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Privacy Versus Transparency

April 14, 2014, 7:15 AM by Brittany Larson

Privacy Versus Transparency

These days, being so transparent on social media might not necessarily be a good thing.

"There's probably very little privacy.  I think that privacy we think we have is more of an illusion anyway," Minneapolis native, Barb Pratt said.

Pratt is visiting Sioux Falls from Minneapolis but her short getaway wasn't something she shared online. For now, she's avoids social media.

"I really like a face to face contact and I'm afraid if I submitted myself to that, that I might just be completely consumed with it. And I don't really enjoy interacting with a computer screen," Pratt said.

This year, Facebook celebrated a milestone. For the past 10 years, billions of users shared photos, updated statuses and possibly accepted way too many friend requests.

"I probably know a fraction of the people that I'm friends with on Facebook, so I’m being a lot more selective about what I post in general,” Avid social media user, Aubrey Bohl said.

"You forget that sometimes you may have friends on Facebook who maybe aren't super close personally friends and you don't always know what their motives are and you don't know them as well as your deep personal friends," Content Strategist at Click Rain, Sarah Werner said.

Werner recommends being very selective about what you post, especially if you're going out of town.

"We tell our clients that sometimes posting when you're on vacation is essentially like hey my home is open for you to come and steal things from and so we want to make sure that people are aware of that," Werner said.

But even though it's risky some people still feel inclined to share.

"Here are 11 million posts using the hashtag vacation," Werner said.

"On Twitter my location service is off," Bohl said.

Bohl just bought a house here in Sioux Falls and recently posted a status that she was going to Nashville, but her mom expressed some concerns.

"My mom texted me and said, 'Do you think you should post on Facebook?' That I was going out of town for so long, especially when I live alone so it make it a prime target," Bohl said.

While the hashtag "vacation" might be trending on social media, Pratt doesn't feel the need to share.

"Is it bragging, I mean do people really care? I don't even show my travel pictures to people when I get back," Pratt said.

Werner’s final piece of advice: just be in the moment.

"Enjoy yourself when you come back in the dreary South Dakota; that's a good time to relive and to share," Werner said.

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