Today I read an article on Yahoo! News via Consumer Reports that discussed the 7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook. You can read the full explanations by clicking on the title, but in short the seven things were:
1. Using a Weak Password
2. Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
3. Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls
4. Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption
5. Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home
6. Letting Search Engines Find You
7. Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised
When I read over these, for the most part my first reaction was DUH! And specifically #5 - it always makes me cringe when I see my friends talking about going on vacation OR mentioning that their husbands will be gone for a week. I personally think that is just a horrible idea, and evidently Yahoo! and Consumer Reports agree with me. If you read the article, it says you can mention how fun the trip was when you get back, but announcing you will be gone is like putting a no one is home sign on your door.
But here's where the Traveling Light Reader Poll comes in. The #4 thing has to do with children's names. I have never considered this being a big deal, especially on facebook since I control who sees what on that particular site. As for my blog, I have occasionally questioned if I should use my kids' names on here or not, thinking that if I don't give my specific location and do not give my last name, does it really matter?
What do you think? Do you think it's ok to use first names on your blog? What about facebook? And specifically children's names?
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