How to Stay Private and Secure on Facebook (2014)

Not ready to give up Facebook, but privacy is important to you? Here’s how you can get as close as you can to actual privacy barring deleting your account:

Do You Mix Work and Play on Social Media?

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Do you friend your co-workers, or stay far, far away?

How Social Media Has Complicated Work Relationships says, “All workers have to consider their social-network relationships as they develop their careers and network at the office.”

For me, those lines are certainly disappearing.

I’m not online just because it’s fun. My job involves strategy, campaigns, research, and engagement, though all you may ever see is a tweet or brand page update. That’s the end product.

The deliberation that goes into it takes far more work. I’m not saying the process doesn’t become almost effortless the more you do it, but if I don’t keep all the tenets of our brand, ethics, philosophy, and message foremost in my head, well, we’ve all seen what happens to hapless employees for sending that one stupid tweet.

But social media makes things so easy. Easy to cross-post things from my work accounts to my personal accounts or vice versa because I think they’re cool, helpful, or relevant. Easy to find people who do what I do. Easy to engage.

And it’s easy to friend work people on my personal Facebook, because friends will find me out there as a result of what I do no matter if they have a “work” or “personal” designation.

While I do try to have a very conscious, think-before-I-click moment when I friend work people on my personal Facebook, I have to say, sometimes I just get tired. I relax my rigid rules because I’m out there all day, and can’t exactly ignore the fact that my job still exists at night. I’m still all up on privacy, but I’ve grown used to short cuts.

I do feel lucky to have work friends that have become real friends, the kind you don’t mind seeing outside of work. But is there a risk in letting work and play mix?

Mind you, it’s never a good idea to complain about work online; last week I read about a coworker who thoughtfully printed out someone’s ranty Facebook posts and handed them to their boss. You just never know for sure what people are thinking behind their screens.

But outside of that–do you friend co-workers on your personal accounts? Why or why not?

New NewsFeed Has Unexpected Change

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So Facebook has once again changed how its NewsFeed looks, claiming it took our feedback; fine, whatever, right?

Except there’s another change I noticed that I find just a little annoying because I was used to a convenience I didn’t even know I had: The left side of the screen.

In your Home view, the left side is filled with all of your options, from Messages to Events, to Pages you admin, to Groups, Friends, and Apps.

On your own profile page or corporate Pages, the left side nav disappears. I wasn’t just imagining that it used to be there, was I?

Now to get anywhere else on Facebook besides using the Search bar up top, I have to click on Home to get my left side nav back to click to go to another place on Facebook.

More than just a whine until I get used to it? Maybe. I just wonder at the reasoning behind it. There’s a lot of research and logic behind not making customers have to click more than they should to get where they need to go. (And yes, we are Facebook customers even if we aren’t paying for a thing; we’re freely giving all our information to Facebook and countless advertisers.) It just seems a little lacking on the logic side.

One thing I do like is the pop-out window when I click on an item from the right-side ticker on the Home feed. I can respond to a comment without disrupting my scrolling. Not bad!

Has this change hit you yet? Do you even care?