Whatever social media site you use — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn — read the privacy settings on the website. Then read them again. These can be your life-lines. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Create lists to organize personal and professional contacts to control what they can or cannot see.
- Know how to untag yourself from embarrassing photos.
- Watch for being a fan of groups that might offend someone.
- Be aware that participating in quizzes will reveal information about you to others.
- Learn how to block someone from seeing anything about you.
- Tweet responsibly. Avoid “oversharing”. For example, try to avoid tweeting about a screaming match you’re having with a significant other. But if your organization is global, sharing information about a recent travel adventure could be helpful.
- Find a connection. Use common themes that everyone can identify with. Twitter isn’t as much about sharing your daily happenings, but more about what you have in common with others.
- Post a Disclaimer. If want to separate your personal and professional tweets as much as possible use a disclaimer such as the following, “This is a personal Twitter feed. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.”
Though the purpose of LinkedIn is for professional networking, some personal information may inadvertently seep in. Try to include information in your profile and activities that focus only on your professional endeavors.
- Public profile. Be aware of the information made available on your public profile, as this can be visible to everyone who searches for you, not just your “private” connections.
- Personal Information. Under the “Additional Information” section, be aware of any personal tidbits you might not want professional contacts to be aware of, such as some interests, website links, groups, birthdate, and marital status.
- Twitter and WordPress Feeds. LinkedIn allows you to automatically feed tweets from your twitter account to your profile page. If you want to avoid personal tweets being posted, add the hastag #in and only those tweets will appear on your status.On a similar note you can feed your WordPress blogs into your LinkedIn profile page as well with the WordPress application. Filter our personal blog entries by using the tag “linkedin” in the settings of your WordPress blog post.
Stay Safe! and Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!