Online reputation management firm helps clients keep search results clean
Reputation Advocate, an online reputation management firm, is currently helping clients understand the new changes to Facebook’s privacy controls. As the Nashville-based company has found, social media posts can be especially damaging to a company or individual’s reputation, with many people responsible for posting the damaging material.
In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the exposure social media sites create. Potential employers will often look at a prospective hire’s social sites and make a decision based on the material found on such sites as Facebook. One of the biggest problems is that some people believe content on a Facebook page is private when it may actually not be.
The social site is also updating app settings. As Reputation Advocate explains, when users currently try to download an app, they are greeted with an exhaustive list of things the app will access once downloaded. Those can include friends’ contact information and posting to a timeline. Instead of going through this list at setup, Facebook will provide basic privacy warnings at first, then pop up further privacy warnings for approval later as the app is in use. However, according to Reputation Advocate, privacy settings for apps will vary from app to app, depending on the requirements of individual developers.
A more comprehensive change for Facebook users will be a simplified privacy settings option. Many users have reported in the past that Facebook’s settings are complicated and difficult to navigate. This change will make it easier for even novice users to understand and make adjustments.
Facebook users will also be able to manage timelines more easily now, with an easy-to-use tool that lets a user see information they may have been removed from their own timeline but that may still be available on other Facebook users’ pages. This can help users be more proactive in facilitating their online reputation management, points out Reputation Advocate.
The changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks, says Reputation Advocate, and users won’t have to worry about watching for them to appear. Facebook plans to post messages to user pages to inform them about the new options.
With these updates, social media users will once again be able to post items online without worrying their online reputations will be affected. Reputation Advocate has seen the impact social media posts can have even while a user remains unaware, and the company believes these new privacy settings are just what users need to take control of their own online reputations.
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