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private profiles?
pinkladydi - 7/12/2008 7:51 AM
Category: Web Site Help
Replies: 9

why do people post a profile & only allow buddies to view it? same goes for not disclosing age, gender & maritial status.. what are you trying to hide?
GypsyDiver - 7/12/2008 7:54 AM

 I have been stalked by someone in the past When I had a myspace page. Thus the reason I no longer have a Myspace page. That was why I kept mine private at one point!
seawolfdiving - 7/12/2008 11:10 AM

I’m kind of "split" on this one. On one hand, having been stalked and harassed before on a social network, I understand why some folks prefer to keep their profiles "private". And this is always a risk on social networks.

On the other hand, isn’t the point of joining a social network so that you can meet new people and share ideas and common interests. So, if you block your profile from being viewed, then isn’t that kind of defeating the purpose of joining?

Kami - 7/12/2008 3:44 PM

I have been a member on many forums etc and in general have not had any real problems, however I wouldnt recommend posting address and phone number or other info like that...but age and marital status isnt bad...although I dont think they are neccesary. Having the profile totally set to private is, in my opinion, only effective if you are only going to let people view it that you already know..outside of the social network. If you meet someone one time and then add you really know them??

To each his own though..hopefully we dont have any cyber bullies or scuba psychos here!!!!
Kemperite - 7/12/2008 8:48 PM

My profile is set to not be searchable by those who are not logged in. Outside of that - if you log in you can view me. I’ve been stalked online before and it sucks but really if you log in we have a bit of recourse to stalking here. So I think keeping your profile private is stupid. Keeping your profile as searchable to only those who are logged in members is sensible because then you know that you are only going to be seen by actual members. That’s my thought.
Matt65 - 7/13/2008 6:51 AM
If someone has their profile set so that only their nuddies can view it, then how does one become a buddy with that person?
Greg - 7/13/2008 10:10 AM
FYI, you can still send someone a message or request them to be your buddy if you are logged in and their profile is private. Once they accept your buddy request, you’ll be able to see their profile.
ScouterJT - 7/13/2008 3:27 PM

My profile is set to not be searchable by those who are not logged in.

how do you do that? I seem to have only an "everyone" and a "no one who’s not a buddy" choice
Greg - 7/14/2008 10:14 AM

Currently there are only two settings: Public so everyone can see, OR private so only your buddies can see. I don’t have a setting anymore that only allows members that are logged in to see. Remember, anything that you do not want seen or copied, don’t upload to the internet. I can do all I can to help protect your profile and content...but there isn’t anything out there that guarantees your material won’t be seen or copied. Hackers can do just about anything now-a-days. That’s why I encrypt data in our even if someone hacks that...they will see encrypted text for your password instead the actual password. And I backup everything in case some hacker decides to break into our server to cause havok somehow. But a firewall and tight security measures are currently preventing anyone from doing that.