Two Faces of Facebook

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Two Faces of Facebook

  1. 1. Marianne Hebert and Jenica Rogers-Urbanek SUNY Potsdam College Libraries <ul><li>What role can Faculty play in Facebook? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage students to maintain sensible profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage student to behave as if the whole world can see them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with students and student activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jog your memory – match student faces to names </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check in on students who seem troubled in class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out your professor ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in contact with former students and alumni </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with colleagues at other institutions </li></ul></ul>TWO FACES OF FACEBOOK Many students don’t understand how Facebook works – they think it’s just students. In reality, unless you change the default privacy settings, anyone in your network can see your profile, not just friends, or your campus. <ul><ul><li>So, if anyone can get into Facebook, is it wise for students to post: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Internet NEVER Forgets. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if a user deletes his or her account, content s/he regrets posting in a college-age profile can end up on some other site at some other time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also, our students don’t have as much control over their profiles as they think they do. </li></ul></ul>Facebook owns what users post… “ By posting information to your user profile, you automatically grant Facebook, the rights to use, publicly display, reformat etc. your content ” … and they can reuse it without explicit permission. Read the “Terms of Use” <ul><ul><li>Is this the type of student image we want parents, professors, alumni, the Potsdam community, and prospective employers to see? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even Worse , some SUNY Potsdam students are posting photos of themselves drinking beer or smoking bongs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t seem to realize that: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents can use Facebook to check out their student’s life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorities looking for a character reference can check Facebook photos to see what kind of ‘interests’ students have. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A professor writing a letter of recommendation for graduate school or a great new job can check Facebook, too. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prospective employers routinely search Facebook for information on newly-graduated job applicants. </li></ul></ul>So… what ARE students posting? Are SUNY Potsdam student profile images positive and wholesome? <ul><li>They know what’s going on with friends on and off campus </li></ul><ul><li>Meet new people with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected to campus social and intellectual life </li></ul>Life isn’t a contest! Some students have become obsessed with how many friends they have in Facebook. We all might be better off if we were actively encouraging students to find a healthy balance between online and offline life. Facebook is a fantastic way for students to stay connected. <ul><ul><li>What makes Facebook fun? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networks , groups , friends , photo albums , notes , gifts , bulletins , wall posts , personal profiles and contact information… …all searchable , edit-able , and customized by the user. It’s the best of the social web, used by countless students to manage their social and academic lives. </li></ul></ul>College is often a time to re-invent yourself , and Facebook’s customizable profiles let students decide who they’re going to be today. Are they going to focus on sports ? Are they going to zero in on people and groups who share their politics or their hobbies ? Do they want to learn more about new friends who are in their student groups , Greek organizations, or honor societies ? Do they want to find faculty and staff who share their interests? Facebook can help students do all those things. BE A SAVVY USER Check your privacy settings on a regular basis. Facebook can and does change its policies at any time. <ul><li>Class and work schedule? </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures of acquaintances without their consent? </li></ul><ul><li>Things they might regret? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone number? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address or dorm room number? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gossip? Complaints? Profanity? </li></ul></ul>The Good The Bad Faculty: Be smart about using Facebook, and encourage students to do the same! Post Content Thoughtfully!

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