Monday, April 14, 2014

Privacy

Why post it, if you don't want someone to read it, watch it, look at it, or hear it?  Do you know who your Audience is... when you post?

Facebook and other social media platforms, are worrisome. I worry about the implications that could come about from what I post. I have accounts on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, ...and the list goes on. I look at my former colleagues Facebook posts, and I wonder, will their post be what keeps them out of an interview for a competitive job?
Spacebook Facebook, Storm Trooper moaning about boss Darth Vader by artist unknown
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I use Facebook for posting photos of my family to my parents back in the USA, and my wife's family in Australia. It helps me keep connected. But, I don't use social media to show off all of the content I create. I don't post photos of myself, or colleagues from social gatherings, mainly to protect their privacy. I might post something relaxing from a holiday, but I tend to post them to my inner circles, and not to all of Facebook. Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com states in her article,
"A third (34%) of employers who scan social media profiles said they have found content that has caused them not to hire the candidate. About half of those employers said they didn’t offer a job candidate the position because of provocative or inappropriate photos and information posted on his or her profile; while 45% said they chose not to hire someone because of evidence of drinking and/or drug use on his or her social profiles. Other reasons they decided not to offer the job: the candidate’s profile displayed poor communication skills, he or she bad mouthed previous employers, made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, or religion, or lied about qualifications."
What you post matters.  It could be the difference between you winning your next job, or not. But, there are tools like Simplewa.sh that help to remove your social media 'mistakes'.  It may be a good idea, when you look for that next teaching position, to have a look at your profiles and see what may be questionable.

This is Cross-blogged from my COETAIL blog.