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GenealogyWise, et nettsted for slektsforskere, kom herom dagen med noen tips om hvordan bør forholde seg med opplysninger og bidrag når man er ute på sosiale nettsteder eller bidrar på oppslagstavler eller på annen måte.

Nedenfor følger hele det opprinnelige på engelsk. Her kommer først en norsk kortversjon:

  1. Ikke fortell for mye om deg selv
  2. Avklar hva du trives med og bruk innstillingene slik at bare de du vil skal lese dine bidrag, får det
  3. Lag en regel for hvem du vil være venn med
  4. Tenk over hva du skriver som kommentarer
  5. Bruk PersonligMelding funksjonen for å sende meldinger som er og skal være personlige
  6. Du kan velge hva som helst som profilbilde
  7. Ikke legg ut informasjon om andre som de ikke har sagt seg enig i
  8. Husk at dette er din offentlige profil

  1. Don't reveal too much about yourself. Just because a social network site asks for information about where you live, what high school you went to, etc...doesn't mean you have to provide that information. It may not seem like a big deal to you at first but revealing too much could backfire.
  2. Decide what you are comfortable with and then add privacy settings to control who can see your information. The privacy settings for GenealogyWise are available under the "Settings" link of your member page. You can choose to either show or not show your birthdate and gender. By clicking on "Privacy" from your "Settings" page you can also determine who sees information from your member page and your postings.
  3. Make a rule about who you will "friend." As genealogists, we often have people "friend" us because of our common passion, genealogy. In the case of those who present to genealogy societies, we may have people who have heard us speak, ask to be our Facebook or GenealogyWise friend. I tell those in my audience to go ahead and friend me but it is also a good idea to send a message with that friend request stating how I know you. That way I know that I "know" you and you are not just a random person wanting to add one more "friend." Let's face it, in some cases it may not seem like a big deal to friend someone but you are potentially giving them access to a lot of your personal information, thoughts and the thoughts and photos of family and friends.
  4. Be careful about what you write. Be careful what you write on your friend's wall or as comments to their postings. Remember, they will not be the only people who see it. Their friends will also see it.
  5. Use the Private Message function to send private messages to other members. There are many ways to communicate with other members on GenealogyWise. You can post a comment to their wall, meet them for a private chat in the chat room or send a private message via the private message link on their member page. This option is the best for sending information that you don't want made public. One time on Facebook, I saw a posting on a mutual friend's wall where the person included her address and phone number. This may not be information you want your friend's 500 "friends" to see. Also, sometimes members give personal information out in the GenealogyWise chat room. It is important to note that you never know who may be in the chat room. If you are providing your phone number, email, or street address do it through the private chat function. You can start a private chat with someone who is in the chat room by clicking on their picture on the right hand side of the chat room and then selecting private chat.
  6. You can choose any image as your profile picture, so if you are uncomfortable with your current picture being on the Internet, then choose a graphic or something more obscure.
  7. Do not post information about other members on GenealogyWise or outside of GenealogyWise without their permission. If you help someone with their genealogy and want to write about it on your blog, ask permission first.
  8. I think, most of all, remember that this is your public face. This is a way people can find you. If they Google your name, your GenealogyWise member page will be part of the results for your name.