Could you cost your family member $80,000 with just one post on your Facebook account?
Would you choose to scold someone using Facebook?
Your child comes home from his fraternity having been suspended over a Facebook post; what do you do?
Balancing your work and personal life on social networking tools such as Facebook has become more complex than ever — and as we can see from the real stories above, the dangers go beyond the well-publicized examples of posting party pictures to your profile.
A more subtle faux pas can affect your online reputation and even future job path, as your friend list on Facebook includes both personal and professional contacts. Information you post can mess up your work relationships and personal ones in one quick swoop.
How do you avoid this trap? Remind yourself and teach future generations that what you put on Facebook stays on Facebook…forever.
The rule of thumb: Don’t put anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want your employer, employees, mom, child, spouse, neighbor, other important person in your life to see. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
It’s that simple.