The use of social media websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and numerous other sites has exploded in recent years. Facebook on its own has over 1.1 billion users. These websites certainly offer good ways to connect quickly with friends and relatives who may not live close by us. They allow us to easily view information, pictures and videos shared by our friends and to share our own.
Things To Consider about Social Media
While Facebook and other websites can be great for sharing information, people often forget to consider who may end up seeing the information they post on these websites. For example, people do not consider that this information may get revealed to their employer, an insurance company or that insurance company’s attorney if they are injured and end up having to file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. This blog series will discuss the various issues associated with Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites as they pertain to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.
Should I Use Facebook?
Despite the growth of social media websites worldwide, there is certainly no requirement that you participate in social media. So, the first question you should ask yourself is whether you want to participate in social media at all. You may prefer to keep your life private. Even if you have posted to Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media website in the past, you can simply stop using those websites in the future. If you stop using social media now, you will not have to worry as much about your information falling into unwanted hands because you will not be posting that information anymore.
Despite the risks, many, if not most, people are going to choose to continue posting on social media websites because of the benefits that these websites provide. If you make this decision, then there are still some important things you should consider about your use of those websites to maximize the chance that the information you post is only accessed by the people you want to see that information. We’ll discuss one of the most important of those things, reviewing the privacy settings on your social media accounts, in my next blog post in this series.