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Social Networks

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Social networks allow people to connect for a variety of reasons in a digital environment. You might join to LinkedIn to meet business contacts, MySpace to find a band member, or Facebook to see pictures of old friends and meet new ones. Whatever environment you decide to be a part of, posting information about you has become an issue of concern. What are those concerns? I mean what is the big deal about privacy? Social networking sites are a great way to get in contact with friends and family. Through the years we may lose contact with family and old friends and finding ways to connect with them again. We are able to post pictures and update family members and friends to where we live, marital status and children. As with any networking site we need to be careful what we post and put out there for anyone to see. Dave Awl stated in our readings that “An ounce of discretion is worth a ton of privacy settings.” We need to be careful of what we are posting on any site, if the information gets into the wrong hands it would end up hurting someone in the long run. When we post a status on our site our friends, coworkers or bosses will be offended and this could end a friendship, possibly our job. I belong to Facebook and the other day a friend was expressing her opinion about the hospital where she lives. Her son was really sick and they told her he had a cold, come to find out when she took him to the family doctor he was admitted to the hospital. This lead to a friend of hers disgruntled because she works for this hospital and she express that the hospital she worked at was top notch. Granted hospitals do make mistake and on was just upset because of the wrong diagnosis for her son. The only way we can protect ourselves on the internet is to use discretion in what one post. Everyone has their own opinions and they just need to express it somewhere. With this we do not need to take it personal. If you don’t want others to express their opinions on...

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