Managing Privacy in Social Networking Sites
Not all members of social networking sites will share the common purpose of meeting and reconnecting with old or new friends, and would have the same intention of opening their social network to all of the members of his contact list. In fact, no person will want to be connected with some person or to anyone for that matter. A social networking member will only accept another person as his/her friend or contact if there is already an existing connection to that person from his past work, in school or they are just interested to be friends with that person.
That is why privacy among users is a crucial factor in most social networking sites. One of the most critical features you have to enable for all of the users of your social networking site is the facility to customize their own user privacy settings. As previously said, it is one of the top features in building a social network website. There may be some members who do not care their profiles to be viewed by the public or anybody. On the other hand, a lot of people would still limit their profiles specific to their friends or sometimes up to their friends' friends. Others who are very keen on their privacy would just restrict their profiles within their closest friends. Whatever the chosen privacy setting is, it will still be the member who will approve a request coming from a friend or contact. If by any chance you do not approve, the person who had sent you the request to be your friend will no longer enable the connection to that person.
It is best to remember that giving out the authority to your members of keeping their profiles public or private gives them an utmost concern and make them enjoy a good service when you decide to create your own social network site. It is your responsibility to help in giving them all the protection you can as the developer of the site. Moreover, you also have to let your members to contact you in any case a privacy problem arises. There may be possible instances where a user is being reported by another user who appears to be rude, insulting or abusive and a person they wish to hide their profile from, then you have to offer a solution to resolve such concern. If the concerned member gets to block another user from his/her own profile, then he/she will get to maximize and have fun using your social network website without having to worry if the unwanted person is able to view all his/her photos and information.
You may find it a bit tedious as if you are a parent who is resolving a fight between your kids. If you act on this important matters quickly and do all the possible ways to resolve it, then your online members will continuously grow just like a family.
Therefore, make sure that you manage your user privacy very well and impose on respect within your social network site to ensure safety and security within your community where all your members stay and will be out of harm's way.
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