Some people just don’t get Twitter. Twitter has become extremely popular and like most social media sites, it has become something that is checked by recruiters and human resources people before they make job offers. In fact, many recruiters use the web to check and screen applicants prior to interviews, using what they find to make judgement calls based on the information discovered.
Why would some people post some of the things they are doing at work or during their own time when the actions are entirely questionable at the best of times? I just don’t see what these people are thinking.
With these social networks embedding themselves firmly into the social fabric, people have to remember that they have an online reputation that could eventually come back to haunt them. More employers are starting to monitor the online behavior of their employees. HR people recommend that a good rule to live by is to not do anything online that you don’t want to come back to haunt you later.
In a quick search on Twitter, I was amazed at what some people were putting in their tweets.
Here are some actual Twitter Tweets that people had included in their updates (yes these are real).
People often forget that social media is just that – social. Entering in a quick update on Twitter can be viewed instantly by those who are following and by anyone who does a search. Plus, with the authority that these sites have obtained, much of the user generated content is indexed quickly and hangs around for some time in the various search engine cache systems even if deleted by the user.
Online reputation management has to be a concern of everyone. Seemingly innocent comments can be taken out of context and take on a whole different meaning outside the social networking arena in which they were made. Employers have recognized the power of social networking to learn about potential (and existing) employees. It is time that employees realize the same.
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