Do You Share Too Much Personal Stuff On The Internet?

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Sharing Too MuchToday's thought to ask yourself....

Do You Share Too Much Personal Stuff On The Internet?

I think this goes beyond some photos of events in your life on Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram and Twitter. REVEALING a little too much in depth with THE PUBLIC about many things in your life that should remain private.

Your mental state, your physical condition, your political or religious or world views, your love life, your financial state, your photos of when you are AWAY from your home, your address, family info.

Giving all the information away TO THE PUBLIC is generation correlated with MORE information given away seemingly without thought the younger you are. Did you know, the 20-29 age group has the HIGHEST identity theft with those OVER age 65 the lowest risk for the crime?

I do think with blogging and social media we almost have let the genie out of the bottle and EVERYTHING is shared nowadays BY MANY "without thinking" ahead of time DON'T SEND THIS. I mean look at the horrible stories with sexting of nude photos by teenagers and suicides from guilt later on.

The rule is YOU BE YOU, and be comfortable with YOUR level of openness on the Internet. You can't control what others want to do.


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Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
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I don't pay too much attention to the white noise on fb.  The main reason for that is because when I did for a little while, most of the stuff was too negative for me.  Sort of like the news, don't talk about it unless it is bad news.  Give some nice comments (compliments) once in a while.

Mar 30, 2013 02:49 AM #4
Sham Pathania
Zolo Realty, Brokerage - Toronto, ON


Its true Gary. Sharing personal information like birth dates on the internet carries no meaning. It can simply  invite trouble.

We got to be more careful for our actions. Just ask yourself, the need to share it and I think everything will be taken  of.

Mar 30, 2013 02:55 AM #5
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Who needs TV anymore the funniest stuff is on FB, people will really tell others about someone not knowing or thinking that they have friended someone and it is running on that persons timeline as well.

Mar 30, 2013 03:01 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I know someone that shared that she was expecting But it was to be kept quiet.  (YEA, right!)


Well parents found out before the day was out or before the kids could tell them.

Mar 30, 2013 03:39 AM #7
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gary,


I agree that we need to be mindful of what we share with the public.  Real estate professionals also need to be careful of how much they are sharing about negotiations and current clients online. 

At the same time, you last sentence is a great way to sum up. I can't control what others want to do but I can control what I do. 

Have a wonderful Easter weekend. 

Mar 30, 2013 03:42 AM #8
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Guilty! I have poated a comment and quickly deleted it deciding its not something I really want to share. How and what I share is relevant to the site. Sharing my Savior, that I do because he tells us to share and he has the higher power :)

Happy ♥ Easter

He is Risen!

Mar 30, 2013 03:48 AM #9
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Hi Gary.  The general rule is, never email or post anything, you wouldn't want everyone to know.  Also, remember that anything you post is there forever.....even if you delete it, there is something known as "cache".

Mar 30, 2013 04:26 AM #10
Joe Kerouac
Madison, NJ
Real estate agent and writer

@Sondra - Such a huge point you made about negotiations and current clients.  

There are scenarios each day that I would love to get into in a blog, but that stuff is findable and no matter how great a point it could make online to many people, it could easily hurt a specific person.

Mar 30, 2013 04:43 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gary, It really scares me for some of young people who are letting it all hang out. I have a friend whose grandson was arrested and spent the night in jail. He posted on Facebook and somebody saw it and called my friend. What a way to find out. It is just plain Stupid. Suggested.

Mar 30, 2013 04:56 AM #12
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Information put on the internet is there forever. We don't really need to share everything, do we? 

Joe, I'd love to share some of the things going on during a transaction but that would be divulging information that I am bound to keep confidential and protected. 

Mar 30, 2013 04:58 AM #13
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Gary, I only post personal information on Faceless Book which does not exist.  Do I see much more than I care to on FB?  You bet!

Mar 30, 2013 05:29 AM #14
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

'without thinking' is the right word.

I'm surprised that many don't really understand possible consequences.

I share some personal staff: my kids successes and family big events. Yet, I never share details of my personal life: relationship. I'm open to tell the world who I am: my pain and joy, but it is rather general, no details.

Like your picture above: it is a bid deal!:) I'd share it and if i see others share something like that big~ I try to stop by and say: 'Congratulations!'


Mar 30, 2013 06:00 AM #15
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Gary: Real estate is still a business to me and blogging is not my personal diary. I keep both of these things in mind when writing to the public, most of whom I will never meet.

Mar 30, 2013 06:40 AM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

While I am very "personal" at times, I don't think I am stupid and I don't share things like... hey I am going out of town and my house will be empty and my mailbox full for days.  And I guess too I feel I am care "where" I share.  More in smaller private groups of people I know and trust.

Mar 30, 2013 06:47 AM #17
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Most days I am amazed at some of the things I see on Facebook.  You make some excellent points in your post and the comments are just as important and well thought out as your post Gary.  

Mar 30, 2013 07:05 AM #18
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-I don't share anymore than I want to and I am comfortable with what I do share. I don't believe in telling the WHOLE world my every move. I have been accused of not being OPEN or being secretive because of it but that person's opinion doesn't matter to me.  I am the captain of my ship so that means I am the one in control. We all have the right to our opinion.

Mar 30, 2013 07:42 AM #19
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Great graphic and yes.  I do.  :-)

Mar 30, 2013 08:38 AM #20
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Gary, I'm probably on the opposite end of the sharing spectrum.  Outside of a few private groups where I know it's safe to share, my travel schedules, political beliefs and most else don't get put out in public.  I'll keep the lid on it until I return back home because I don't want people knowing I'm not there.  Bill

Mar 30, 2013 09:01 AM #21
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Edward and Celia: The RETURN PROBLEM is like a boomerang. You start putting something innocent out there and later on it is not viewed so innocent.

Joe: Your wife and you are having good defined boundaries / policies and stick to them. It shows thinking ahead compared to a lot of people that don't think what they want to do up front at all.

Li: "Casual" social media is where all the trouble starts.

Roger: Steer clear of the negative like the news, that is wise advice for your mind.

Sham: Most of the time the need to share it is not there. Wow a full birthdate, should not share that.

Charles: It can be funny as long as the funny is not about YOU! And stuff moves around the timelines that is true.

Bill: Ha Ha. Keep it quiet on the Internet. Good luck with that.

Sondra: You make a super point that clients can identify themselves in what you write. Members Only does not necessarily protect us there either. Happy Easter.

Teral: I like your quick draw in deleting something you thought was inappropriate. Sharing our Savior GOOD IDEA. Happy Easter.

Linda: I like the reminder of 'cache' and if you can't tell Grandma about it, well maybe don't say it or show that photograph or video.

Joe: Excellent point. You don't want to hurt others or yourself with what you put out there.

Debbie: Finding about a jail term from social media. Wow. It does go too far many days.

Maria: The stickiness of FOREVER is a key consideration to remember to be cautious.

Kevin: I agree we ALL probably see more on FB than we would ever expect from people. Once on Active Rain a blogger opened all up about his past as a drug addict. Wow.

Inna: Sometimes like saying without thinking you do wonder where the common sense goes? Also just saying NO to everything to post.

Hella: Good thought separating business and personal and knowing where your thoughts are headed.

Tammy: I like your idea of targeted sharing, but beware of people forwarding stuff.

Roger: Some things I see on Facebook shock me too.

Sharon: I think you have grown to be very open with bounds, so you are good.

Susan: Yes you do, but it is WHO you are so it is all good :)

Liz and Bill: You sound pretty conservative with the OPENNESS like me. I would rather send emails to people even though I know they can be forwarded too. Religion and politics on social media starts firestorms I have seen even if you start polite and respectful.

Mar 30, 2013 09:10 AM #22
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nobody ever knows if I'm serious or not when I share stuff or maybe it's more like I just put it out there, and not share. Because sharing implies a two-way relationship, which doesn't always happen. Although my friend had a hissy fit when I casually mentioned on a website that she worked for the IRS. I couldn't figure out why, it's not like anybody can track down those who work at the IRS. I didn't give out her address or even her city. It's like saying you work for the post office. But then she enlightened me. She said everybody hates the IRS so nobody in their right mind would ever disclose that they work at the IRS much less on a public board. Lesson learned.

Mar 30, 2013 11:43 AM #23
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