Social Media

Your Social Media Posts Do Not Belong To You

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer ~

In the video below, Mark Cuban warns us about the biggest mistake we don’t know we are making on social media. You will hear the real reason he made this video at the 4:18 mark. For those first 4 minutes and 18 seconds, Mr. Cuban is artfully employing a tried and true sales tactic called FUD – Fear, uncertainty and doubt. If he can cause even just a little fear, uncertainty or doubt, he may make you believe that you need to be protected from whatever is causing it.


FUD is the bait. Just when you begin to nibble, he wiggles it a little bit more. And BAM! He sets the hook. He happens to have the solution with two types of social media software he is creating.  

I am not suggesting that Mr. Cuban is wrong, or even that you should not be a little afraid. I am only saying that you should put his points in to the proper context. In fact, he has some very good points. The salesman that are the best at using the FUD technique, hardly ever lie. Sometimes, they can even help you understand a very important concept. Their product may will indeed, be of great value!


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Mark says something in this video that is very true and I think, very powerful. He said, and I am paraphrasing, “The minute you hit send, you are no longer the owner of that text. Whoever you sent it to is.” They own that text. If it is a post on social media, they own that post. They can do whatever they want to with it.

This is one of the points I was trying to make in two earlier blog posts: Why All My Facebook Posts Are Public and 8 Reasons You Should Post to The Goolge+ “Public” Stream. I believe that making all your posts public will help you to grow your social presence. 

Mark Cuban is creating software, “Expire” and “Cyberdust,”  to cover your social tracks, so no one can pry into what you have been doing online. These applications, and “Snapchat” before them, are intended to hide, or erase from your social record, any indiscretion that could be used against you.

How I deal with the lack of privacy on the Net

My way of dealing with the lack of privacy on the Internet, is almost the exact opposite approach. I want my record known to as many people as possible. I am trying to build a platform from which I can make my voice heard. I try and behave as if I was in public. I don’t share anything I wouldn’t want others to see. I don’t talk about people in my Circles or my “friends,” and I try not to post about politics or religion. As your Mom probably warned you too, those subjects are not for polite company.

My method is liberating in a way. I don’t worry about something I said about someone in confidence, being discovered, because I don’t say it to begin with. By posting everything to public, I am more careful about what I write. I also don’t have to worry about accidentally posting something meant to be private, to public. I post everything publicly! This method may not work for you, but I have been using it for quite a while now. I know it works for me!

Another one of dear old Mom’s admonishments that I have grown to see the wisdom of, “If you cannot say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

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GoDaddy’s Social Outreach Made this Customer Feel Important

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By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer ~

I want to give a shout out to *Heather* at GoDaddy. I wasn’t having a good time yesterday. My GoDaddy website was down. I talked to two different support people while trying to figure out how to get it back up and running.


The first one was great. Even though we didn’t get my site back up, he helped me change some billing information and talked me into renewing my hosting agreements and a few domain registrations for another year. All this while my site was still down!

I didn’t have a very good experience with the second one. I had my little rant in a Google+ post yesterday and I hashtagged GoDaddy. Within a few minutes, I got a comment from Heather at GoDaddy, with what I felt, was a sincere concern and offer of help.

My website came backup soon afterward. I don’t know if Heather had anything to do with it or not, but she calmed a customer and made me feel a lot better about being one.

So I am very excited about GoDaddy’s presence here on LinkedIn, Google+, and of course, Twitter and Facebook. They have already demonstrated their social outreach’s value to me. Of course, social media shouldn’t be a place to rant or yell for help, but I am pumped, knowing they are here participating in communities that have become my home on the Internet. 

Despite my problem yesterday, GoDaddy has been a great place to host my site. I am also an affiliate, and I recommend GoDaddy to my customers. I have developed several websites that are now hosted with GoDaddy, and my customers have been well served. It is only the second time my site has had issues since it went live over 3 years ago.

So, thank you Heather! I love GoDaddy’s LinkedIn page, and your new Google+ page! I know they will be great resources for me, my customers, and all GoDaddy customers. This is how social media is done!

Why All My Facebook Posts Are Public


All my Facebook posts are public. Anyone with a Facebook account can see all my posts. They may not appear in every Facebook user’s news feed, but anyone can see them if they want.

If you are not my Facebook “friend,” my posts won’t appear in your news feed, but you can go to my Facebook page (wall) and see all of them. You can see all my photos too.
I’m not advocating the same for you, I’m only telling you what I do. 

Here is why:

  • Posting to “friends” only, gives you a false sense of privacy.

Your friends can share that post publicly if they want to and you can’t do anything about it.

If you have a lot of “friends”, posting to them only, is like gossiping at a cocktail party and hoping no one will overhear.  

It is easy to create a Facebook profile, complete with picture, of anyone you wish to impersonate. Facebook does not ask you to prove you are who you say you are. I know professional skip tracers that do just this, to trick people into “friending” them so they can locate them.

  • Posting to friends only, doesn’t do anything to increase the odds they will see my posts. They have the same chances of seeing my public posts.

  • Posting publicly helps me to think about what I’m putting out there. 

Knowing that anyone can see my Facebook posts and photos, helps to keep me from divulging information that would embarrass me or compromise my safety.

It also helps me to be more tactful and sensitive to others feelings. If I know that something I post could hurt someone, I don’t post it.

  • If a potential employer or customer visits my Facebook page, I don’t have to worry about what information they can see. They can see it all! 

If I am in the habit of always being positive and friendly, they will see that I am. I will appear more savvy about social networking, something many of them care about. 

  • I don’t have to worry about accidentally posting to “Public.” I do it on purpose!

Some people group their friends into lists. They may have a “friends who can see what I don’t wan’t my boss to know about” list. They may have another list called  “friends who can see what I don’t wan’t my mother to know about.”  Seems like a sure fire recipe for confusion and accidents to me.

Whenever you create a new post, Facebook’s privacy setting defaults to the same setting as your last post. If you post some things to “Friends,” or other list, and some to “Public,” it’s easy to forget to check your settings and post things where you didn’t intend to. 

I use lists, but only to organize my news feed for my reading convenience. In my blog post –  

The Facebook Rodeo – How to Corral Your News Feed

 – I explain how to create lists to organize a crowded news feed.

  • I don’t have to worry about who can see my posts if Facebook changes their security policies.

  • I don’t have to worry about big brother conspiracy theories.

  • You can post publicly without compromising your safety.

I use WOT (Web of Trust) to alert me to suspicious links that may lead to malicious websites, because friends can, and often do, pass along suspicious links. WOT will show you a small button beside the link that will indicate its trustworthiness. It also works with links on Google search results pages.

  • Posting publicly still allows me to control what is posted on my timeline (wall) and on my behalf.

Just because strangers can see my posts, doesn’t mean they can post to my timeline. I do not allow anyone but me to post to my timeline, not even friends. I control everything that is posted on my wall or on my behalf. 

There’s not much worse than a friend posting something to your timeline that casts you in a negative light, right after you applied for that dream job. What if the hiring manager decides to look you up on Facebook, and there is a post of Cheech and Chong puffing a big doobie, on your page? 

I would strongly recommend that you control what goes onto your timeline, by setting “Who can post to your timeline” to “Only me.” You should also set “Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?” to “On” or “Enabled.” You probably don’t want to find you’ve been tagged in a photo of Miss January on your timeline.

There are other tools that can help protect you on Facebook too. 

Remember, even your “friends” may not have proven their identity. You should always protect yourself from phishing, scams and malware, regardless of how you post. A little common sense can go a long way too.

I always post publicly on Google+ too, but their are reasons that are particular to Google+ that don’t apply to Facebook. For one, Google’s search engine indexes all public posts on Google+. My posts could show up in search results and help someone find my blog or business web site. 

When I first began using Facebook, I was all stressed out about privacy and who could see what. Now I just assume everyone can see everything. No more stress!

You may not feel comfortable using Facebook the same way I do, or posting all your posts publicly, and that’s OK. I hope I helped you to understand a little more about Facebook, and why you don’t really have to stress out either!

Other resources and tools to help you stay safe on social media:


Web of Trust (WOT) is a website reputation and review service that helps people make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not.

Bitdefender Safego is a free app for your Facebook account. It protects you, and your friends from malware threats that attempt to exploit the trust you’ve built with them. Safego keeps you safe from all sorts of e-trouble, including scams, spam, malware, and private data exposure.

How to build the ultimate PC security suite for free – PCWorld

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Buffer adds Google+ pages

Now you can use Buffer to schedule posts to your Google+ page. If you use your Google+ business page as a service to your customers, by providing relevant information they can use, this will be a good tool to help you do that more effectively.

If you use your business page as a tool to promote customer interaction, scheduling posts may not be right for you. Of course, comments and +1s will always be in real time, and you will be able to post directly to your stream as always. 

You won’t be able to schedule posts to your personal profile with Buffer. Google has not provided the API for that yet. Maybe they feel that time shifting posts to your personal profile takes away some of the “social” of social networks. 

Hootsuite has offered Google+ page post scheduling for some time now, but if Buffer is your primary social media tool, now you are closer to using one tool for all your scheduling needs.

How do you feel about scheduling posts to Google+? Do you think it will help or hurt engagement?

Buffer ~ http://bufferapp.com/

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