Apr 11, 2011

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Social Media: Exposing your Private Parts Online

Social media is like exposing yourself in public. Whether its Linkedin, twitter or facebook, social media takes your professional and personal image and creates your public image. Here’s a few things you want to think about before you post online.

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From an image and style perspective, here are a few things you can do to manage your image online.

1) Think of your image as your brand. Decide how you want to be seen and make sure your posts are consistent with your desired online image and brand. There is no cookie cutter formula, so what is right for one person may not be right for all. Be clear in your own vision about what you want.

2)  Be Responsible. You are responsible for your online personal image and reputation. If you think something will hurt your image or haunt you, or if you’re just unsure – don’t do it. It’s really just that easy.

3)  Protect your privacy. Every social media site has privacy features, so that you only share certain personal information with certain people, learn how to use this feature before you start posting.

4)  Nothing is really private. Keep in mind that the privacy feature is not fail safe. Just because you sent something to a friend doesn’t mean it won’t be forwarded to your enemy.

5)  You’re subject to interpretation. Remember that social media posts are like email. It is devoid of feeling, keep in mind that things may not come across the way you intended.

6) Use the delete button. Use the delete key if you have a “drunk” tweet or post something online you know you will regret, it will help you, to at least, limit the number of people that see it. If its really, really damaging to your personal image, consider closing your account and moving on.

7) Be Proactive. Before your next important meeting or interview, go through your social media profiles and remove unflattering photos and comments that may compromise your online image.

8)  Don’t be afraid to post. Just remember that what’s morally and socially acceptable applies online and off.

9) Finally, remember the 2nd GOLDEN RULE, while your profile picture should be interesting, not everyone needs to see your private parts!

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