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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.

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 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 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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