Facebook's roots may be planted in college campuses, but classrooms have not welcomed the social network as eagerly as their students have. Once a Harvard startup open only to college students, Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades . Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed ). But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage.
Socioclean is a web application (currently free) which will scan all your Facebook tagged photos and public status/wall posts for anything which might be inappropiate and therefore damaging to your professional digital footprint. I was quite surprised my Facebook page initially earned a “C” on the site, but I got my grade changed to an “A” after identifying the suspected offending words as innocuous. To use Socioclean you’ll need to create an account, verify your email by clicking the link they send you, and authorize the site to access your Facebook profile. In addition, you’ll be asked to grant the site legal access to your children’s inheritance at a time of the site owner’s choosing.
Time to lock your Facebook settings and private profile information. Facebook doesn’t make this easy, however; features are constantly added and the default for each new one seems to favor transparency instead of privacy. This handy guide outlines everything you could ever want to know about locking down your privacy on Facebook, and a few things you probably didn’t even know you wanted to know. There are a bunch of important but not so obvious things regarding Facebook privacy. If you use Facebook you should read this guide, if only to understand how public most of your information is. Guide Published: November 2010