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Privacy and social networking

We are the Social Media Forum, and we want to talk about the effect social media and web 2.0 have on the world we live in. And we want you to join in. It's not much fun talking to yourself. At the moment, we're interested in how people deal with privacy issues when using Facebook. So we thought we'd create a poll (using social media, of course), and ask. We want to hear from as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible, so please pass this on to your friends. To find out more about the Social Media Forum and how you can get involved, please email peter@thesocialmediaforum.org, or vist www.thesocialmediaforum.org. Thanks for you input.

How old are you?

81% (31) 18 - 24
7% (3) 25 - 34
5% (2) 35 - 44
5% (2) over 45

38 voters have answered this question.

Do you use your real full name?

86% (33) Yes
13% (5) No

38 voters have answered this question.

Do you post your date of birth?

68% (26) Yes
31% (12) No

38 voters have answered this question.

Do you tend to send personal messages to friends using...

31% (12) Their wall
68% (26) A private message

38 voters have answered this question.

Is your profile viewable by non-friends?

15% (6) Yes, all of it
10% (4) Yes, some of it
5% (2) Yes, but only to those on the same networks as me
50% (19) No, but it appears in searches by non-friends
18% (7) No, and it's not searchable

38 voters have answered this question.

What is your policy on adding/accepting requests from people you do not know?

13% (5) I add people I don't know and accept add requests from people I don't know
15% (6) I don't add people I don't know, but accept add requests from people I don't know
71% (27) I don't add people I don't know, and don't accept add requests from people I don't know

38 voters have answered this question.

What is your policy on adding applications to your profile?

5% (2) I often do it
27% (10) I do so only occasionally, when I think the application is interesting
43% (16) I very rarely use applications
24% (9) I never use applications

37 voters have answered this question.

What other personal details do you have on your facebook profile? (leave blank if none of these)

29% (8) My telephone number
11% (3) My postal address
100% (27) My email address

27 voters have answered this question.

Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?

18% (7) Yes
81% (31) No

38 voters have answered this question.

Are you worried that having your personal information online will lead to indentity theft?

44% (17) Yes
55% (21) No

38 voters have answered this question.

Before reading this question, were you aware that the makers of any applications your friends use have access to your personal details?

34% (13) Yes
65% (25) No

38 voters have answered this question.

Before reading this question, were you aware that fraudsters can commit identity fraud against you using just your name, address and date of birth?

55% (21) Yes
44% (17) No

38 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2009-01-31 20:16:39 by peterbeckett
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