FB/TWITTER sharing? ARE THEY NUTS!?!?!?!?

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Hello everyone!

Saw THETURTLEBEAR's status about HEALTHYBARB1 posting how to turn off FB sharing and I said to myself, "WTF?!?" Cuz really, who among us want our Spark blogs all over FB? Or Twitter? (I see there's also sharing it on Twitter.)
My FB and Twitter family and friends and business associates and stalkers and strangers who follow me or people I've friended and now don't know how to gracefully 'unfriend' all don't need to be privy to the nitty gritty blog postings of my weight loss journey. For me, that's not going to work. That's for my Spark Friends only and not for the general public. So, those of you who agree and are equally appalled, let's tell Spark Guy he took a wee bit of a liberty with that little assumption and then let's go and turn it off on our Spark Page.

Here's how for those who like the step by step (me!):
1. Go to your Spark Page.
2. Click Edit My Page.
3. Up to there are Spark Page Options where you choose your colors, etc and at the far right there's a list of "More Options".
4. Uncheck the last box on that list that says, "Show share bar on my blog posts." (here's pic of it unchecked)

5. Scroll down to the bottom of your page and Save it!
6. Go on enjoying the Spark community without fear of your ex boyfriend from high school reading about your shrinking boobs. ;-)
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  • no profile photo CD11399041
    thank you..much appreciated!
    3180 days ago
    I'm glad you let me know, I made the changes.... Thank you...
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7777418
    Thank you! I had no idea my info was being shared...and I certainly don't like the idea of it being shared. Fixed now, thank you very very much for the directions on how to do this.
    3180 days ago
    Thank You!
    3180 days ago
    thank you

    3180 days ago
    Hi Teresa.......
    Thanks so much for the "Heads up." I totally agree with you and will change my page tonight.
    I also LOVED your comment about the "Shrinking Boobs" and the ex-boyfriend. We share the same sense of humor.
    3180 days ago
    Thanks for the tip! emoticon
    I know this is a free site, but, not everyone needs to know everything.
    3180 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2012 9:50:30 PM
  • BECKS79
    Thanks .. I didnt even have that as an option! But thanks for bringing it to my attention!!!
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10565852
    thank you so so so much!
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4550505
    I agree, this was a bad move on Sparkpeople's part!!!!
    3180 days ago
  • DONNAJZ4241
    I totally agree. Spark friends are a very special type of friend who understands and accepts us as we are. I would not want my family, friends, coworkers reading blogs, comments and my status on Spark. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. emoticon
    3180 days ago
  • CHRISSY1012
    Thank you for sharing this - I DO NOT want my other social network sites hooked up to my SP account. That is a huge privacy concern and I am surprised SP is allowing this.
    3180 days ago
    Right there with you! What I share on SP is for my SP friends only, if I wanted to share it on FB, I would have posted it there.
    3180 days ago
    Thank you SOOO VERY much for this! I really didn't want my facebook friends to read about what I am doing here! That is something they REALLY don't need to know!

    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4382497
    Thank you so much for posting this. Very well explained and in great detail. emoticon
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10307427
    Our blogs can be seen by RSS feed, My Yahoo, Google +, etc. See to the right of this blog. Do NOT put anything on the Web that you feel is private or sensitive. If it is out there for a moment, anyone can save it and have access to it.

    3180 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    Thanks so much for this information....(I'm a buddy of Caz's. ) Gonna go change a few things on my page right now!
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    Thank you! I think this is wrong to do this without asking! But, it is all about the dollar for advertising for SP! I can understand that, but I am with you about going public with FB and Twitter!!! No way! I am not even on either of those! Even if I was - still would want to keep my blogs it at SP only! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3180 days ago
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  • no profile photo CD7767704
    Thanks for posting this. This would have escaped my attention had it not been for you and a few other sparkers bringing it up. I most defintely do not want my ex-boyfriend from high school reading about my dimpled booty. emoticon
    3180 days ago
  • DIANNE3560
    Thank you. We really don't know how much trouble we can get into by clicking a little button. Two years ago on this site I entered a contest. In order to enter you had to answer a questionnaire. It ended up costing me $100 US and I got hundreds of e-mails for many months after. emoticon snooze and you lose.
    3180 days ago
  • DEE107
    thanks for sharing this
    3180 days ago
  • 8KAREN
    Thank you soooomuch. I have just come back to Spark after a lengthy hiatus. I would have been mortified if I did a blog and my family friends and as you suggest some people who I didn't know how to graciously ignore their friend requests saw my blog.
    3180 days ago
  • KARMA70
    Thank you! I just read another blog about this and everyone is all aflutter! I agree! I absolutely don't want them linked, mainly due to your item #6 :)
    3180 days ago
    Thanks so much for this information!
    3180 days ago
    People forget the Spguy, besides doing wonderful things at this site, is making mega-bucks. And this is yet another way he is doing so. (besides allowing advertisements for pharmaceuticals that are not healthy at all, etc.)
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5707126
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  • no profile photo CD10088209
    Thanks for sharing. I have also unchecked it. I do not want my life on Facebook. Facebook is not forthcoming with its privacy issues and SP seems to be going on that track. If I want to share something, I will. It should be my right!
    Not an afterthought.
    3180 days ago
    Thank you ! I agree..don't want my blogs on facebook !!
    3180 days ago
    Thank you!
    3180 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5575543
    I don't think SparkPeople really thought this Share business all the way through. I'm sure that some people want to share but I don't think a majority do. Or it may just be an age thing. At least we have an opportunity to 'share' or 'not share' our innermost thoughts. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3180 days ago
  • YICHE12
    Thank you. I will be going there right after and uncheck that box. emoticon
    3180 days ago
    Thank you
    3181 days ago
    However,it doesn't seem to be enough.....if you go onto "share this post with others" I good still share it with FB emoticon
    3181 days ago
    Gosh....the thought of people on FB reading what I've written on here makes me shudder. I can't think of anything more awful or embaressing.Thankyou so much for posting this emoticon emoticon
    3181 days ago
    I agree. I've opted out!

    3181 days ago
    Well said! Thanks for the info. I'm goimg to my SparkPage now!
    3181 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10263998
    Thanks for sharing!

    3181 days ago
    I had no clue that it even was being shared on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks!
    3181 days ago
  • MIMMA_
    The other option is to just not link the Facebook / Twitter accounts to the Spark account.
    3181 days ago
    Thank you so much! I'm going to fix that on my page right now!

    We should also figure out a way to make our displeasure known to sp. I think instead iof being automatic, sp should give each member the option to rhythm this off at the main page and then not to have to be hyper aware with each post - that should be it! And sp, fb, twitter - all social networks, should tell us when they change something that effects poor privacy.

    Its the tech question place the best place to lodge a complaint? I love sp, but this site should respect how private weight loss is!!!!
    3181 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7023171
    If you don't check the top option on that page, 'only allow my Spark Friends to see my page', all your Spark Blogs are accessible to WWW too.
    Just try Googling your user name in Google and you'll see what I mean. emoticon
    3181 days ago
    You can also just "untick" the box when you blog and it won't be shared on FB.
    3181 days ago
    Thanks for the info. I do get weary of playing these privacy games with social media but at the same time am not quite ready to opt out.
    3181 days ago
    I still share a few things on facebook. Not all the statuses but a few. I have mostly friends on mine and like to share healthy things with them too.
    3181 days ago
    For those asking about thus: there are two options for sharing:
    (1) the share this button which appears below the blog posting.
    (2) the NEW share bar that is described in this blog.

    For (1) you have an opt out link that appears when you click on the share bottom. Thus has been on SP for a long time unfortunately.

    For (2) thus blog explains how to turn this off. This is new.

    The ability to use fast social media to share is one of options to give us reason to pause. It's a coin with two very different sides.
    I for one left Facebook a few years ago because of the privacy issues. If you read some of the articles coming out of the Netherlands about the kind of information that is being stored about Facebook activity, it is alarming.

    I wish SP had been less like Facebook and more direct with us. One way would have been to Make sharing an OPT IN feature.
    3181 days ago
    Your blog still has the link "share this post with others".
    3181 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Thanks for the info...I'm going right now~
    3181 days ago
    My biggest gripe is - golly, we have to toggle it OFF???? That's not the SP I know and love :-( Shame shame shame.
    3181 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    OK, so when we look at your blog, there are three buttons to click on at the bottom. There is an 'I like this blog' button, a 'Leave a comment' button, and a 'Share this post with others' button that automatically opens up a list of places to share the post, which appears to include links to facebook, and a load of other options. Is it the share the post button you are switching off? Becasue if so, I have news for you. It is still there. I just accidentally hovered over it and the links opened up.
    In fact, I just went and unticked my option too, but my share button is still there as well.
    Lex xxx
    3181 days ago
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