how do I change my profile so it becomes private? I am not sure whether it is private or not
I wonder if he tried looking at my Facebook, I'm so glad I have really high privacy settings!!
If people are stupid enough to post potentially dodgy photos/offensive comments on their Facebook *and* have their profiles set to public, then they deserve everything that's coming to them! The Internet is a public domain, and with all the millions of privacy settings FB has introduced recently, there's no excuse for people complaining if individuals aside from their friends are looking at their profile, then using it to formulate an opinion of them!
I'm not surprised that this is happened as there's a news article on the web also about some intern in the US who called in 'sick', but posted up drunken photos on his FB, which his employee saw. He was subsequently fired. Personally I hate social networking sites as I think they're shallow and ridiculous - I know so many people who have hundreds and hundreds of 'friends' and don't even know half of them more than on an acquaintance level.
Also how blase some people are about their personal details - if you do have an 'open' profile, you should not have your telephone number, address etc in the contact section shown. It seems as if so many young people do not realise the power of even a small bit of information - just a name can be used to find out a lot more. I apologise if this sounds paranoid, but websites like 192.com will give you electoral records for a very small fee!
I'm not even very happy giving my real name out on the Internet - something which Facebook relies upon. You have to remember that anything you post in a 'public area' on the Internet could potentially be accessed by anyone, unless you take action to prevent it.
So easy to lie on facebook though... Just glam yourself up
Our senior tutor also joined Facebook last year, presumably to spy on us. We all responded by setting our privacy settings to block "Cambridge Faculty" and "Cambridge Staff".
If you know how to use Facebook properly you can still put information on there but set your privacy settings so only certain people get to see it. For example when people have their email addresses and phone numbers on there (set so only friends can see) it's a great help when I'm desperate to talk to them for whatever reason. I think it's a bit silly though when people have their full home addresses up... though if you know someone's name and college, you essentially know their (term-time) address anyway! I also have mine set so that anybody from the Cambridge network can see more than anybody from my local or school networks (eg. e-mail address), as I consider the Cambridge network more "trustworthy" as you need a cam.ac.uk e-mail address to join (and, besides, if they're desperate for my email they can look me up on the Hermes directory).
I saw this in the paper today and was relieved that my privacy settings are such that only my friends and people at my school can see my page, not that there was anything on there that Cambridge would have disapproved of anyway. But I know someone who applied to Cambridge whose profile is completely public so the admissions tutor could well look at his page if they wanted to.
I have since realised that the articles was not referring to undergraduate admissions, but it is still possible that admissions tutors do look. I know if I were an admissions tutor I would be tempted... I think the moral of the story here is to make sure you have sufficient privacy setting.
I would also like to note that Camdon admitted to looking around Facebook in another thread... so news like this is only going to be more frequent in the future.
I reckon they just want to know what all the fuss about facebook is...
Well, Cambridge has had Faceboon for nearly 4 years now, if not longer. It wouldn't really surprise me to hear that staff were involved. Of course, back when I were a Fresher, applicants wouldn't have been able to have profiles- nor anyone at any other university outside Oxbridge. That changed, though... it is amusing when it first went wider to the academy then to anyone; we'd had it for years already!
I'm tempted to message the Fellow and ask if he's refering to staff or applicants, to clear this one up!