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Advice for Facutly

From the Chronicle:

How not to Lose Face on Facebook

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Yet another reminder that the internet is a public realm, and should be treated accordingly.
I'm on facebook (have been for years) and I'm always very careful about what I post there. I'm constantly amazed at what my students will post openly there -- maybe they're unaware of these privacy settings? (I just updated and reviewed mine -- tweaked them a bit so a few more elements are only visible to friends. Never a bad idea to review these settings on a regular basis!)
Exactly. I double-checked just to make sure that only my info is available to people off my f-list.
Somehow, some of my comments and my profile information were being made more widely available than I remembered them being set as. I suspect that adding new applications might bugger up settings. I locked things down a bit though, as I said, using facebook as a very public page, I try to keep everything I share there quite innocuous.

I consider that site to be like the door of my office -- anything I wouldn't be willing to post there won't go up on FB!
I go through and remove applications frequently for just that reason.

i should add--I also have family on my FB so I post pictures of my daughter. These are not things I want people off my list seeing, certainly not potential employers or students given the bias against women with children in academia.

Edited at 2009-02-02 05:03 pm (UTC)
If I weren't tenured and on the job market, I would probably do this, as well. It's sad but true that Google searches are becoming a standard in preparing short lists for jobs and the most innocuous things can knock somebody off of the list.

I know that I have students who visit my public blog and some have also ferreted out this particular pseudonym (if not on LJ). Anyone who thinks that simply adopting a pseudonym is enough to hide their tracks is dreaming. It's vital to control access to all sorts of things including family photos and contact information. Or consider whether or not these should be posted online at all (which is what amazes me about the "crazy-drunk" photos people like to share of themselves on FB).
Yeah. I don't like the idea of not being able to share school photos and such with my family but I worry about and am meticulous about who has access to them.
Or consider whether or not these should be posted online at all (which is what amazes me about the "crazy-drunk" photos people like to share of themselves on FB).

*nodnod* It amazes me the stuff my students cheerfully and publicly post. I have a couple of webpages here and there with hobby-related stuff on the 'Net and it's not just under a pseudonym, it's meta-tagged so that search engines don't pick it up.
I consider that site to be like the door of my office -- anything I wouldn't be willing to post there won't go up on FB!

That's an excellent analogy!
I think of my facebook page as presenting my public face. At first the only "friends" I had were students! (I don't friend students first, but if they friend me I friend them back). It was a useful exercise for me to fill out my profile while thinking how I wanted my students to see me.

I have photographs of my family there too, because that I am a mother is part of who I am! More than a few students (especially graduate students) have told me they are encouraged to see it actually is possible to be a parent and a professor. The only way to counter bias is to be visible, IMO.
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