• Paula Anderson

Social media privacy

by Paula Anderson

Social media privacy was a major concern for me because I did not want to expose my personal life to others. I officially started using Facebook ® in 2015 primarily because public relations requires social media activity.

I had a lot of downtime during that year, so it gave me the opportunity to build an online presence. I reached out to a few family members and friends and I posted comments about things that interested me such as inspirational quotes, scripture verses and positive messages.

As a user, I only post things that I want people to know about me. As mentioned in the article, Negotiating Privacy and Intimacy on Social Media: Review and Recommendation your intended audience may go beyond who will see your content.


This is one of the reasons why I view the number of friends a person has before I accept requests. I also monitor what type of posts and videos they share. In my opinion, this is connected to my personal brand.

As a mother, instructor, journalist, and community leader, I want my image to be consistent in every aspect. Therefore, I do not post messages that could be seen in a negative light.

Secondly, what you post on social media platforms speaks to your character and behavior and says a lot about you as a person. No one is perfect, but it is wise to be cautious when posting content.

Thirdly, personal branding is just another term for your reputation as an individual. What you do in private is one thing, but when it is shared with numerous people it is subject to scrutiny.

Having a social media presence is good, but it is wise to be cautious and post content that will not come back to haunt you later.

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