I am relatively new to Facebook. OK, I am hopeless at it.
But I am being lured by the huge increase in competitions that can be entered via Facebook.
Have you noticed how many competitions there are to enter on Facebook now? I don’t want to be left out of those prize pools!
So I have done a bit of research.
For many of the competitions, it seems you are asked to qualify for a competition by “liking” the page, voting, or posting comments or pictures. Some of the competitions I saw looked interactive and a lot of fun.
But because these competitions are more than just joining a mailing list, I am viewing them with caution.
Facebook is a social medium and your personal information posted (including your happy snaps), is shared with everyone else on the web. That means once you enter the competition, your image and name is listed on the Facebook page for others to see.
You also don’t have a say over what happens to any comments you posts or where it ends up. Also, as a registered Facebook user, you could be inviting strangers to visit your profile.
My research (and talking to friends!) is that you can stop intruders into your Facebook profile by using the privacy setting ‘friends only’, which means all information you post will be out of the public eye.
In most cases that should be enough, however some Facebook competitions come in the form of “apps”. Whenever you agree to use an app, you are agreeing to provide at least some of your personal information.