Internet vs Real Life: Business Edition

It’s 2014 and everyone including our grandparents has a social media account. If your family has an account you should already know your Employers are members of one or multiple social media accounts. The topic of this discussion is “Should you separate your internet life from your real life with your coworkers?”

When starting out at a new job we are open to new beginnings, changes, and friendships. How can you go to work everyday without building some kind of bond with your coworkers? Sometimes you even take your work friends out of the office to socialize. Years ago people would just exchange phone numbers and emails so they could continue to communicate outside of work. Today we ask for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Don’t forget we all have smartphones attached to our hips and we are constantly taking pictures and videos and uploading them to our accounts. We allow complete strangers know where, what, and who we are with at all times. We have turned into a walking GPSs. How do you decide what pictures and posts are okay for friends, family, and/or coworkers to see?

Social media sites gives us options to make profiles, posts, and pictures to become private to whom we want to view them. If you have to start monitoring who can see what then why post something inappropriate in the first place? Young people now – including myself, have the mindset of being young and it’s okay to do certain things people who came before us did the same thing. People before us didn’t have access to the internet like we do today. Image is very important because we wouldn’t want the wrong image to portray us for life. One post or picture could prevent us from getting a job, get us fired, or hurt someone’s feelings. Social media sites aren’t going away and more are being created.

Here are some tips on how to separate internet from real life:

  • Make your profiles private
  • Don’t use your real name or professional emails on social media sites. This will make it harder for certain people to find you.
  • Don’t connect your personal profile to your professional profile. You made separate profiles for a reason.
  • Ask the people you are taking pictures with if it’s okay to post their pictures on the internet. They care about their image too.
  • Don’t talk about social media sites at work if there is something inappropriate or private you wouldn’t want them to see.

If you have anymore tips or advice you would like to share please comment below.

 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

 

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2 comments

  1. You should absolutely keep it separate. Open a specific Facebook page for work and one for your personal page. Name yourself something interesting so employees/employees cannot look you up so easily. Even if your page is private, your profile picture isn’t. You in a bikini is not the picture you want your collegues to see. If you don’t want to go through the hassle, tell professional friends to join your Linked In page. This page is 100% professional networking and you don’t have to worry about pictures. Be smart about social media. Remember, less is more!

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