Earlier this week I came across this post Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook in which danah boyd talks about the practices teens undertake to reduce privacy issues and drama on Facebook. I found it fascinating, not just because of the efforts they put into it, its not easy, but because I do a few of these things and I don’t know of anyone else who does. My efforts seem a little pathetic next to theirs.
One of the girls deactivates her account anytime she’s not on Facebook, these keeps people from posting on her wall and browsing her content when she isn’t around. Another deletes all activity shortly after its posted.
I delete all “recent activity” posts immediately or as soon as I return to a PC. It annoyed me to no end when Facebook removed the setting that allowed me to turn this off.
I delete old photos, not all of them, just ones I don’t want up any more for one reason or another. Though I probably will delete everything from 2009 soon.*
I delete old status updates, again not all of them, just ones whos moment has past.
What efforts do you make to reduce potential drama or protect privacy?
*Yes I’m aware of the reports that photos are still on the server.
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