These days Facebook has become more than a pseudo MySpace. It’s a place where you can promote your work, reconnect with people after high school and college and most importantly, it is an open portal for outsiders to see right into your life. Along with Twitter, you can essentially know what anyone is doing at any given time. In order to use your Facebook to positively benefit your life and career, keep it clean and professional. Before you post that risqué comment or picture on your page, be sure to ask yourself these questions.
Would you want your grandparents to see the content on your page?
So your best friend snuck that picture of you dancing on top of a table with a red solo cup onto Facebook. If your cute little grandparents saw that, even if you have a fabulously open relationship with them, would you be slightly embarrassed? If your answer is yes, where do you go from there? Recently, Facebook has been upgrading their privacy policies. If a friend posts a photo of you that you aren’t happy with, you cannot only remove the tag, but you can also ask them to remove the picture. Remember: just because the picture isn’t shown on your page doesn’t mean that it’s removed from Facebook.
Would you want a future employer or a university admissions office to see the things on your page?
Let’s get real. No one wants to change their last name on their profile while they are applying for a job or to college. There are many options to hiding the “incriminating” things in your picture. I love using the retouch feature on my photo uploader. It is easy to blur things out that I wouldn’t want an employer seeing. While a red solo cup doesn’t necessarily have alcohol in it, one usually assumes that that’s the case. So just to be safe, I blur those out. Another option is to just not upload the picture! If that one picture is more important than a college acceptance or a potential job offer, put it up. If it’s something that you can keep for yourself and take it out later in life and laugh, then that works too.
If your current employer saw your Facebook page, would you be embarrassed to face them in the office on Monday?
Look, at some point in our lives we all play hooky, fake sick and head to the beach for the day. If you’re calling in sick, make a point to not upload pictures of you feeling phenomenal on social media websites. Some employers have been known to check on their employees, just to make sure they aren’t wasting the company’s time and/or money (if you get paid vacation). Just keep your secret to yourself! Don’t forget: being sneaky is only fun if you don’t get caught. Check out this article on how to keep in professional and classy on a job interview!
So make sure that when you’re on Facebook, you’re keeping it classy, fabulousand professional. Facebook is just another fad like the rest of these social media sites. Would it be worth it to alter someone’s perception of you or lose a potential employment option? The decision is yours. Use the web wisely!