The Social Media Etiquette Guide
Sharing our personal lives on the internet is easier than ever before. This raises the question: are there certain things that should remain off the world-wide web? The simple answer is yes, absolutely. Social Media is a powerful tool that connects people from across the globe, but our actions on the internet can be both damaging and permanent. As Uncle Ben would say, with great power comes great responsibility, so here is a list of some things you should consider before hitting that post button.
Social media profiles are essentially virtual copies of yourself. Therefore, using vulgar or offensive language is incredibly harmful to your image and reputation. With that being said, employers do not want to hire anyone that could destroy their company’s pristine brand, so rather than ruining your chances of landing that dream job, avoid using inappropriate language online.
We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but you definitely wouldn’t want those words saying something that could potentially hurt your career. An employer is concerned about your photos because they reflect your ability to represent their company both in and out of the workplace. The golden rule is, “if you wouldn’t show it your grandma, then don’t post it.”
You should not post online complaints about someone you know, such as a colleague or employer. This demonstrates a lack of professionalism and maturity, which are major red flags for potential employees. Quite frankly, employers do not want to hire someone that cannot voice constructive criticism in a professional manner.
The first amendment protects your right to free speech, but it does not protect you from being fired for expressing an extreme opinion. Simply put, extreme opinions are often seen as polarizing and divisive. Above all, you could be risking your current or future employment with companies that do not share your extreme opinions.
5. Sharing Content
You should NEVER post another person’s pictures, artwork, or other content with the intent of passing it off as your own. Employers do not tolerate plagiarism because it is a crime. Furthermore, it completely diminishes your credibility in the professional world. Instead, create your own original content or ask the original owner for their permission!
In today’s professional world everyone must be mindful of their online presence. Good luck and happy posting!
Viviana Barreto Roballo is a high school student at the Newton College and Career Academy. As an intern for Home Grown Digital, she works in the marketing and media management department to practice creating and distributing content.