Privacy concerns are among the most sensitive criteria to trust such and such website or social network. With no doubt, websites are asked to not abuse your personal data, and to ensure your privacy by giving you options and settings to control who can search for you (e.g. on Facebook). Don’t hesitate to regularly check latest updates of privacy settings , to fully take advantage on them.
Linking profiles together, good idea ?
In order to make it easy to connect and to update your fans/friends on different networks, you can find it useful to connect your facebook wall to your twitter profile, for instance. That’s great. Let us, however, imagine this situation : you are networking for new books on your Scribd profile, which is linked to your Twitter. Your friends will know instantly what are you reading, whatever is the book. Are you ready to get your beliefs and private interests public ?
Shall we cluster our contacts as far as possible (e.g. using Facebook Lists), to prevent such situations ? Unfortunately, not every social website has advanced privacy settings.
We have different faces
Shall we have multiple accounts ? Shall I switch to my second “private” Scribd profile, to read “private” books? Or shall we simply unlink our Scribd profile (in this case) with global networks where expose our life to our families, friends, colleagues, and may be fans ?
This is a big issue, in my opinion, perfection can’t be reached shortly, meanwhile, I believe that more than one has… two (or more) profiles, in the world wide web. How many ?