I do love to hang out on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t even ask how many hours per week I spend there. That’d be akin to asking me how much I weigh and I’d probably lie about both, anyway. Yesterday and today, I’ve been watching the buzz build about NewYear’s Eve. People are asking what plans people have and talking about the plans they are making. So, I thought it might be helpful to shoot out these little reminders about your online existence.
Don’t be confused about this because it’s really important. Your online self is no different than your real life self. Just because you may be sitting on the floor with snack trash blowing about and clicking away on your laptop or you may have scored a sweet restaurant reservation doesn’t mean you can drop your act.
You work hard to have an impeccable in-real-life game face, so don’t blow it because you are under the mistaken impression you can hide behind your keyboard. Question: How many of your Facebook friends are actually IRL friends? People that you actually put your peepers on with any regularity? A lot, probably.
So, if you are concerned about how you or your biz could be impacted by your online activities, don’t:
- enter a message with a sentiment you would not verbally express the next time you see that person
- use ugly language
- post compromising pictures of yourself or anyone else
- forget to check spelling (grammar can be a little lax since posts are often written like they are spoken)
- talk about bodily functions
- reveal personal information that could be used for fraudulent purposes
- reveal information about your biz that could be seen in a negative light (even seemingly benign comments like “My co-workers are driving me crazy” could be a nightmare for your marketing efforts)
- post anything about co-workers. Let them confess their own sins.
- think your boss won’t ever see it.
Whatever you enter should be a reflection of the person and biz you represent. Have fun! Just remember you don’t have to tell the entire internet about it.