CONSIDER IT--IT'S POSSIBLE
If you are a Twitter or Facebook user, most of us are guilty of this.
TMI. Too much information.
“Hey all! I’m going to Chicago this weekend!”
“I’m off to a party!”
“Going on vacation for a week!”
We innocently tell our “friends” what we are doing and where we are going constantly. Our society is at an all-time high with the insurmountable and overwhelming abundance of “information overload”.
You are thinking, “It’s not a big deal….these are my ‘friends’, right?”
I challenge you to look closely at your entire friend list on Twitter or Facebook. Sure, you’ve got your real “friends and family”, but I’d be willing to bet you have people listed as “friends” you barely know, are slight acquaintances with, or maybe just “internet friends” you “think” you know, but in reality DON’T know.
One internet site discussed this very topic and a commenter wrote:
“My best friends are people I've met online. Met one on WoW and have known him for 2 years, and the other…I've known him for nearly 5 years. I feel closer to both of these people than anybody I know…and I don't see that ever changing.”
Be honest with yourself. Do you really KNOW these people? Is the innocent “twittering” and “facebook updates” of your personal information getting into the wrong hands?
“I’m going to a party at 222 Walnut St. tonight!”
Suppose someone on your “friend list” sees the information of your evening excursion? What if this information becomes the direct cause of an assault, rape, robbery or any other criminal victimization against you?
“I’m headed to Hawaii for a week! Can’t wait!”
What if that “friend” reads that you will be gone for an extended time; right down to the details of when you will be gone, and when you will return. Knowing your house or apartment will be empty is a criminal’s dream come true. It’s not hard to locate a person’s address online; thus you may have a potential burglary at hand.
By giving too much “TMI”, this will only set you up for a potentially bad or harmful situation. If you feel it necessary to tell friends you will be out of town or what you are planning on doing or going, think about emailing them individually.“Twitter” and “Facebook” are not bad things. Just look at how you use it, become aware, and act responsibly. You’re smarter than that, right?