What Do Your Social Sites Say About You?

Dear “Friend” Who Posted a Naked Picture on my Facebook Wall,Sorry but I’ve had to delete your post on my wall. I appreciate the thought (even though you posted the same naked picture on all of your “friends” walls). It’s not that I have anything against nudity but it’s just not funny, and I can’t say it’s something I want my dad to see on my profile or my boss or my co-workers or a potential employer.
-Your “Friend” Lori

Have you ever thought about what all your social sites combined say about you? Do you care?

I am very aware that my online persona says a lot about me. With every blog post, every Bloglines subscription, every tweet, every del.icio.us tag I make a conscious choice. What does this say about me? Is this public or private? Which account does this belong to?

I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks before tweeting. Here’s a great post on Remarkablogger What Picture Do Your Social Media Activities Paint about You?

Does this sound like too much work? It’s really not. Both Bloglines and del.icio.us allow you to mark posts as private. There are also tools like Meebo and twhirl that let you manage multiple IM and Twitter accounts.

Many employers Google search candidates before hiring them and now many employers are going directly to social networking sites to perform searches as well. When you add up all your social networking sites it paints a permanent picture. What does your picture say about you?

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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