Balance Your Personal and Professional Selves on Facebook

More people use Facebook than any other social network, which means that you need a Facebook strategy for your career. This is especially true since we usually use our personal accounts when we’re on it. Here are some tips for managing your personal account in relation to your professional identity:

  • Use your lists. Creating different lists for different groups of people – coworkers, friends, and professional contacts, for example – helps you keep track of whom you’re sharing things with.
  • Target each post. Before you hit “Enter,” double-check who will be able to see it. Should the post be public? For a specific list? For only you?
  • “View as colleague.” Use Facebook‘s “view as” feature to see what your profile looks like to other people. Make sure your colleagues, and your boss, see what you intend them to.
  • Change your defaults. If you use Facebook on your phone, set your default privacy settings to the narrowest possible audience. It’s better to share too narrowly than too widely.

Adapted from Being Professionally Personable on Facebook | Alexandra Samuel | Harvard Business Review.

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The Flight From Conversation

We use technology to keep one another at distances we can control: not too close, not too far, just right: the Goldilocks effect.

We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.

via The Flight From Conversation | NYTimes.com.

The Integrity Of The System Is Up You

Write it only if you mean it.

On Twitter, Sally Hogshead (one of my most favorite people!) asked, “How well do you need to know someone before endorsing them on LinkedIn?” My tweet back was: “I’d say well enough to give an authentic endorsement. I was asked to give one by someone I never worked with. Huh?!?” What’s the big deal? Why not just write a testimonial or endorsement for anyone who asks? It’s simple, fast and easy to do it and nobody gets hurt.

via The Integrity Of The System Is Up You | Six Pixels of Separation – Marketing and Communications Blog by Mitch Joel at Twist Image.

Lawyer assesses Pinterest’s copyright situation

A  woman named Kirsten decided to look into the legality of Pinterest.  After all, she’s a lawyer with a passion for photography.

What she found scared her so much, she shut down her Pinterest boards entirely.

Kirsten’s investigation began after she saw photographers complaining about copyright violations on Facebook.  She wondered why Facebook could get in trouble for copyright violation and Pinterest couldn’t.

She browsed Pinterest’s Terms of Use section. In it she found Pinterest’s members are solely responsible for what they pin and repin. They must have explicit permission from the owner to post everything.

via Lawyer assesses Pinterest’s copyright situation | Business Insider.