February 07, 2011 :: 2:27 am

Those numbers don’t surprise me at all. Sometimes I’m not sure that people are completely aware of what they’re posting on the internet. In some of the worse cases, it could actually cause damage to you. I think that most of the people who share photos and info are kids and teenagers under 18 that’s why you should get parents’ permission first.


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