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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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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.


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