Think Before Posting
In its infancy, social media was a fun place to share photos, jokes, frustrations, thoughts, and milestones. However, over time, as it has filtered through all aspects of our personal and professional lives, it’s worth remembering that what you post online can have serious and lasting consequences.
In essence, you need to be careful about not only what you say, but how you say it. Because once you put someone on the internet, not only do you lose control of it, but it’s there forever.
Plus, if what you write is controversial, confrontational, rude, negative, derogatory, unfair, inappropriate, offensive, biased or just plain wrong, it can impact badly on you personally -finding work etc., as well as affecting your business reputation - securing clients, investors or suppliers etc.
Basic scary facts here:
- Nothing you post is private
- Your friends and contacts all have friends and contacts
- What you post has a long shelf-life
- Your posts are searchable by everyone.
- Your competitors can use what you say to their advantage
Now I’m not advocating that you stop using it, no, what I want is for you to think first and obey some basic social media rules.
- If you wouldn’t say it to a person's face, then don't put it online.
- If you don't know how something works or whether something is true, then find out beforehand.
- Don’t post when you are feeling very emotional.
- Never reply to, or share abusive or bullying messages.
- Never give out yours or someone else’s private details.
Now that I’ve said all of this you might be terrified of posting anything, but please don’t be intimidated. If you are posting content which is true, respectful, consistent with your values/ beliefs and is collaborative and interesting then you will be fine.
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