Before starting, here are the 3 cardinal rules always to be remebered while doing OSN
- Rule 1 - The internet is a public domain and everything you do is visible to others, always.
- Rule 2 - An image once created online is difficult to change. Multiple images are a bad idea.
- Rule 3 - Just like the civilised world has its dark underworld, the clean OSN sites have their own imposters and marauders, continuously indulging in faking, duping and socialising!
Dangers of doing OSN (Online Social Networking)
Simple safety tips for OSN enthusiasts
- Do not hesitate in "removing" people from your Friends List if you find they are violating your privacy
- Be very careful in designing your profile, especially on sites like LinkedIn, as smart employers see it regularly (and will DEFINITELY see when you are up for an interview) - so if your profile carries typos/spelling errors/grammatical mistakes, may the Lord be with you
- Do not allow anyone to post your personal photos and videos, without explicit approval. Girls and Ladies - pay special attention
- Do not publicly display your images or videos that show you in a careless state (drinking, smoking, obscenities, driving rash, etc.)
- Run away, as fast as you can, from "friends" who always "like" each of your status, photos, videos and your dog's tail and excrement. They are the online equivalents of the offline world bootlickers who sicken you so easily
- Beware of individuals who suddenly have developed an affection for you - For ex. your colleague(s) from an ex-employer's place where you too worked earlier. Most likely, there's some big selfish motive at work :-(
- It is very easy for your competitor to sneak into your friends list. So remain awake to the possibility of your stuff getting instantly shared with everyone else, always. And that's why I say that OSN is all about public stuff, not private (at least not what you do not wish the world to know)
- Anything you do not want a citizen of Slovakia to know, do not post on any of the OSN sites. NOT ONE OF THEM
- Unemployed, under-employed and carelessly-employed people leave a classic trail on OSN sites - high frequency positive usage with inane postings, and ultra-happy photos
- So, what seems to be, may not be. People can forge their profiles and postings to convey a sense of amazing success and well-being, whereas they may be bankrupt, jobless or plain-simple unsuccessful. Be careful in committing your name and credibility to anyone you suspect of anything stupid
- A single nasty comment during chatting, or a single obscene post on your wall - and press the REMOVE button. Don't think twice
- Do not hesitate in deleting stuff you think was a mistake to post. And pray to God no one has already copied it onto their disks
- Maintain one common image across various OSN sites. Multiple identities (totally unrelated) are a clear signal that you cannot be trusted
Enjoy the OSN experience, with all precautions. All the best!