Some areas of discussion have mixed success in social media- with one of those sticky subjects being personal finance.
While people will happily discuss their sex lives, their relationship problems and their work grievances, you see very little disclosure of specific numbers or financial situations in general. In fact, a company called Blippy created so users of various social networks could share their transactions went over like a lead balloon in the social media sphere, had an embarrassing leak and eventually shut down because no one wants to post their financial information on Facebook.
Which makes this discovery by the Consumerist quite puzzling- a reader wrote in to report that TransUnion, one of the three major credit bureaus- is enticing their website users to share their credit score on Facebook. Your credit score- you know, that three digit number that serves mainly to guilt you in commercials where it is hairy and shedding on the sofa? The reader explains:
Since I’m one of the fortunate individuals to have a Sony PSN account I decided to once again check up on my credit report. My credit report has been locked since well before the hack but I still get paranoid and don’t rely on e-mail alerts. I’ve had an account with TransUnion for several years and aside from the annoying offers when I log in, I’ve been very happy with the service.
I logged in today and realized that beneath the large numbers representing my latest credit score was a “Share on Facebook” button. I don’t know what it would actually share The placement implies it would share my credit score though it may just signal to friends that I use TransUnion. Regardless, I wasn’t going to test it and I can’t imagine why anyone would link a Facebook account to personal credit information or services.
It’s interesting because overall, the practice does have some baseline level of ick to it. If your credit score isn’t good, obviously you’ll feel weird sharing it. And if it’s great, you’ll kind of feel like you’re bragging if you do.
Would you share your credit score on Facebook? Would you share anything financial in such a forum?