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The Two Faces of FacebookMarianne Hebert, College Libraries(In collaboration with Jenica Rogers)Alumni Weekend July 11, 2008SUNY PotsdamPresentation online at: http://www2.potsdam.edu/hebertm/
And when Facebook works, it works really, really well…
But… how it’s working depends on what people are posting…
So… what ARE they posting?
Many people do not understand who their audience is… Or the consequences of their public face?
Anyone who joins a network can see at least a portion of every network profile. This view is not limited to just a person’s friends, or their campus, or even just college students.
Facebook has made it possible for user profiles to be indexed in Google and other search engines… unless you specifically tell Facebook to keep yours private.
The default is to have your information be wide-open, and these are ‘opt-in’ privacy measures.
Users must take the initiative!
Facebook Best Practices
Facebook has control over user content
In those photos you posted… Are you drinking beer or smoking pot? What are you posting on your wall?
We encourage students and alumni to use Facebook. It’s great. Really!
But use it wisely. Present yourself well. Be careful, and be smart while you have fun.