The story of using social media privacy is the story of a person who is successful at networking without
giving up too much information about themselves. The truth about most of the social networks that
exist is that they do not manage the privacy of their users well. They actually cannot do so by definition,
because they have developed a system that does not rely on front end monetization. They have
developed systems where the paradigm has always been that the use of the system is free. Therefore,
they are hard pressed to change that reality because the users would mutiny and leave the system if the
business changed how they monetized their own systems.
The monetization of most social media systems is advertising and the competitive edge they use to
compete against other advertising methods is the amount of information they have about their users.
This is no small advantage, the more a business knows about who does business with them; the better
they can target a customer and make money. However, this is not the end point of this knowledge, once
they have figured that out, they need to find a system to find these people and make offers to them.
There is no better place to do this than on the social media systems because they already have this
information in their systems. Therefore, it is a slam dunk for the business to use the social networks to
target those people who are pre-disposed to buying from them.
A smart social media user can avoid all this by having a plan and sticking to that plan no matter what
occurs on the social media system. There are tons of reasons to break a social media plan; however,
almost none of them are worth the loss of privacy that the user will experience if they do such a thing.
This means that the plan needs to account for the possible peer pressure that a user will experience on
the social networks.
The truth about the situation is that friends and family will begin playing fun games on the social
networks and they will invite the person to play with them. However, this always gives the social media
system more information about that person and every little piece of information about the user brings
them closer to targeted ads that they will not be able to resist. Therefore, a person must be careful with
what they do on the social networking system and have a plan worked out to avoid the peer pressure
they will face in the future.
In conclusion, a person who is successful at maintaining their social media privacy is a person who can
network with their friends, family, and associates effectively without giving up too much information to
the social networks. These people have a plan and they follow that plan to the T to give them the
privacy that they want and require. Any person who wants privacy should follow this model and get the
privacy they want and deserve.