It is wonderful to use social media to share your thoughts, but remember you have a job you may want to keep. In today’s modern society, people are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other similar social networks. It is a good thing! I am a big believer in social networks. I met my two business partners Arelis Cintron and Brandi Riley on the social network Facebook. I liked them based upon what they wrote on social media. Their blogs, My Pocketful of Thoughts and Mama Knows It All made good impressions on me. When I read what they shared on Twitter or the photos they shared on Instagram and Pinterest I liked what they shared. Their Facebook updates were good and I enjoyed reading them. Their social media presence was good, they had good images and created a good online reputation for themselves.
When using social media, keep in mind, what you say to Facebook you say to the world. Almost every day there are stories in the news about people who lose their jobs or get into trouble at work due to things they post social media. Here are a few examples of things people have placed on social media that they should not have: • Photos of private parts • Racist, sexist or anti-gay statements and opinions • Complaints about co-workers and employers • Threats against the President of the United States People shared these things on Facebook or Twitter thinking they would only be seen by their friends and that there would be no consequences for the things they wrote. However, to the contrary, there were consequences, fallout and many kinds of negative repercussions.
It is important to have internet good sense instead of internet bravery. Many people go to work each day to jobs they do not like, with supervisors for whom they have little or no respect. When these people are at work, they behave in a respectful manner. They talk to their co-workers and supervisors in decent tones and with soft words. However when on lunch breaks or at home, these people talk become mean, nasty, abrasive, rude and even combative when discussing their jobs, co-workers and supervisors on Facebook and Twitter. These people seem to be unaware of the fact that their employers and co-workers also have access to Facebook and Twitter. These people are similar to the people who drink too much and say things they have no business saying.
Your employer may fire you for things you say on Facebook and Twitter. Most people work at jobs where they do not have employment contracts. Many people work in states with “at-will” employment rules. This means the people in those states can be fired for good reason, bad reason, or for no reason at all. Look at the situation realistically, how long would you keep an employee around that bad mouthed you on your payroll. I know for me, no matter how good the employee was, she would have to go if she could not control her social media mouth.
Your words have power no matter if in the real world or online so choose them carefully. What is placed on the internet via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and the like, has a long shelf life. If you have bad feelings about your job today, you may feel better tomorrow and forgive everyone. But, if you put all your bad feelings on Facebook, all the world has seen it, has access to it and knows you cannot control your mouth. Even if you delete the bad things you wrote, people saw it, they may have saved it, a record of it exists forever. You must choose your words wisely and watch what you as say about your work on social media.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to use social media to share your thoughts, but remember you have a job you may want to keep. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, when using social media, what is the image you want the world to see?