As I scroll through my social media accounts (facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.) I sometimes think “why would they post that?” Choosing a profession where social media is a big aspect made me take a step back and start to wonder what is appropriate for social media accounts and what isn’t. Before I post something on any social media account I have, the types of things I think are “would my parents be mad if they seen this?, and Would this picture prevent me from getting a job in the future?” Other people do not think about these kinds of questions when they post a picture or status on their social media site and can sometimes be the reason that they didn’t get a job that they really wanted.
The first social media site that I use that makes me wonder things like this is instagram. Instagram is a social media account where the user can post pictures or videos up to fifteen seconds long and their ‘followers’ can like or comment on the posts. On my own personal social media account I see pictures of people that I follow wishing to have a career as a teacher, nurse, lawyer, or journalist posting pictures that I would think be inappropriate for their future careers. For example there is a girl on my personal instagram account who currently studies elementary education at college and wishes to be a elementary school teacher when she graduates college. Occasionally scrolling through my news feed I see pictures of this girl being clearly intoxicated with bottles of alcohol in her hands with drug paraphernalia in the background. For someone who wishes to be teaching children in the future I would think she would have enough sense not to post pictures like that. With social media accounts being so popular in today’s society it is becoming more common for employers to check potential employers social media accounts before employers decide to hire or not hire an employee.
Another social media site that I use that leads me to ask myself “what were they thinking?” is the micro-blogging social media site known as twitter. I follow a range of different people on twitter including friends, people I’ve met one time, people I don’t like, classmates, co-workers, etc. After searching ourselves in class and looking over my last 100 tweets I learned that I complain about working too much and this in the future can cause problems for me. A big chunk of my tweets from a month or so ago are between my co-worker and I discussing how stressed we were during that night and us complaining about working. In the website reputation.com which is a website that gives advice about what to post on social media sites discusses how people shouldn’t complain about their job online. This website states “If you have a genuine work issue, it will not do you any good to pour out your frustration online.” With this being said is posting something bad about your employer online really going to solve the problem you have going on at work? No, so there is no reason for people to tweet, update or post anything about what is going on in their workplace. Also by talking bad about your work place on a social media site doesn’t exactly make an employee jump at the chance to hire you.
The third and final social media site that I use in my daily life that can affect how an employer thinks and probably the most popular is facebook. Facebook is much more popular than twitter or instagram and in my opinion can cause more damage than either social media site. I used the huffintonpost.com to look for articles discussing how social media sites affect the ways that employers view potential employees and came across an article titled “11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014″ written by Renee Jacques. In this article, reason number 2 is titled “facebook makes it impossible for you to stay ‘private’.” This statement is so true because it doesn’t matter if you make your facebook private because if a company wants to view your profile they will and it doesn’t matter that you delete a picture or post off of your social media account because there are still ways to view those posts and pictures. It is always important to remember when posting something on a social media account that once something is on the internet it can never really be deleted.
A site that I found useful in learning what is and isn’t appropriate for posting online is gentwenty.com which has an article discussing why people need to be careful about what is posted online written by Maggie McMillan. This website lists a number of reasons that people should monitor what they are posting including; losing your job, losing your education, and what is posted can influence positional danger. These reasons as well as the reasons listed above describe why it is important to always think before you and post.
(2014) How Your Online Reputation Affects Your Professional Career. Retrieved May 14, 2014 from http://www.reputation.com/reputationwatch/articles/how-your-online-reputation-affects-your-professional-career
(2013, December 30) 11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014 . Retrieved May 14, 2014 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/30/reasons-quit-facebook_n_4493791.html
(2014, January 3) Mindful sharing: Why you need to be careful about what you post online. Retrieved May 14, 2014 from https://gentwenty.com/mindful-sharing-why-you-need-to-be-careful-about-what-you-post-online