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Monday, July 7, 2014

Swear Off Social Media, for Good or Just for Now

Social Media Landscape
Social Media Landscape (Photo credit: fredcavazza)
If you have a pending workers' compensation claim many believe that you should be off social media entirely since employers and their insurance companies mne the data posted to defend their claims. Others are finalizing realizing that social media sites are not their friend and giving away personal data freely is a very bad thing. I agree, that leaving social media sites generally should be encouraged for personal privacy reasons. Do you want "data brokers" to have your personal information and market it? One should consider getting off social media, the faster the better. It is a tedious process. In today's post by Molly Wood of the NY Times, techniques are explained how to get off social media.

Social media can be a harmless and easy way to keep track of friends, family and news.
It can also be addictive and invasive and produce an archive of bad behavior that can damage relationships or make it hard to get a new job. And, of course, there are privacy worries compounded by a controversial Facebook experiment unearthed recently that turned unwitting users into emotionally manipulated guinea pigs.

That last one might prompt some people to leave Facebook permanently. Or not — it wasn’t exactly the first time Facebook has done something that made some users swear off the service.
So is quitting social media the new thing in social media? That’s hard to say. But if you are planning to go dark, there are plenty of ways to do it.

Typically, people deactivate their Facebook accounts rather than completely deleting them — a bit like a couple taking a “break” rather than breaking...

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