Ok, I had a bit of a stalker scare recently. Some creepy dude with a name I didn’t recognize (nor could I pronounce it) liked several pictures of Ava and me on Facebook. Freaked out. Completely. At first I was all, “Who the hell is this freak?” And then I looked to see where he came from. It was work-related.
Apparently, if you manage a group page for someone or some company or organization, you can’t post as that entity. Anything you update or post on that page will be posted from your personal profile. Who knew? Well, as a “social media guru” I certainly should have known all about that mess. Looks like I missed something along the way to gurudom…
All I did was update the “About” section of one of my clients’ group pages and my sweet little mug appeared in the timeline. And I didn’t notice it for several hours.
When I started getting alerts that this creep was liking my photos, I panicked. I went into investigation mode and found the source and immediately blocked him from the group page. Maybe rash, maybe not, but I run the page so there you have it. Then I investigated photo privacy settings in Facebook. Anything you upload as a profile or cover image will be permanently public no matter what you do. Not only that, but mobile photo uploads are also automatically public and each photo has to be individuallyset to your custom viewing settings. Not the folder. No, Facebook doesn’t want your privacy to be easily protected.
Whatever Zuckerberg. Tool.
I spent 2+ hours scouring my profile, deleting folders and pictures and updating privacy settings on everything. Pain in the ass. But well worth it. Now my little monkey is locked down on Facebook for only the privileged few.
Here on ASM, I do have some pictures of Miss Ava Sassy Pants, but our last name, address, and otherwise identifying information is left out of the picture. It will remain that way forever.
Isn’t it a shame that in the current state of our global village that nothing is sacred. Just try googling yourself – I suggest taking a few shots before you do.