Keeping safe in social media
Keeping safe in social media
by
Kat French
Kat French

Last week, David and I got the opportunity to hear Geno Church of Brains on Fire speak about word of mouth marketing and social media, courtesy the Louisville AMA and Social Media Club Louisville. He ended the presentation with the story of the role social media played in a pivotal, scary event in his own life as a parent. It got the gears turning in my head.

In the last year that I’ve been working with Jason here at brand-building agency Doe-Anderson, I’ve gotten the opportunity to travel quite a bit. (Which is great.  I’m one of the few people who actually loves airports.)  If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I don’t tweet while traveling in the same way that Jason does.

Jason posts his exact location—when and where he’s going to be—as an invitation for people to know him online to connect with him offline. Similarly, when David and I have presented about social media in the last couple of months, one of the things he always says is “all my online social networking is geared towards setting up the opportunity for an offline meeting.”

You may have noticed that unlike David and Jason (well, most of the time), I’m not a guy. And like it or not, that changes the way I interact in social media.

When I was in Las Vegas for Pubcon last fall, I didn’t post my location outside of the conference if I was alone. When I arranged for Tweetups, it was always in very public places, either with other women, or with several people at a time. This seems like a simple, no-brainer thing when it comes to protecting your personal safety, but I notice a lot of people who don’t follow basic common sense when it comes to safety.

dark_alley_roomic_cube_flickrSometimes it seems to me that people have fallen into two basic camps for a very long time. Camp Paranoia consists of the people who are appalled at the idea of posting your name, hometown and a photo of yourself out there on the big bad internet where all the predators are simply lying in wait. Camp Naiveté is made up of the people who will post “Just leaving Joe’s Bar on 5th and Main for the long walk home—should’ve said no to that last margarita!” to their 5,000 Twitter followers and Facebook friends. It seems like people are either convinced that everyone on the social web is a threat, or no one is.

The truth lies somewhere in between.

Despite my relative caution when it comes to Tweetups in unfamiliar cities, I’ve probably leaned more on the side of Camp Naiveté up till now. I’ve mentally minimized how visible I am online. I’ve told myself that I’m not even really “internet famous,” and thus don’t have to worry about things like cyberstalking. This is despite the fact that I’ve had at least one online friendship that did go sour, in a way which was for a very brief time really frightening.

I’ve secretly believed that among the people who know me online but whom I don’t know, the odds of any of them being dangerous are nil. But they’re not nil. I still believe it’s wildly unlikely that there’s a potential whack job following my every move online. But I can’t afford to act like it’s impossible.

This truth has hit me square in the eyes in the last few weeks. I’m not just KatFrench, social media manager and internet bard, I’m also Mom to a twelve year old boy and a five year old girl. In the last few months, my son has asked if he can have a Facebook profile. He has friends his own age who have one (I know this because they’ve friended me) and he hears Mom and Dad talking about Facebook all the time (my husband and I flirt shamelessly with each other there).

His dad and I are probably going to let him have his profile. We’re also going to carefully monitor it. We’re the grownups. That means we dictate the privacy settings and who he can and can’t be friends with online. We could put it off for another year or two, but it would just be putting off the inevitable.

Because he’s getting a profile, mine is going to be getting more private than it was. There are other things I’ll be doing as well—little tweaks and deletions and omissions—to better protect my family’s privacy and safety. I’ll probably post a “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety” soon with a detailed action plan for anyone else who is in the process of migrating from “what are the odds anybody will even see this?” to “better safe than sorry.” As with anything in social media, YMMV and only you can decide what you believe is best in terms of online privacy and safety rules.

I’ve spent enough time with at least one foot planted in Camp Naiveté—it’s time for me to join Camp Reality.

img “dark alley” courtesy Roomic Cube

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  • Really good post. We all have to take this issue really seriously – as a female I certainly curb my personal contact information. Regarding the responsibilities of websites, I speak as a founder of one such site (a civic media news site). We have a feature called 'tip-off' – it's for people to invite registered reporters to cover hyper-local events (therefore asking them to come to a specific location/time etc) . We've restricted the age on this function (over 18 only), plus we're in the process of creating our 'stay safe online & offline' guidelines (which also fit into our “standards for civic media” project). I think the responsibility does sit with both provider and user, collaborating to set the right levels and understanding issues. For us, we want to educate users and work with other providers in sharing good practice/advice.

  • Really good post. We all have to take this issue really seriously – as a female I certainly curb my personal contact information. Regarding the responsibilities of websites, I speak as a founder of one such site (a civic media news site). We have a feature called 'tip-off' – it's for people to invite registered reporters to cover hyper-local events (therefore asking them to come to a specific location/time etc) . We've restricted the age on this function (over 18 only), plus we're in the process of creating our 'stay safe online & offline' guidelines (which also fit into our “standards for civic media” project). I think the responsibility does sit with both provider and user, collaborating to set the right levels and understanding issues. For us, we want to educate users and work with other providers in sharing good practice/advice.

  • Really good post. We all have to take this issue really seriously – as a female I certainly curb my personal contact information. Regarding the responsibilities of websites, I speak as a founder of one such site (a civic media news site). We have a feature called 'tip-off' – it's for people to invite registered reporters to cover hyper-local events (therefore asking them to come to a specific location/time etc) . We've restricted the age on this function (over 18 only), plus we're in the process of creating our 'stay safe online & offline' guidelines (which also fit into our “standards for civic media” project). I think the responsibility does sit with both provider and user, collaborating to set the right levels and understanding issues. For us, we want to educate users and work with other providers in sharing good practice/advice.

  • Really good post. We all have to take this issue really seriously – as a female I certainly curb my personal contact information. Regarding the responsibilities of websites, I speak as a founder of one such site (a civic media news site). We have a feature called 'tip-off' – it's for people to invite registered reporters to cover hyper-local events (therefore asking them to come to a specific location/time etc) . We've restricted the age on this function (over 18 only), plus we're in the process of creating our 'stay safe online & offline' guidelines (which also fit into our “standards for civic media” project). I think the responsibility does sit with both provider and user, collaborating to set the right levels and understanding issues. For us, we want to educate users and work with other providers in sharing good practice/advice.

  • Really good post. We all have to take this issue really seriously – as a female I certainly curb my personal contact information. Regarding the responsibilities of websites, I speak as a founder of one such site (a civic media news site). We have a feature called 'tip-off' – it's for people to invite registered reporters to cover hyper-local events (therefore asking them to come to a specific location/time etc) . We've restricted the age on this function (over 18 only), plus we're in the process of creating our 'stay safe online & offline' guidelines (which also fit into our “standards for civic media” project). I think the responsibility does sit with both provider and user, collaborating to set the right levels and understanding issues. For us, we want to educate users and work with other providers in sharing good practice/advice.

  • Another great post, Kat. Lots to consider when you have an online presence, whatever it may be. Looking forward to your, “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety.”

  • Another great post, Kat. Lots to consider when you have an online presence, whatever it may be. Looking forward to your, “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety.”

  • Another great post, Kat. Lots to consider when you have an online presence, whatever it may be. Looking forward to your, “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety.”

  • Another great post, Kat. Lots to consider when you have an online presence, whatever it may be. Looking forward to your, “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety.”

  • Another great post, Kat. Lots to consider when you have an online presence, whatever it may be. Looking forward to your, “Quick ‘n Dirty Guide to Social Media Safety.”

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  • KatFrench

    Glad you found it useful. :)

  • KatFrench

    Glad you found it useful. :)

  • KatFrench

    Glad you found it useful. :)

  • KatFrench

    Glad you found it useful. :)

  • Unfortunately women have to be more careful when traveling and this means less sharing of info on the go. My husband thinks nothing of eating at a restaurant at night, having a drink at the bar, etc while on a business trip. I on the other hand am more careful (if alone) even at gas stations – I don't stop at the ones right off the highway. The same theory applies with social media and what info we share about ourselves. I changed all of my security settings in FB lately as well. You can't be too careful.

    My kids aren't old enough to partake in social media yet, but thinking about it does give a whole new perspective on how much information we share online. One of our neighbors' kids joined FB/MySpace and she monitors it. One of the other kids at the bus stop was cyberbullying him! She was receiving the email messages from the bully to her son. Said bully's parents are clueless and she has spoken with him and threatened to tell his parents if he doesn't stop. These kids are in elementary school! So it has been eye opening.

    Good luck! Your kids will do great as they have informed, connected parents.

  • Unfortunately women have to be more careful when traveling and this means less sharing of info on the go. My husband thinks nothing of eating at a restaurant at night, having a drink at the bar, etc while on a business trip. I on the other hand am more careful (if alone) even at gas stations – I don't stop at the ones right off the highway. The same theory applies with social media and what info we share about ourselves. I changed all of my security settings in FB lately as well. You can't be too careful.

    My kids aren't old enough to partake in social media yet, but thinking about it does give a whole new perspective on how much information we share online. One of our neighbors' kids joined FB/MySpace and she monitors it. One of the other kids at the bus stop was cyberbullying him! She was receiving the email messages from the bully to her son. Said bully's parents are clueless and she has spoken with him and threatened to tell his parents if he doesn't stop. These kids are in elementary school! So it has been eye opening.

    Good luck! Your kids will do great as they have informed, connected parents.

  • Unfortunately women have to be more careful when traveling and this means less sharing of info on the go. My husband thinks nothing of eating at a restaurant at night, having a drink at the bar, etc while on a business trip. I on the other hand am more careful (if alone) even at gas stations – I don't stop at the ones right off the highway. The same theory applies with social media and what info we share about ourselves. I changed all of my security settings in FB lately as well. You can't be too careful.

    My kids aren't old enough to partake in social media yet, but thinking about it does give a whole new perspective on how much information we share online. One of our neighbors' kids joined FB/MySpace and she monitors it. One of the other kids at the bus stop was cyberbullying him! She was receiving the email messages from the bully to her son. Said bully's parents are clueless and she has spoken with him and threatened to tell his parents if he doesn't stop. These kids are in elementary school! So it has been eye opening.

    Good luck! Your kids will do great as they have informed, connected parents.

  • Unfortunately women have to be more careful when traveling and this means less sharing of info on the go. My husband thinks nothing of eating at a restaurant at night, having a drink at the bar, etc while on a business trip. I on the other hand am more careful (if alone) even at gas stations – I don't stop at the ones right off the highway. The same theory applies with social media and what info we share about ourselves. I changed all of my security settings in FB lately as well. You can't be too careful.

    My kids aren't old enough to partake in social media yet, but thinking about it does give a whole new perspective on how much information we share online. One of our neighbors' kids joined FB/MySpace and she monitors it. One of the other kids at the bus stop was cyberbullying him! She was receiving the email messages from the bully to her son. Said bully's parents are clueless and she has spoken with him and threatened to tell his parents if he doesn't stop. These kids are in elementary school! So it has been eye opening.

    Good luck! Your kids will do great as they have informed, connected parents.

  • Unfortunately women have to be more careful when traveling and this means less sharing of info on the go. My husband thinks nothing of eating at a restaurant at night, having a drink at the bar, etc while on a business trip. I on the other hand am more careful (if alone) even at gas stations – I don't stop at the ones right off the highway. The same theory applies with social media and what info we share about ourselves. I changed all of my security settings in FB lately as well. You can't be too careful.

    My kids aren't old enough to partake in social media yet, but thinking about it does give a whole new perspective on how much information we share online. One of our neighbors' kids joined FB/MySpace and she monitors it. One of the other kids at the bus stop was cyberbullying him! She was receiving the email messages from the bully to her son. Said bully's parents are clueless and she has spoken with him and threatened to tell his parents if he doesn't stop. These kids are in elementary school! So it has been eye opening.

    Good luck! Your kids will do great as they have informed, connected parents.

  • Excellent! I've had similar experiences that I've shared with clients, family and friends as well. I have also shared the same concerns and opinions with them… Great work for putting this out there. I'll certainly share your article with my connections as well.

  • Excellent! I've had similar experiences that I've shared with clients, family and friends as well. I have also shared the same concerns and opinions with them… Great work for putting this out there. I'll certainly share your article with my connections as well.

  • Excellent! I've had similar experiences that I've shared with clients, family and friends as well. I have also shared the same concerns and opinions with them… Great work for putting this out there. I'll certainly share your article with my connections as well.

  • Excellent! I've had similar experiences that I've shared with clients, family and friends as well. I have also shared the same concerns and opinions with them… Great work for putting this out there. I'll certainly share your article with my connections as well.

  • Excellent! I've had similar experiences that I've shared with clients, family and friends as well. I have also shared the same concerns and opinions with them… Great work for putting this out there. I'll certainly share your article with my connections as well.

    • KatFrench

      Glad you found it useful. :)

  • True, personal responsibility has a lot to do with it, but most people have no clue about the dangers let alone how to detect and avoid them.

  • True, personal responsibility has a lot to do with it, but most people have no clue about the dangers let alone how to detect and avoid them.

  • True, personal responsibility has a lot to do with it, but most people have no clue about the dangers let alone how to detect and avoid them.

  • True, personal responsibility has a lot to do with it, but most people have no clue about the dangers let alone how to detect and avoid them.

  • KatFrench

    I can relate to your story about having the sit-down with friends. I think men don't naturally think about this stuff–we have to remind them from time to time.

    You're right–awareness is key. So far I've been really fortunate that I haven't gotten much persistent unwanted attention online, much less any that bled over into the offline world. But that doesn't mean I don't need to take precautions, and so do most of us.

  • KatFrench

    I can relate to your story about having the sit-down with friends. I think men don't naturally think about this stuff–we have to remind them from time to time.

    You're right–awareness is key. So far I've been really fortunate that I haven't gotten much persistent unwanted attention online, much less any that bled over into the offline world. But that doesn't mean I don't need to take precautions, and so do most of us.

  • KatFrench

    I can relate to your story about having the sit-down with friends. I think men don't naturally think about this stuff–we have to remind them from time to time.

    You're right–awareness is key. So far I've been really fortunate that I haven't gotten much persistent unwanted attention online, much less any that bled over into the offline world. But that doesn't mean I don't need to take precautions, and so do most of us.

  • KatFrench

    I can relate to your story about having the sit-down with friends. I think men don't naturally think about this stuff–we have to remind them from time to time.

    You're right–awareness is key. So far I've been really fortunate that I haven't gotten much persistent unwanted attention online, much less any that bled over into the offline world. But that doesn't mean I don't need to take precautions, and so do most of us.

  • KatFrench

    Glad you liked it. This week I wanted to cover the “why” of social media safety, before moving on to the “how” in the Quick 'n Dirty Guide.

  • KatFrench

    Glad you liked it. This week I wanted to cover the “why” of social media safety, before moving on to the “how” in the Quick 'n Dirty Guide.

  • KatFrench

    Glad you liked it. This week I wanted to cover the “why” of social media safety, before moving on to the “how” in the Quick 'n Dirty Guide.

  • KatFrench

    Glad you liked it. This week I wanted to cover the “why” of social media safety, before moving on to the “how” in the Quick 'n Dirty Guide.

  • Kat, you raise some amazing points, especially that people fall in between the two camps.

    I've actually had to have sit-down talks with friends who think nothing to revealing my location to their thousands of followers, what it is I'm doing, who I'm with (or not with).

    While my online interactions are geared towards meeting people offline, I follow the “public place, with other people, letting those I trust know where I am, who I'm with, and when I get home” rules.

    Yes, part of my caution has to do with gender – I'm a single woman who lives alone and travels quite a bit. I've lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods (New Orleans, West Philadelphia) and I've learned that keeping safe is a personal responsibility and really comes down to just being aware.

    Applying that social media just makes sense.

  • Kat, you raise some amazing points, especially that people fall in between the two camps.

    I've actually had to have sit-down talks with friends who think nothing to revealing my location to their thousands of followers, what it is I'm doing, who I'm with (or not with).

    While my online interactions are geared towards meeting people offline, I follow the “public place, with other people, letting those I trust know where I am, who I'm with, and when I get home” rules.

    Yes, part of my caution has to do with gender – I'm a single woman who lives alone and travels quite a bit. I've lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods (New Orleans, West Philadelphia) and I've learned that keeping safe is a personal responsibility and really comes down to just being aware.

    Applying that social media just makes sense.

  • Kat, you raise some amazing points, especially that people fall in between the two camps.

    I've actually had to have sit-down talks with friends who think nothing to revealing my location to their thousands of followers, what it is I'm doing, who I'm with (or not with).

    While my online interactions are geared towards meeting people offline, I follow the “public place, with other people, letting those I trust know where I am, who I'm with, and when I get home” rules.

    Yes, part of my caution has to do with gender – I'm a single woman who lives alone and travels quite a bit. I've lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods (New Orleans, West Philadelphia) and I've learned that keeping safe is a personal responsibility and really comes down to just being aware.

    Applying that social media just makes sense.

  • Kat, you raise some amazing points, especially that people fall in between the two camps.

    I've actually had to have sit-down talks with friends who think nothing to revealing my location to their thousands of followers, what it is I'm doing, who I'm with (or not with).

    While my online interactions are geared towards meeting people offline, I follow the “public place, with other people, letting those I trust know where I am, who I'm with, and when I get home” rules.

    Yes, part of my caution has to do with gender – I'm a single woman who lives alone and travels quite a bit. I've lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods (New Orleans, West Philadelphia) and I've learned that keeping safe is a personal responsibility and really comes down to just being aware.

    Applying that social media just makes sense.

  • Kat, you raise some amazing points, especially that people fall in between the two camps.

    I've actually had to have sit-down talks with friends who think nothing to revealing my location to their thousands of followers, what it is I'm doing, who I'm with (or not with).

    While my online interactions are geared towards meeting people offline, I follow the “public place, with other people, letting those I trust know where I am, who I'm with, and when I get home” rules.

    Yes, part of my caution has to do with gender – I'm a single woman who lives alone and travels quite a bit. I've lived in some pretty rough neighborhoods (New Orleans, West Philadelphia) and I've learned that keeping safe is a personal responsibility and really comes down to just being aware.

    Applying that social media just makes sense.

    • KatFrench

      I can relate to your story about having the sit-down with friends. I think men don't naturally think about this stuff–we have to remind them from time to time.

      You're right–awareness is key. So far I've been really fortunate that I haven't gotten much persistent unwanted attention online, much less any that bled over into the offline world. But that doesn't mean I don't need to take precautions, and so do most of us.

  • Loved this post and really look forward to your Quick N Dirty Guide, Kat!

  • Loved this post and really look forward to your Quick N Dirty Guide, Kat!

  • Loved this post and really look forward to your Quick N Dirty Guide, Kat!

  • Loved this post and really look forward to your Quick N Dirty Guide, Kat!

  • Loved this post and really look forward to your Quick N Dirty Guide, Kat!

    • KatFrench

      Glad you liked it. This week I wanted to cover the “why” of social media safety, before moving on to the “how” in the Quick 'n Dirty Guide.

  • KatFrench

    One big advantage you'll have as a parent is that you're already familiar with these tools. I have friends who have never posted anything online, and their kids' knowledge of social networking far outstrips their own–which makes it tough to be the privacy and safety police.

    And it sounds like your girlfriend is a smart cookie, as well.

  • KatFrench

    One big advantage you'll have as a parent is that you're already familiar with these tools. I have friends who have never posted anything online, and their kids' knowledge of social networking far outstrips their own–which makes it tough to be the privacy and safety police.

    And it sounds like your girlfriend is a smart cookie, as well.

  • KatFrench

    One big advantage you'll have as a parent is that you're already familiar with these tools. I have friends who have never posted anything online, and their kids' knowledge of social networking far outstrips their own–which makes it tough to be the privacy and safety police.

    And it sounds like your girlfriend is a smart cookie, as well.

  • KatFrench

    One big advantage you'll have as a parent is that you're already familiar with these tools. I have friends who have never posted anything online, and their kids' knowledge of social networking far outstrips their own–which makes it tough to be the privacy and safety police.

    And it sounds like your girlfriend is a smart cookie, as well.

  • I fortunately don't have to deal with the kind of things you are talking about Kat, but I definitely understand where you are coming from. My gf is extremely careful with her location, address and information she puts out there. I throw caution to the wind (I don't know yet if that is a good or bad thing?).

    I'm also worried about the whole kid implications when I get there. I have no idea what I am going to do then. Mainly because it seems so far off in my mind. Good thoughts.

  • I fortunately don't have to deal with the kind of things you are talking about Kat, but I definitely understand where you are coming from. My gf is extremely careful with her location, address and information she puts out there. I throw caution to the wind (I don't know yet if that is a good or bad thing?).

    I'm also worried about the whole kid implications when I get there. I have no idea what I am going to do then. Mainly because it seems so far off in my mind. Good thoughts.

  • I fortunately don't have to deal with the kind of things you are talking about Kat, but I definitely understand where you are coming from. My gf is extremely careful with her location, address and information she puts out there. I throw caution to the wind (I don't know yet if that is a good or bad thing?).

    I'm also worried about the whole kid implications when I get there. I have no idea what I am going to do then. Mainly because it seems so far off in my mind. Good thoughts.

  • I fortunately don't have to deal with the kind of things you are talking about Kat, but I definitely understand where you are coming from. My gf is extremely careful with her location, address and information she puts out there. I throw caution to the wind (I don't know yet if that is a good or bad thing?).

    I'm also worried about the whole kid implications when I get there. I have no idea what I am going to do then. Mainly because it seems so far off in my mind. Good thoughts.

  • I fortunately don't have to deal with the kind of things you are talking about Kat, but I definitely understand where you are coming from. My gf is extremely careful with her location, address and information she puts out there. I throw caution to the wind (I don't know yet if that is a good or bad thing?).

    I'm also worried about the whole kid implications when I get there. I have no idea what I am going to do then. Mainly because it seems so far off in my mind. Good thoughts.

    • KatFrench

      One big advantage you'll have as a parent is that you're already familiar with these tools. I have friends who have never posted anything online, and their kids' knowledge of social networking far outstrips their own–which makes it tough to be the privacy and safety police.

      And it sounds like your girlfriend is a smart cookie, as well.

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Steve. I do agree that there is a role for social media professionals to play in promoting safe online socializing. Lots of people don't use good privacy and security settings because they don't know how.

    But ultimately, I think it's a matter of personal responsibility.

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Steve. I do agree that there is a role for social media professionals to play in promoting safe online socializing. Lots of people don't use good privacy and security settings because they don't know how.

    But ultimately, I think it's a matter of personal responsibility.

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Steve. I do agree that there is a role for social media professionals to play in promoting safe online socializing. Lots of people don't use good privacy and security settings because they don't know how.

    But ultimately, I think it's a matter of personal responsibility.

  • KatFrench

    Thanks, Steve. I do agree that there is a role for social media professionals to play in promoting safe online socializing. Lots of people don't use good privacy and security settings because they don't know how.

    But ultimately, I think it's a matter of personal responsibility.

  • Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing this. I believe Security and Privacy are huge issues that the Social Media industry needs to address in a big way. There are a number of reasons for this and you're discussing on one of the biggest. What still amazes me is that when articles on security issues, concerns or solutions get posted, very few pay attention. Personally, I'm hoping as authors with your industry credability start picking up on this, more will become aware of this emerging problem and look for solutions.

  • Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing this. I believe Security and Privacy are huge issues that the Social Media industry needs to address in a big way. There are a number of reasons for this and you're discussing on one of the biggest. What still amazes me is that when articles on security issues, concerns or solutions get posted, very few pay attention. Personally, I'm hoping as authors with your industry credability start picking up on this, more will become aware of this emerging problem and look for solutions.

  • Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing this. I believe Security and Privacy are huge issues that the Social Media industry needs to address in a big way. There are a number of reasons for this and you're discussing on one of the biggest. What still amazes me is that when articles on security issues, concerns or solutions get posted, very few pay attention. Personally, I'm hoping as authors with your industry credability start picking up on this, more will become aware of this emerging problem and look for solutions.

  • Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing this. I believe Security and Privacy are huge issues that the Social Media industry needs to address in a big way. There are a number of reasons for this and you're discussing on one of the biggest. What still amazes me is that when articles on security issues, concerns or solutions get posted, very few pay attention. Personally, I'm hoping as authors with your industry credability start picking up on this, more will become aware of this emerging problem and look for solutions.

  • Kat, I'm looking forward to seeing this. I believe Security and Privacy are huge issues that the Social Media industry needs to address in a big way. There are a number of reasons for this and you're discussing on one of the biggest. What still amazes me is that when articles on security issues, concerns or solutions get posted, very few pay attention. Personally, I'm hoping as authors with your industry credability start picking up on this, more will become aware of this emerging problem and look for solutions.

    • KatFrench

      Thanks, Steve. I do agree that there is a role for social media professionals to play in promoting safe online socializing. Lots of people don't use good privacy and security settings because they don't know how.

      But ultimately, I think it's a matter of personal responsibility.

      • True, personal responsibility has a lot to do with it, but most people have no clue about the dangers let alone how to detect and avoid them.