Anyone with at least one social networking profile could learn a little something from Friendster. The networking site, while not as popular or well known as Facebook or other social networks, is asking all users to export any profile data, photos, messages, comments, blogs and other user content from the site by May 31st if they want to keep that information documented. Friendster is dong a major cleanup of most user info, and is therefore encouraging users to use the “Friendster Exporter” app to download and export their data onto sites like Flickr or Multiply.
As reported by TechCrunch, Friendster will still keep all accounts alive and will save a minimal amount of profile data, friend lists, and other information. Although Friendster has become more of a social gaming site than a general social network like Facebook or MySpace, there is still a takeaway here that kids, teens, and parents should all acknowledge. Cleaning up profiles and any other online accounts every so often can help to reduce the risks of oversharing, online reputation damage, and other online privacy risks and dangers. While inappropriate posts, comments, or photos can sometimes cause immediate damage, there’s no harm in going back and deleting old content and conversations every so often. By cleaning up online profiles and accounts once in a while, we can maintain a more positive – and smaller – digital footprint.
Do you ever worry that there you or your kids have too much personal information online?