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Be careful what you post on social networking sites, as it could come back to haunt you, researchers say

Shopping site Retrevo learned that around 32 percent of people who post on a social networking site regret they shared information so openly. Users who post criticism about workplaces, co-workers, friends, political views, and other controversial topics often don’t consider the possible severity of these posts.

The report focuses on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social networking sites popular among internet users.  Specifically, smartphone users are the most likely to suffer from the so-called "poster's regret," as 54 percent of those polled noted they posted something they later regretted.

Age also plays an important factor into overall poster regret, with 54% of people under the age of 25 saying something they wish they didn't post -- including news updates, photos, videos, and other information.  Just 27% of people over the age of 25 years old are likely to post information they should keep to themselves.

Although many people under the age of 25 may regret posting something, the actual real world impact of these posts remains unclear.  About 40% of those people who posted something were able to remove it without any long standing damage, along with 31% noting that their posts "didn't cause any problems."

This new report from Retrevo isn't too surprising, especially considering how easily it is for people to spy on friends, co-workers, dates, and others.  Middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country are now warning students against posting too much personal information – reminding them that colleges, employers, and others are patrolling social networking sites.

In a recent case, a worker at a North Carolina restaurant was fired after complaining on Facbook about a $5 tip that a couple left after a three-hour stay.

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Is this the best we can do?
By MrBlastman on 5/18/2010 8:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
One in three, that is all? Only one third of all people who post personal information online regret it? I think everyone who posts personal information online should regret it as it shouldn't be there for the world to see.

This is the problem with those social network sites among many others. It is just too easy for someone who knows what they are doing to abuse it. What ever happened to anonyminity online?

Even when BBS's were around--a far smaller scale network of people, typically limited to a city with 100 - 1000 boards (okay, a larger city, smaller ones had far less), people knew then to keep their information aliased so it could not be tied to them nor used against them. What has happened to this world? With all the news of identity theft and fraud, you'd think people would listen.

Wait. What am I saying? Of course they aren't listening. If you listen to all that, you aren't being "cool" and you can't "fit in." Self-esteem be damned, the herd mentality rules us all!

I suppose, if I thought harder, I could come up with a better closing statement, but, for now, I will stick with simplicity.


RE: Is this the best we can do?
By MrBlastman on 5/18/2010 8:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
SP-anonymity :-|

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By freeagle on 5/18/2010 8:31:55 AM , Rating: 4
Well, it's obvious that people want to share. You need to change the system to make personal information hard to use agains someone. Changing the people won't work, there's just too many of us :) But system is only one..

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By xsilver on 5/18/2010 8:33:15 AM , Rating: 2
There's only 1 answer to that:


some 15yr old girl was just killed in my city by a facebook "friend" after they decided to meet.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By MScrip on 5/18/2010 6:38:58 PM , Rating: 2

they decided to meet.

They (the 2 of them)

Decided (conscious effort)

To Meet

And that's what's wrong with kids today.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By Acid Rain on 5/18/2010 8:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, chill.

Not every bit of personal information you post can be used for fraud or identity theft.

People should practice caution, not all out paranoia like your post seems to suggest.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By amanojaku on 5/18/2010 8:40:56 AM , Rating: 3
What ever happened to anonyminity online?
In this brave new world of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, reality TV, etc... it's pretty clear that no one wants to be anonymous. Anonymity means you're just a regular person, scratching to stay alive.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By MrBlastman on 5/18/2010 8:54:37 AM , Rating: 2
Well it is one thing to put your name or picture with something, the problem is, unless you've gone the extra lengths to delist your phone number, your address etc., it can be rather trivial to look you up.

There's nothing wrong with attaching your name to something, actually, I suppose the real problem starts when you post things such as your true date of birth, address, personal info in the form of secret questions, etc., online--willingly, to sites that might be less than scrupulous. It has become quite commonplace now for many a website to ask for that. I laugh whenever I encounter it as it is another opportunity to fill out fake information.

But, when people start posting everything about them on websites like Facebook, twitter about all their daily activity and then host a blog, all tied to them directly, they should not regret it when either it is a. used against them by a criminal or b. used against them by a prospective employer.

If they would regret it, they shouldn't be using those websites at all.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By Smartless on 5/18/2010 3:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Like everyone on this forum with Aliases. Hahaha. Heck to me, reality shows, youtube, facebook, twitter... its so everyone can feel like a "shupershtar". I'm not that old but I do feel commenting on what I do at every point in the day serves ZERO purpose. Lol I'm going to have Zero friends now on Farmville.

RE: Is this the best we can do?
By clovell on 5/18/2010 3:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Out of the entire article, that's what you focus on? I'm not certain what happened to online anonymity, but - do you know what happened to different strokes?

By Lazarus Dark on 5/18/2010 7:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
I regret ever signing up for my first email account or forum. Because once your foot is in the door, you WILL be dragged in. I tried and tried to stay as anonymous as possible for years, but I finally gave in completely this past week. I got a Moto Droid and now people can track my location via GPS or find anything they want about my personal info via facebook (which I was dragged onto kicking and screaming... but its just not possible to live off the net anymore when I was the only one not on.)

I'll still kick and scream every step further, but in the back of my mind, I know I've already lost the war. They have me and unless I want to go live in the woods (which I don't), then I just have to try to work within the system. It's all I can do now.

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