Understand the importance of maintaining privacy when
using social media during your move
Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Move On Social Media
You’re moving and excited to let everyone know about it. Social media has become a large part of many people’s daily lives, and is an immediate way to share your news quickly. If you announce your move on social media, it will be seen without delay by a large number of your friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
Sharing the news of your upcoming move on social media could have its advantages. Offers of help with the move, recommendations and advice, connecting with old friends, new business opportunities. However, some caution should be taken before posting this important information on any of your social media sites.
If you do plan to announce your move on social media, make sure to be knowledgeable about privacy settings, especially if you will be including any addresses or move dates. It is highly advised however, not to include any of that information.
There is a certain amount of risk that can be associated with social media. Experts in security warn about the possible dangers of publicly announcing such important information and emphasize not to update your status and post online when you will not be home. This includes the dates and times that your belongings will be loaded and unloaded. Limiting the details to close friends and family is advised. Even if your privacy settings are turned on, you really don’t know who is able to see your profile and what you’re posting. Publicly announcing the details of your move, and the activities surrounding the move could attract the attention of potential burglars. If you will be leaving an empty house or apartment, or arriving to an empty house or apartment, you might think that you cannot be affected by burglars or vandalism. This is not the case however, as it can be seen as an opportunity for a break in. How to Protect a Vacant Home After Moving can give you some tips.
Relocating For Work
If you’re going to be relocating for work and in the market for a new job, or want to make new business connections, posting online might be a good idea. There are social media networks, such as LinkedIn, which are specifically designed for this purpose. But even on these professional social media networks, it is advised not to publicly share dates, addresses and details of the move.
Posting publicly about your move could also affect your current job, or future employment. You could be in breach of contract. If you would like to share your move on social media, make sure you familiarize yourself with the legalities of any work contracts.
Once the relocation is completed and all your belongings are unloaded and unpacked, the risk factor is not as high. If you want to update your current location on your social media pages, now is a good time to make the change. Just by doing this, all your friends and everyone in your contacts, who actively use social media, will see that you have moved.