Friday, February 06, 2009

What's next? Twitiquette?

I suppose technology has always been an endless source of stories about inappropriate use which, in turn, is a source of hilarity -- and some angst as well. Whenever Tech-X makes it easy for you to talk to anyone other than yourself -- email, mailing lists, USENET groups, blogs, and now 'social networking sites' -- along comes an army of people playing on this angst to start teaching you how to use it without hurting yourself. Like you are a baby.

Here's the latest. It purports to teach professors -- yes, professors ;-) -- about How Not to Lose Face on Facebook. Here's a step-by-step procedure to set your privacy settings:

Here's what you should check: Under "Settings," look for the "Privacy" section. Click on "Profile" to control who can see your pages. The default is to share with anyone on your network — many professors join the network for their college, but some might choose the one for the city where they live — along with anyone marked as a "friend." You may want to change that setting to "Only Friends," to keep out others who happen to be on your network.

Sheesh! Over three years ago, it was all about what (not) to say in our blogs. Now, it's privacy settings in Facebook.

What's next? Twitter etiquette? Oh, wait ...