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We've discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter, and we've even talked about how you may have compromised your security on the Internet. However, it seems as if Facebook brings both of those topics together.
From security messes to major nuisances, there are a lot of things that shouldn't be shared on the Internet. Get ready to readjust your security and delete your posts, for here are five things you shouldnt post on Facebook.
Ladies and gentlemen, how many times must we tell you that nothing is sacred on the Internet? If you put it out there, anyone could see it, so why would you post truly sensitive information? Yes, Facebook offers you the ability to publish information about your current location (and who you are with), but do you really want that online?
Consider the unfortunate New Hampshire tale of the thieves who used Facebook to find out when homeowners happened to be away. The second you put it out there that you're "going to party it up in Louisiana for the next three days with Gordon", then your home is automatically open game (and so is Gordon's). Furthermore, don't tell me that you're fine just because your account has private status updates. Your friends' accounts could be compromised, so you never actually know who's watching your feed.
New Technological Toys
This one goes right in line with the first section of this article – "Hey guys, just got my brand new really expensive MacBook Air….gonna leave it at my house totally unguarded and out in the open while I'm down at the bar with Gordon! Hope no one finds the spare key under my welcome mat!"
As much as I want to celebrate with you on your brand new toy, you have to keep in mind that some people might want to do a little more than celebrate. They may just want to take it, so if you are unlike me and do not keep your Mac on you everywhere you go, then it might not be best to put that kind of information out in the open.
Facebook's New Payment System
Oh my goodness! My friends, Facebook has told you time and time again that they will never make it a paid service, so why do you insist on posting these status updates?
FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER…
You've seen it before, folks. These chain updates have been passed around numerous times over the past few years, and nothing has ever come of them. Besides, I'm pretty sure Zuckerberg might have a better way of notifying us of a new paid service than an all-caps lengthy chain update, so please stop. If you want to check out how Facebook makes money, check out Steve's article about how social networks make money.
Impersonal Personal Messages
This one is a little more of nuisance than the other ones, but it is definitely worth mentioning. For some reason, people feel the need to vaguely express their feelings about others through status updates. Sometimes, they will even write seemingly indirect messages that are actually meant for someone else.
"I wish SUMBODY hadnt cheated on meh wit SUMBODY that MITE B mii best fran!!!11!1!"
I don't think I really have to go into it much further, for one of two things will happen because of this. Either the people reading this status update know exactly who you are talking about, or the people reading this status update don't know who you are talking about, and quite frankly, they probably don't care. Help stop wall pollution by refusing to publish this type of status update, and as a matter of fact, spread the word!
Your Vacation Pictures
This one is mostly directed at the ladies, but I can think of a few situations where it might affect the men, too. Look, I'm not here to judge you on what you do in your spare time, but I thought you might want to know that some of your vacation pictures – particularly ones of you at the beach – may end up on the Internet in places you would prefer they weren't.
You see, there's a download link next to mostly every picture – real easy to find. Keep in mind that you may have added a few creeps on Facebook "just to be nice", and they may have a tendency to make use of it. Also, like I mentioned above, anyone's account could be compromised.
Oh, and this goes beyond your vacation pictures. Halloween is coming up pretty soon, too.
I obviously can't tell you what to stop posting on Facebook, but I can do everything within my ability to explain why you should stop posting these things. It's really your choice on the matter, but keep in mind that this advice goes for other social networks too (like Google+ and Twitter).
What types of things do you think people need to stop posting on Facebook? Do you disagree with any of the items mentioned above?