“Never Say, Do or Engage thru Social Media in a way that you do not want to be heard, seen or perceived in life.” ~ @NCWiseman
Previously I wrote an article about Steve who did not get a job because of what a recruiter found on his facebook wall.
If the recruiter had told Steve that he did not get hired because of the pictures and statements he had on his Facebook timeline, I am sure Steve would have blamed his failure to get hired on Facebook.
However, it’s not Facebook’s fault, it is 100% Steve’s fault.
Here are the 8 reasons why this is true:
- Facebook did not take the pictures of Steve drinking and partying night after night
- Facebook did not twist Steve’s arm or his friends arm to post the pictures on Facebook
- Facebook is not the one responsible for telling Steve’s friends (or Steve) not to tag him in these pictures and posts
- Facebook gave Steve tools to manage his privacy. Steve is the one who failed to manage his privacy settings
- Facebook had no idea that Steve was looking for a job and that these pictures could be a problem in the job hunt. Steve should have known this
- Facebook is not responsible to mentor or coach Steve on how what he does in public may come back to bite him
- Facebook is a Social Networking tool and by default the application has the posts set to share Socially, despite what content you decide to post on it.
- Facebook is not into censorship, making decisions as to who can see what pictures and posts Steve makes on this application. Steve should be responsible enough to change these sharing permissions when he decided to share images that may hurt his career and business goals.
“Never Say, Do or Engage thru Social Media in a way that you do not want to be heard, seen or perceived in life.” ~ @NCWiseman – I wrote this statement years ago and live by it everyday. By doing so, I have no Fear or Risk of what I do with Social Media.
Steve, and everyone else needs to think this way.
Please be Responsible.