Monday Miyagi 012510

Today’s Monday Miyagi is c/o The New York Times and is a “Modern Miyagi” — a lesson for today’s digital world. In addition to the privacy setting suggestions in the article below, I would also encourage all of our students and parents to be mindful of what you choose to post on FB. From status updates, to links, to photos and more your digital posts are viewable by more people than you imagine. Viewable by “only friends,” “everyone,” or something inbetween, the impression you make online is permanent. As a martial artist, or parent of one, make sure the impression you make in person, or online, is a positive one.

Stay Focused,
Mr. Herrman

The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now

In December, Facebook made a series of bold and controversial changes regarding the nature of its users’ privacy on the social networking site. The company once known for protecting privacy to the point of exclusivity (it began its days as a network for college kids only – no one else even had access), now seemingly wants to compete with more open social networks like the microblogging media darling Twitter.

Those of you who edited your privacy settings prior to December’s change have nothing to worry about – that is, assuming you elected to keep your personalized settings when prompted by Facebook’s “transition tool.” The tool, a dialog box explaining the changes, appeared at the top of Facebook homepages this past month with its own selection of recommended settings. Unfortunately, most Facebook users likely opted for the recommended settings without really understanding what they were agreeing to. If you did so, you may now be surprised to find that you inadvertently gave Facebook the right to publicize your private information including status updates, photos, and shared links.

Want to change things back? Read on to find out how.