Don't Tweet Your Way Out of a Job – It's Easy
When it comes to social media, the old adage "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" unfortunately does not apply. Social networks, like Twitter, can be a permanent record of your innermost thoughts, personal opinions – and in some cases, rants and raves.
Some companies do not allow Twitter, or other social media usage at work – unless for business, while others have a more lax policy. Regardless of which category your company falls into, and whether you tweet at work or on your own personal time, you should always be mindful of what you post online. Since it can be accessed anytime, anywhere, by anyone, "what happens on Twitter, does not stay on Twitter."
From last repots, Twitter says it has 175 million accounts. While some Twitter users are hyper-active (think Ashton Kutcher here), others may use the network on rare occasions. And other still may use it for business – think your boss. Whatever category you fall into; use caution when you tweet.
The best guideline for any social media activity is simple – if you would not say it to someone's face, do not say it online. If may be tempting – and almost impulsive, 140 characters are easy to type after all, but before you post, stop and think. You can't take back what you say, and unlike in the offline world, you cannot be emotive if you regret something you say. Words, oftentimes, do not translate online.
Sometimes too much information is just that – too much. Again, your employer is online too and can readily access anything you tweet. This can be detrimental to your reputation, should tweets go the unsavory, unproductive, negative or inappropriate route.
Libelous comments can also be used against you, and in some cases result in prosecution. Personal information can be accessed by criminals – do not divulge details of your daily life.Twitter is a useful tool used by many to communicate. So if you do tweet, or use any social media networks, follow these simple guidelines. Exposing yourself to negativity can be prevented.
- Nothing is private. If you tweet it, it can be accessed and re-published. If you are not sure if you should say it, it means you probably should not. Don't tweet.
- You are your network. Put simply, the associations you make online represent who you are perceived to be offline, even during off-business hours. Having a tweet-fest where you are sharing too much with others can leave a negative mark.
- Limit how much time you spend tweeting. Spending too much time on Twitter can make you lax, and this can result in over-sharing.
- Stay positive. While we love to gripe with those closest to us, remember, everything you say online can be accessed off. Keep tweets, and all online posts, positive.
- Protect your privacy. Don't divulge too much personal information in your tweets. It can be used against you.