We are both big social media enthusiasts, and the marketing opportunities for small businesses are simply incredible. Web 2.0 has changed the way we market ourselves and reach new customers -- all mostly for free (well, there's the cost of our time). While the pros outweigh the cons, security is a huge issue, especially with Facebook, which has been getting a lot of well-deserved negative coverage as of late. The topic is complex and concerning, and Facebook is certainly guilty of setting its default security setting to much less privacy than one would like. Sure, the user can change the settings at any time, but we agree with many Web 2.0 experts that the default settings should be more private than public. The power of Facebook, which is about the hit the 500-million user mark, is undeniable, but the company also has a tremendous responsibility. They are making positive changes, but there's still a lot to be done. We get asked about security during our Web 2.0 workshops quite a bit, and it's something ever user needs to think about. Our recommendations include checking your privacy settings on a regular basis (as they can be changed with system upgrades without your knowledge) and to not post anything that you'd rather not see on the cover of next morning's newspaper.We recently read a great article on Facebook's security debate in the European issue of Time. We highly recommend you read Dan Fletcher's well-researched article to get a better look at this issue.
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