Essay about Take a Minute to Think Before You Post

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People really need to become more cautious of what they post on social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. Here’s why. Many people believe that once they post a comment or a photo on a social network site, it is private and only viewable to their friends and family. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. What many consider being private is actually open to the public and can be viewed by businesses, colleges and universities. Even though people believe that their social networking profile is private due to their privacy settings, they still need to be careful. Businesses have fired employees and colleges have chosen not to accept students as the result of their social networking profiles. In today’s world people have become …show more content…
What good do privacy settings do, when most of the public don’t even know how to set it up? According to The Carnegie Mellon study, “most people don’t use the privacy settings to limit access to their Facebook profile. Four out of five simply accept the default setting, which allows their whole network to see their entire profile” (Melber 23). So about 20% of Facebook users who have set their profile private are somewhat safe, while the other 80% are definitely vulnerable to having their profiles viewed by their business or a school they are applying to. So the people who say that their profile is safe, due to the privacy settings, it is most likely that they set up their settings incorrectly or did not do so at all. Privacy settings will not stop businesses from viewing ones profile. If a person posts something inappropriate on their profile about their job it is likely that the boss or business will see the comment. That happened to be the case for Cheryl James. She was actually fired from her duty as a nurse after she let her frustration be known on a Facebook post. James posted on her Facebook wall that “she had come face-to-face with a ‘cop killer’ and that she hoped he rotted in hell,” referring to a patient she had treated earlier in the day (“Nurse Fired”). James business saw the post and fired her the next day.

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