Back in April I wrote a post about parent and child interaction on Facebook: My Mom is on Facebook. I am happy to say, my mom has not thrown in the towel yet, despite all the changes Facebook has “endured” over the past few months. Although, her usage, which was never high anyway, has slowed down.
(Guess the novelty wore out ^_-)
The reason I’d like to remind you my mom is still on Facebook, is because of another change that is on the doorstep of Facebook. The way we share to Facebook is about to drastically change. Right now, with a few exceptions, we are used to seeing the various buttons below to share items we come across while strolling the Internet.
Most people don’t watch social media/networking live announcements for fun. Just a “special” group of us who need to know everything, now. In addition to announcing the major changes that were rolling out in the design and layout of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced how information sharing will also change.
When your Timeline is activated, you will be able to automatically send the information you are looking at to Facebook (read more). Instead of using a share button (above), you activate the “Add to Timeline” on any participating website and whatever you click on will be shared with your family…friends…and coworkers on Facebook.
Personally, I don’t mind this new feature, because I just won’t click “Add to Timeline”, to be frank. But many users will and not realize that their clicks on the website will be now say what is shared to Facebook.
What Does This Mean To Me?
For example…. Washington Post adds this new feature to their website. You activate the feature and begin clicking away through WashingtonPost.com.
….You click and read about President Obama’s new fight with Congress…
….You click and read about wild fires in Texas…
….You click and read about the new exotic sex exhibit at the Smithsonian… (not really, but you get the picture)
This is now all on your Facebook.
The new Facebook Timeline
I cannot stress that you have to take control of your privacy settings. I get frustrated by those who are upset about how much “sharing” occurs on Facebook. My unprofessional soapbox opinion is, you are an adult, take control of your own Facebook settings. Only share what you want to share. You do not have to use this feature.
If you do decide to use this feature, just be smart about it. Don’t forget to check the settings, especially if you’re connected to online to your coworkers and children. You may also want to think twice even if you’re an adult who is Facebook Friends with your Mother. She may not really need to know about the sex exhibit either…
Most of all, don’t forget the internet is public and searchable. << This is how people get fired on their day off.
Do you find that you’re still struggling with the new settings? Leave me a comment or send an email to Info@MonyelleMingo.com.
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