Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
Lori E from Family Trees May Contain Nuts wrote a thought provoking post on Monday, titled, Privacy Issues Here And In Facebook. As of Monday early evening she had 8 thought provoking comments.
I thought I would share with you today a few of the things I do to reduce the TMI issues. I do these to put up a bit of a boundary between you, my valued readers, and Moi. A privacy boundary, if you will.
I do not use my full name here on my blog. I am forced to use it at Facebook, or I would not. My name at Find A Grave is just Carol.
I don't use the name of my home town here or on Facebook. Here on my blog I do mention the name of the county I live in, sometimes. I also say we live in "SE Michigan".
No birthdate on Facebook is shown.
I don't use the names of my hubby, sons, wives of sons, or grandchildren here. They are Man, Son # 1, Son #2, Son #3, Wife of Son #1, Wife of Son #2, and for the twins granddaughters, L & M.
I shy away from using photos that show their faces full front, especially recent photos. Yes, I do use some full front face type photos of Man and I from times "not so recent", as I did this week with my Sharing a Slice of Life, Trick post. But, I try to limit the recent full face photos. This also is the one place I where I tend to break my own rule. (Sigh).
I do not link TO my Facebook account FROM my blog.
I do not have, nor would I link to it, a GenealogyWise account, ditto Twitter.
I don't have a link TO my Find A Grave account, I have posted links to memorials I have created however.
I do post links on Facebook to my blog posts, but, NOT every day.
I, recently, had to incorporate Comment Moderation here at Reflections.
I do not use face recognition/name tagging in programs like Picasa, where your name is attached to likenesses of you in photos you post.
I don't post personal family issues, if Man and I have an issue, I may tell my closest friends, but, I am not going to post it on Facebook, or here on my blog.
I will continue to chat about our travels and trips. It is a bit hard to tell you about a 6 month Tana and Big Butt tour after the fact. I do hire a party to cut the lawn, my neighbor drives over the new fallen snow, I have a party that checks my house (not telling you when or how often tho, sorry), and believe me, the State Police know we are gone, who is watching what, how to contact us and our children in case of an emergency. And, I have insurance.
I use these procedures to provide some boundaries between you and Moi. Actually, not beween you, as in my readers and friends, but, as in them, the nasty snarly idiots that want to steal what is mine. I attempt to limit the info, try to never give away TMI and maintain some boundaries.
As I write a post here or a status line on Facebook, if I feel my comfort zone is compromised, I back off, delete, re-write or just don't post. My advice, find what works for you, discover and honor your own comfort zone, and friends, don't post things on Facebook that contain TMI (please, keep it to yourselves, I really don't want to know that stuff).
So, even tho, I feel I am careful, I don't feel I am over the top paranoid careful. I mean, a gal has to have a life, eh??
*Graphic courtesy of Clker.com
** T M I = Too Much Information (for Barbara)