The recent facebook private messages ‘disaster’ over the last week has made those that know about it very scared.
For those that don’t know, last week, it was revealed that our private messages from dates as early as 2007 could be accessible to all your friends on facebook. At the time of writing this, it hadn’t been confirmed but I have had friends complain about their private messages showing.
So if you haven’t had a look at your profile/timeline page yet, go to it, and look on the right of the page and click through the years from 2007 onwards to see if you have some old private messages showing and simply hover over the ones you want to hide/delete and click the pencil button that appears.
This is a technological glitch if ever I’ve seen one. The ramifications are huge, imagine a message the boss sent to another employee about you being not good enough or you bagging out a client to your wife in a way you thought was secure. Depending on how many people this has affected, lawyers would be rubbing their hands together with the thought of the many impending legal battles coming their way as a result.
There’s a much bigger picture though, this social media glitch is just one of many things that can go wrong with technology. The ‘problem’ is it’s too fast, an email is sent in seconds to the wrong person and the wrong bank account details can be entered and money sent to an undeserving person.
Life goes by so fast these days and sometimes we need to slow down and think twice about what your about to do. Prevention is better than cure after all. The facebook glitch wouldn’t have the same affect if people hadn’t said something wrong in a private message in the first place.
Treat others how you want to be treated and your business will benefit. Do business the right way, the smart way.
Michael is a business advisor that gives real and modern business advice that encourages thinking different and using strategies that are unique. To date, he has given over 4000+ hours of advisory with business owners.
He was awarded the Best Business Enterprise Centre Mentor/Advisor Australia 2014 and also the youngest person to ever receive the award.
He is a regular contributor to many publications including the national 'Inside Small Business Magazine', Business columnist for 'The Western weekender', 'The Village Voice' and more.