Why You Should Set Your Social Media Profiles to Public – by Steph Calvert

It’s been an incredibly busy week and this is why I’ve been MIA on the blog!  It’s Friday and I’m so happy to introduce you all to the fabulous Steph Calvert from Hearts and Laserbeams in today’s Friday Take Over.  Steph is the designer of my blog and she’s working on some new things for me that I can’t wait to show you!  She’s genuinely sweet and super talented.  Today she’s talking about online privacy with a cute pinnable image (I’d love for you to pin this post, would ya?).  Enjoy and I’ll see you Monday.  Promise.  

The Myth of Online Privacy, Or How to Keep Your Sanity on Facebook

I’ll be honest. Iím not really all that concerned about my online privacy.

Stay with me here – I’m not talking about the potential for being hacked. I’m super concerned about being safe online. I cracked down on my passwords hardcore last year, and wrote a long winded blog post about how to create a strong password, even.

What I’m talking about is who sees what I post on social media networks. I just don’t care.

Every week it seems, I see an online friend post something on Facebook about how things have changed on Facebook, and the settings are out of the blue letting everyone see everything. Even strangers! That creepy guy from the library last week! They can all see what’s being posted!

It’s just not worth the stress, guys.

keep-calm-and-set-it-all-to-publicI personally take the set it and forget it approach. Every possible setting that can be made totally 100% public, I do it.

Is it safe? What about your online privacy?

If you’re on social media, online privacy is a myth.

We have to globally accept that we have no control over the web sites we frequent on a daily basis. We don’t own these sites, we don’t have any say in how they’re run, and ultimately it’s just plain out of our hands. When we start posting online more thoughtfully, keeping in mind our settings could be changed at any moment for strangers to see what’s being posted, the stress over that event actually happening disappears.

Set it all to public, and you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

I don’t want my boss to happen upon pictures of what I did last Friday night!

Taking the set it and forget it approach in terms of your social media settings definitely comes with some guidelines.

  • Don’t post anything you don’t want your boss, your family, or your church to see.  Sure, this means filtering what you post a bit. It takes a little self control. But let’s be honest ñ having a little bit of a filter online can be a good thing.
  • Let everyone keep their dignity.  It kind of sort of really makes me cringe when people post pics of their kids in the tub on Facebook. I get it, itís a really cute moment. But it goes back up to that first point. If you have your privacy settings set up so that creepy guy from the library canít see what you post about your kids, what happens when the privacy settings get changed and he has access?
  • Watch the online ranting.  When you’ve got a select group of people that are the only ones that can see a post, it gets really tempting to vent to them about something annoying a mutual friend does. Stop doing that.What happens when privacy settings are changed out of the blue and that friend finds that post?Awwwwwwkwarrrrrd.

But how do I share the stuff I don’t want anyone else to see?

I like the old fashioned route – pics you don’t ever want strangers to see should never be posted online. Share em through text messages, or maybe print the good ones via Snapfish and mail em in an old fashioned letter.

Talk to your kids about online privacy and safety.

Make sure your kids understand that while they may have privacy setting in place so people outside their circle can’t see what they’re posting, that those settings can change at any time. Make sure you’re monitoring what your kids do online. Sure it seems a little fascist. But those are your kids, and it’s their online safety you need to keep on top of.

How do you handle your online privacy on social media?

Share what you do, what you don’t do – do you have any tips for online safety to share with us?


Photo by Natalie Moser Photography

Steph Calvert is the work at home mom, graphic and web designer, and illustrator behind Hearts and Laserbeams. Her work has been seen worldwide on apparel, in print, and online. She’s been writing the Hearts and Laserbeams blog for over 10 years, and is a contributor for Moonfrye.com. Steph lives in Savannah, Georgia with her hilarious partners in crime, husband Josh, son Phil, and mom in law Carole. She enjoys coloring with her son, karaoke, and a good glass of wine every now and then. (But preferably now, thanks).

Steph designed some adorable art for the Help Make it OK fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims.  I encourage you to check out to see how you can help!  Trying to figure out how to get more likes on Instagram?  Steph has an excellent tutorial: Likes on Instagram: How to Get More Fast & Easy.  Following the latest trends in pattern?  Definitely check out Chevron Pattern – Updating a Trend Board.  

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  1. Great post, Steph!

    I have everything set to public too and am just careful about what I post. I really don’t think that anything is private anymore unless you keep it to yourself.

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