People don’t limit the content of their profiles to material approved for general audiences. And Socioclean has statistics suggesting that Facebook posters have bigger potty mouths than what Reppler found a couple of weeks ago.
Socioclean scanned 35,000 accounts and also sought feedback from over 4,000 people to suss out the material on people’s profiles.
It appears that the vendor cast its net more broadly than Reppler did, including content about drugs and alcohol in addition to profanity.
Here’s what Socioclean found:
- More than 60 percent of users have at least 10 pieces of what Socioclean calls inappropriate content, including profanity, drugs or alcohol.
- Most of the inappropriate content was found on walls followed by photo tags, and then on status messages.
- More than 76 percent of the inappropriate content found in a user’s profile was posted by friends.
- More than 70 percent of users think that they should use services like Socioclean at least four or more times a year to keep their profile clean and be aware of their social network content.
Of course, the latter point epitomizes Socioclean’s rationale for tallying inappropriate posts on Facebook. We’re honestly not so sure you need to spend money on a third-party service to keep a profile clean. Instead, be sure to click on all notifications about posts on your profile and make sure they’re to your liking.
Also, if you choose to include prurient or otherwise off-color content in your profile, make darn sure that your privacy settings limit visibility to those who can handle seeing that kind of material. In other words, hide even borderline naughtiness from coworkers, bosses, legal types, relatives and so on — consider only allowing friends outside of work to see your wall and status updates.
What do you think about Socioclean’s findings?