The Facebook Phenomenon. How much sharing is too much?

Real Estate Agent with Maverick Realty

The Facebook Phenomenon.  How much sharing is too much? 

Sure, sharing is a good thing, but just how much about yourself should be blasted all over Facebook or on the

Internet for that matter?  How safe am I in Owensboro, Kentucky?  How safe are you where you live? 

Is anyone really safe?

I have been reading how some have been stalked since posting on the Facebook and it makes you start

wondering about what is really safe.  Apparently there are a lot of unstable people out there that will stop short 

of nothing. 

Should we be putting a little more thought into those things that we make public knowledge?

I for one, have gone into Facebook and changed my settings so that they are more private and not as easily

accessible to those that don't need to know. Everyone should revisit their settings on Facebook.

But, is that really enough?  How much sharing is too much?  After all,

everyone wants to feel safe at home..................






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Comments (28)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I really don't like it when these sites ask for your birthday.  I think I have about dozen different birthdays out there now and I hope they don't ever ask me to confirm it because I sure don't know which one goes where!  We have to be very careful about putting too much info out there.

Nov 30, 2010 02:14 PM
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA
Hi Vickie, It is shocking how much you can figure out about a person by reading their Facebook posts and blog posts. I think everyone does need to be careful, especially our kids who are more naive and trusting than we are. ~Lisa
Dec 02, 2010 12:03 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I think the key is to having 1 page for family and close friends and set proper privacy limitations... and another for business, which only shares business information.

Dec 07, 2010 03:19 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

I agree Vicki, we have to watch our family, kids and whereabouts.  The same goes for Twitter, post where you have been after the fact and do not fall victum to potential crime and kooks!

Dec 17, 2010 06:51 AM
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky - Lexington, KY
Kentucky Homes for Sale

Hi Vicki,


I wonder how many people are aware Facebook indexes absolutely everything and what you have shared can be used against you in court.

I too have made my settings so that things are private.  Sometimes I think I should get off facebook.  I have even relatives that I think misuse it.  They are the ones that most concern me.


Dec 20, 2010 09:53 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Have you seen the one where people are posting their vacation plans ahead of time and coming home to find their house burglarized?

Dec 21, 2010 05:26 AM
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

When your private information is in jeopardy of falling in the wrong hands why put it out there?  Predators frequently look for private information to use so we have to be so very careful what information we put out in cyberspace.

Your series of question we all should ask ourselves before entering information onto these sites.





Dec 21, 2010 03:03 PM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

FB also gives you false security about contacting people you knew in the past.  I thought I'd look someone from my high school years up on Facebook and in addition to his FB page there were Google seach results showing he had just gotten arrested for assault and battery on an elderly person.  Just because someone seemed was okay when we were younger doesn't mean they are the same way now.  In the 30 years since we last saw them, they could have changed drastically.

Dec 26, 2010 10:57 AM
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Kathy - 

Facebook should be used with caution, thinking about what you are saying and who can see it.  I see a lot of over sharing!

Dec 28, 2010 12:26 PM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Vicki - even though I live in a very safe community, I wouldn't want to tempt anyone by broadcasting on facebook that I'll be out of town.

Dec 31, 2010 12:25 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Vicki --- facebook can certainly lead to Way TOOOOOO MUCH TMI!

Jan 02, 2011 10:01 AM
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

Vicki - Great advice.  I show a lot of people posting too much of themselves.  That is not a good idea at all. 

Jan 05, 2011 03:58 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Central One Federal Credit Union - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Having worked with diva programmers, and having my email hacked by a co-worker, I'm highly suspicious when it comes to technology.  Best to guard your information and be careful what you are releasing into the atmosphere.

Jan 13, 2011 11:05 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Discernment is important in every aspect oflife including facebook. It's sad to see such effort being used to prey on others verses help others IMHO

great post Vicki



Jan 17, 2011 05:07 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Vickie -- I really can't believe what some people post....where they are, where they're going.  The vacation notices are the topper!  There's definitely a false sense of security going on.

Jan 19, 2011 12:54 AM
Joe Feinhandler
First Priority Financial dba Best Equity - Coronado, CA
FHA, Jumbo, San Diego

Its a fine line for sure. There was a news story here in San Diego yesterday about how insurance providers are checking the internet to see what is on the social networks and using it to factor risk and premiums .  People need to remember that things posted on the web will stay for ever even if its not in the original place 

Jan 26, 2011 05:01 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Hi Vicki, just checking in to see how you are doing, no posts since November??? Hope you are doing well!

Jan 27, 2011 02:00 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I am one of those who is very open on Facebook, but at the same time, I don't share information with those who are not on my friends list.

Mar 08, 2011 11:17 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Only this morning I read a facebook horror story how spammers take advantage of personal information. Sharing is great, social networks do help/promote/create relationships, but they also destroyed many lives of those who are not careful...

Jun 05, 2014 04:09 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hi Vickie,

just wanted to check if you are back and posting again. 

I hope, all is good. 


Jun 05, 2016 04:30 PM