Manti Te’o Hoax, ‘Catfishing’ and Social Media: Ask a Patch Pro

Do you have questions about social media? Ask our Patch Pros by leaving a comment below.

How well do you know your friends?

In light of the bizarre hoax involving star Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o and a renewed focus on online friendships, the topic for this week’s Patch Pro is social media.

This week’s Patch Pros are:

Lisa Genosky

Genosky is the owner and co-founder of Queen Bee Media. Queen Bee Media is a Twin Cities social media marketing agency.

Cherie DeBrule

DeBrule is the co-founder of the St. Paul Marketing Team. She designed the books Rise Above the Race and The Google Places Bible.

Ask your questions in the comments section below.

Kris Janisch January 22, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I'll jump in here. So, I'm friends with people on Facebook who I've never met before. They're usually people who have some friends in common. Should I not be friending these people?
Cherie DeBrule January 22, 2013 at 04:45 PM
You can make lists in Facebook and then add them to your lists. Make a list for people you don't know and title it not sure. Then see how it goes and if there is a red flag you can always delete them. As you get to know them move them to another list. I have a great article on Facebook lists for those of you who want to know how to do it. http://www.stpaulmarketingteam.com/blog/post/3470110 Before you add someone send a message. Adding more people especially if you have a business expands your network even to people you will never meet.
Lisa Genosky January 22, 2013 at 07:29 PM
The answer is yes, 'Friending' on Facebook is okay when you have friends in common. It can grow your personal network and can create wonderful friendships.
Susan January 22, 2013 at 07:38 PM
How can one be sure that FaceBook is safe? I have some very smart friends who have had their email hacked. All have been on FaceBook and when one looks carefully, their passwords could have been figured out from the information found on their FaceBook pages. When I have pointed this out, they refuse to believe it as only their "friends" and relatives can see their information on their pages. Not everyone I know on FaceBook has been hacked, but about 75% of them have. Between that and what is seemingly FaceBook's ever-changing privacy policy, I have resisted the urge to join. I have a small business and feel I should be on the site but I just don't trust it. Any advice? Thanks.
Susan January 22, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Do all the comments on this thread need to be approved or is this another glitch? I do hope that the updates/changes next month take care of this problem as about one in ten show up as "pending approval" now.
Kris Janisch January 22, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Some sort of glitch. I don't know why it was doing that Susan.
Susan January 22, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Thanks, I thought maybe after that last exchange on a Woodbury thread you had bumped me off. :-)
Kris Janisch January 22, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Ha! No Susan. And I would let Shawn do my dirty work in that case.
Susan January 22, 2013 at 08:07 PM
He would never!! I think I double his numbers. Haha.
Kris Janisch January 22, 2013 at 08:08 PM
You and Dr. Marsh.
Cherie DeBrule January 22, 2013 at 09:25 PM
@Susan It is important to change your password often to avoid being hacked. If you just put information you don't care is shared like funny cartoon or tips on your business, blog posts, etc. then there is no worry. People should not announce when they are going on vacation so people don't go over and rob them.
Mike Schoemer (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I have one. Is Twitter any 'safer' than Facebook, or is it leaving yourself more open when it comes to controls. It seems teens are sharing less on Facebook and more on Twitter, for various reasons, including Instagram and other popular apps.
Cherie DeBrule January 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM
@Mike Facebook is the best because only friends can see your profile and you can also chose to change your privacy settings so that you don't come up under search. Also there is an option so that ads can't use your pictures. When you post something on Facebook you have an option of who sees your post. This works great for example if you are talking bad about your boss to your friends and you don’t want the boss to see this lol. Facebook posts are more personal than Twitter. If you are looking to connect with friends you KNOW, use Facebook. Twitter is meant to keep up to date, in essence, with people you DON'T KNOW. Hope this helped!
Kevira Voegele (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Some of my friends and family members have met people online before meeting them in person. Are there any red flags on profiles that should cause people to be concerned? Are there test questions you can pose online to help you be certain the people you are talking to are who they say they are?
Cherie DeBrule January 23, 2013 at 05:01 PM
@Kevira Always see them on the webcam before you meet. People can always lie or steal people's pictures so see them on the cam.


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