Social Networks and the task Place

How many co-workers from your own workplace are on Facebook? MySpace? AIM? Twitter? Are internet sites acting as a buffer to real life social interaction at your workplace? These social networks and many like them have enabled a different type of co-existence in the work place. You can be involved with a person’s “life” depending how much they post notifications or photos about themselves for your viewing pleasure.
How many times perhaps you have sent a message with a social networking to ask, “What’s for lunch?” when the co-worker your asking is right close to you or really near by? There may be so much interaction with a co-worker on these social networks without actually having to come face-to-face with people for days, weeks or months. This may or may not be a good thing for a relationship in lots of respects. For example: You can observe how their vacation went just by considering their photos (after they are posted) without ever actually talking with them in person. According to what you see, it’ll be left to your assumption. There is also the lack of emitting physical emotions by just words. To slightly help with the emitting of physical emotions, emoticons and certain symbols have already been created.
Can these social networks get you into trouble? There have been many instances where you have read about a co-worker or you have vented about focus on these social networks. At this time, it is your personal responsibility to partake in the venting or ignore. What if you were scrutinized by a superior at the job for a posting on your profile related to the task place? As the social media marketing revolution rises, tracking what a worker does or says has become a lot easier. There were recorded instances where a worker has been fired from their position due to a venting or complaint about their workplace. Also, there were recent findings that employers check internet sites whenever your application is received, and therefore if you have indecent pictures, comments or posts you might not even be looked at for that position without considering your credentials.
Some social networking tips for the work place:
Do not post in anger. Although you may delete it afterwords, there exists a possibility it is usually found by way of a simple Google search.
Many of the internet sites offer privacy settings that allow you to decide who you thought we would connect with. So create filters and even block people you don’t want to connect.
Be wary of the photos you add and are made viewable to everyone in your social networking circle.
Try not to associate accounts or profiles with a work e-mail account for anyone who is provided one.
Bottom line is – Watch what you say. Monitor what you add. Watch who you connect to.