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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/24/13 7:50 P

Wow I never knew that....I googled my SP name and all this stuff came up about my postings etc.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/23/13 2:30 P

Another reason why I do not mention anyone by name on here other than their Sparkname. I also do not post any pictures of my family here on Spark.....

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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7/22/13 10:00 P

This is really an important reminder to understand that Sparkpeople is NOT a private website. Like all website which aren't protected by a password (meaning you have to have a password to access them) they are public. This means that if you don't want Google indexing your information? Don't post it. For that matter, even if it is protected (as in the case of Facebook and friends-only settings) that doesn't mean it can't get out. If even ONE person can see it, there is a chance it could get out. Period. How many people have sent naughty pictures to someone via cell phone, only to have them shared far wider than they ever wanted?

Always be mindful of what you post.

Even if they had the "no indexing" command listed, that doesn't mean it's private. Not all search engines respect that code, and that doesn't mean your information is unavailable.

I live a fairly public online life; it's the nature of my job for my real name to be listed on my company's website, and it doesn't take much to link my virtual and real life identities. So I am always cautious when posting, and if it's not something I don't want my family or employers to see, I don't post it, period.

There's also a lot of overblown paranoia about the damage that can be done with your information. Really, the odds of someone doing something nefarious with your "I just lost 2 lbs" or "I chose my username because I like cats" is slim.

With that said, learn about social hacking. This is the concept of using social cues and know-how to access information online. Security questions can often be compromised by combing someone Facebook "about" page, and leave you vulnerable.

Just be smart. Don't expect someone to protect you. Protect YOURSELF.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,180
7/22/13 6:06 P

Mine is different too from other sites. Sadly, I did respond to the message thread about your username and why you chose it. However, I do not put my real name on my page or any of my message posts.

NSMANN Posts: 977
7/22/13 5:59 P

Yeah I don't like it either. I would vote to have the google indexing removed. Sadly spark management will probably never agree with that because the user content generates a lot of traffic to their site.

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
7/22/13 5:49 P

Oh my! I just googled my nickname! I really don't like that.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,614
7/22/13 5:37 P

Oh my goodness, I've just googled me and stuff that I wrote months ago has come up! Glad I haven't made a spark page now!!

7/22/13 1:30 P

Yep...That's why I have different names too.

Frankly, I would rather my friends, family, and coworkers stay far away from my Spark profile and blogs. I wouldn't feel safe here if they started poking around.

I agree that SP should address this, but they probably won't.

Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 7/22/2013 (13:30)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/22/13 12:50 P

To be honest, it is for that reason, that my "screen name" here is different than "screen names" i may use on other sites. I wouldn't want people following me from, say, an online gaming site my weight loss site profile, or vice versa!

That said... it should be optional. And i think it is - you can put your stuff to offline or invited friends only. Then it wouldn't cache. What would be nice would be some in-between, where our stuff is out there, not behind privacy-setting barriers, yet still not crawled by search engines.

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,048
7/22/13 12:29 P

I'm not the only one who has talked about this, but I'm concerned about the privacy issue of posting on Spark teams and posting blogs. I recently had someone (in real life) make a comment to me about my Spark blog, and it freaked me out because I didn't realize you could just google my "nickname" and have access to all my information.

I've tried to be careful and keep my son and husband's real name off the sites, but I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of having so much personal information available to the public. I don't want to "lock down" my page and set it to private, but I really don't like the idea of random Googlers coming across my information.

Is anybody else uncomfortable with this level of "transparency" ? Maybe if enough people ask for it, they might remove the indexing. Or do you all think I should just set the page to private (I hate to do that, because some of my best Spark "Friends" are people who just wandered in to my life after commenting on a blog or team post.)

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