The strange world of social media

I’m fairly active on social media – a major prerequisite to being a Social Media Coordinator, I suppose. My entire life (or rather the past few years) is fully documented on Twitter. You will learn about my study methods, my happy moments, and my various rants.


I treat Instagram almost the same way, posting pictures of my day-to-day activity – which often includes what I’m wearing, what I’m doing, what I’m eating, who I’m with and where I am.

If you want to know what I ate for dinner last week, there is a 95 per cent chance that there’s a picture of it on my Instagram (Valencia filtered obviously), and I’ve probably mentioned the restaurant in a Tweet if I enjoyed the meal.

Both my Instagram and Twitter accounts are public and I pride myself on retweets or likes from total strangers who just like my clothes or what I have to say. Building a community of semi-strangers with similar interests on these sites makes it way more fun!

But then, there’s my Facebook account. I keep that one fully guarded, loaded with information that I choose not to share with others. Yes, it has my ramblings or two-cents worthy statuses. And yes, I do post pictures. Yet I choose not to share it with everyone. Those constant privacy updates that Facebook throws at us every few months? Yeah, I read those and use them to make sure no one can access anything I don’t want them to see.

Why is that?

I decided to dig a little deeper into why I feel like I want to keep my Facebook guard up, and if other people feel the same way. I spoke with other people and they agreed. They may be public on Instagram and Twitter but their Facebook accounts are locked-down with a big “No Creepers Allowed” sign.

Furthermore, I find myself attracting tons of followers on Twitter and Instagram who I know in real life, but only met in passing. They’re quick to follow me on these accounts to catch a glimpse of my not-so-exciting life, but I still don’t have them on Facebook because I don’t really know them that well.

What’s up with that? Why are we so lenient with privacy on some of our social media accounts and not others? Why do we allow certain people to see our tweets or photos, but not our statuses?

Let me know your thoughts via Twitter or in the comments below!

Hafsa is the PR Account Executive at 88 Creative. Follow her on Twitter at @Hafs__.