One very frustrating developer tricks is to “integrate” their applications with social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, and let the app “share” information about your use. Many game developers are particularly dubious.

Auto-posts are particularly annoying to friends and colleagues. These folks may see us as a little less professional because we clog up their social media feeds. Here’s an example of some auto-posts clogging up my feed, which came from Attorney at Work’s, Joan Feldman.

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But it’s not always the developer’s fault or dubious intentions. Sometimes, probably most times, our auto-posts happen because we forget to read all the pages and uncheck all the “bad” marks.

Now, over-sharing about games probably isn’t too significant. But many people also share information about their travels, particularly exercise routines.

I gave a presentation here in Oklahoma City on privacy and touched on this issue. I used an example of too much information from one of my attorney friends here in OKC.

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My friend didn’t realize that she broadcast her location every single time she went for a run using a running app. I pointed out that a nefarious individual could use that information to her disadvantage.

Don’t share the information. Turn off social media sharing now. If you can’t shut it off from the app, then it’s time to uninstall the app. (If you help in Android, check out this post.)

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Joan Feldman · August 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Practically impossible to turn off the social share once it gets going — uninstall was the only answer (to my 11-year-old’s chagrin). Best advice: Pay attention to what your kids are downloading on your iPad. Sorry for the annoyance, Jeff.

    Jeff Taylor · August 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Agreed! You’re not the only one, and I’m guilty as charged, also.

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