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Who's watching what you post?

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Geotagging is not a new tool but the fact is a lot of people are still caught off guard by it. One of them was an avid Tweeter, sending photos from downtown St. Petersburg.

"I had no idea. That's why I was totally taken aback that you could find where I am," said Travis Sickle, who uses the social networking site often to help get word out about his financial planning business. "I know you can tag certain things. I didn't know it was random or it was tagged to everything that I Tweeted."

Travis' location services were turned on, which not only meant he was getting word out about his business, but also sending out location information in Tweets about chicken and waffles at dinner. He said he'd turn it off for personal tweets.

"I think you just want to know that you have control over it really," he said. "To know where everybody is, I know the World's connected today - but sometimes maybe you don't want to be connected."

Kelli Burns is an Associate Professor in the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. Geotagging and social networks are often a big topic of her discussion in her class.

"Social networking sites provide a great way for people to connect with one another...to share their lives...to have conversations," she said. "People like to digest content and that's what social media's all about."

But she said consumers should be informed.

"A lot of people don't realize how much information they are putting out there about themselves," Burns said. "Everybody should be concerned about this."

FOR DROIDS
 
If you have an Android phone, disabling geotagging in your photos is pretty simple.

-Start your camera
-slide open the menu
-select Settings
-see if Geo-Tag Photos option is set to OFF. If not, set it to OFF.

*In older versions, the option may be called "Store Location," but the process is much the same.



*It would be a good idea to go into each up as well, including Facebook and Twitter to see if your location services are turned on for those programs.

FOR iPHONES
 
-click on settings
-go to privacy
-location services
-select on or off app-by-app


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