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This is a great excerpt from the referenced article: Fired on Facebook: 

The importance of a personal brand is seldom well explained to juniors, and aspiring middle level careerists. It is nonetheless real. I certainly wish that I had done more of this in my mid 20s. I have had to involve HR on social networking related work posts with significant outcomes on more than a single occassion. 

FYI, my firm blocks are SNW execpt for DT.   

Date: 2009-08-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missingvolume.livejournal.com
One friend had to rename his LJ and lock it all down because someone didn't like that he had a shirtless photo of himself on it and he is a grad student instructor. As for myself I really don't post personal stuff to my LJ. Now facebook I play a ton of games but there I don't do any work stuff really.

Date: 2009-08-17 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 8bitnintendo.livejournal.com
I have mixed feelings on that. I did go back through my Facebook and untag a couple of pictures (the vinyl from D*C) once I started accumulating work-related friends. But I'm not going to untag, for example, the steampunk pictures or anything that's not particularly risque, even if it is weird. And my work-related griping is friendslocked, and usually not too specific anyway.

I figure if my employer is going to get spun up about the fact that I have a personal life and opinions, I probably don't want to be working for them anyway.

Date: 2009-08-17 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] house-pundit.livejournal.com
Hrms. I just developed a new policy for all social networking sites. Simple: I wouldn't date anyone from the office, I wouldn't put anyone from the office (or other business contact) on my social networking flist.

Straight up for boss. Boss is now in the position of getting cranky over not invading my personal life because the prohibition is person-neutral.

"I have everything to hide. Just like I hide any revealing photos by not posting them on the internet in the first place, and I don't kiss and tell, and I limit who I bore with my medical sagas, I draw boundaries for purposes of professionalism. There aren't any wild party photos or rants about work, it's generally quite boring. However, work is work, family and non-work social is simply best kept separate. It's nothing personal, it's an over-arching policy."

Date: 2009-08-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boogieshoes.livejournal.com
i'm with julie here. it's nothing personal, and i often tell co-workers about specific posts or stories from my main social networking site (LJ). but i don't friend work-folks, because LJ is play-space, personal-space. i like the boundaries between work and play, tyvm.

btw, i sent you cookies a couple weeks ago - i know the customs guys can be a bit slow, but have you seen the cookies yet?


Date: 2009-08-17 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smjayman.livejournal.com
Don't know if you are on my FB or not, but it is pretty neutral. I don't discuss much of anything on there that isn't commonly known about myself. LJ is a bit more personal, but I still don't discuss work that heavily here, for all the obvious reasons. The more senior you are within an organization, the more heavily you have to separate your personal and professional lives. Of course, now that I'm a workin' class schlub, maybe it shouldn't matter to me, but it still does. ;)

Date: 2009-08-18 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webbiegrrl.livejournal.com
I don't understand the whole idea of NOT flocking things. Granted, yes, you can get past the FB (aka OpenBook) security or worse, MySpace lack thereof, but at least make the attempt. It's like my father always said of regular locks: they only keep an honest man out.

My MS is 95% for music or flirting with guys from dating sites. There is ZERO on there other than music or flirting with hot boyz.

My LJ was about 95% Barflies and honestly, it started wearing thin. I didn't want to share things here thinking I didn't want certain people on my flist to know this or that and I started to UNfriend people but then I really looked at my flist. I'd've had to unfriend nearly everyone.

Instead, I got on FB in May, finally, after years and years and YEARS of resisting. I get a LOT of requests to friend me. I did do a mass friending of 'flies and other communities I'm in or have been in over the years when I first signed up (swelled 50 or 60 people onto my flist in the first 24 hrs) but I've been refusing friend requests since June with fair regularity. In fact, I think I may have added only one person and it was someone I once knew in high school who is more concerned about other people we knew back then finding him out, so to speak, than I am about him being on my FB.

I created a Writer/Artist "Page" for my FB presence that is 100% about my writing and NOTHING personal. I left it basically open and whenever I refuse a friend request, I invite them to "become a fan" of my Writer Page instead. If they don't actually know me, why do they want into my personal profile?

There are some "net acquaintances" on my FB flist I now regret. I've had to actually UNfriend a couple (Barflies, by coincidence) for their hatespeak and other types of intolerance, esp. given how many of my friends from other arenas are outside the "vanilla norm" of the right-wing moral "majority" self-righteous asshole world. I might still do a little housecleaning but I haven't been posting enough of late to worry about it.

My Twitterstream was the only real risk arena b/c it's so "impulse" driven - I'd routinely tweet without thinking who's on my twitter flist just because I was so excited about this or that. It was quite some time ago, however, that Twitter "broke" the IM script and to my knowledge, they never fixed it. I wanted to get my phone rehooked in, but they came "back online" with only the major networks (Cricketphone is widespread and fully reliable, great service but not a major network so not on Twitter's "list of approved providers") How f**ked to have only the cell carriers they list rather than simply implementing the script used elsewhere on the net for receiving SMS messages. Du-uhhhh.

I'm better off NOT tweeting all the time, though. I had Brightkite linked to feed through automatically (but had to reset my privacy to "public" before sending the pic) so it was an "accident" waiting to happen. Plus my phone isn't as good at picture taking as say, an iPhone *drools*

I see Leo asked but you skimmed right past this so I'll ask again :) what does SNW stand for? And DT?

don't forget about the copy/paste gremlins

Date: 2009-08-18 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webbiegrrl.livejournal.com
That Brazen Careerist guy needs to learn English grammar -- or proofreading! The other article, on branding, was far better and they both do discuss branding yourself but my marketing mind keeps thinking they mean actual branding, in the marketing sense. I don't think they do.

Regardless of any misuse of the term/concept "branding oneself" it should be noted neither article nor any of your prior commentators has pointed out that all it takes is someone from Privacy List A to copy/paste a remark you made to them thinking it was secure to Privacy List B personnel and *poof* all privacy is gone. Some of your readers (Barflies) have done this to me--copied things I said to them in private, one-on-one conversations and pasted them into messages or IMs to others with whom I would specifically have never shared that information.

In case anyone thinks they are safe because regular Googling of themselves does not turn up any incriminating results on cached web pages--think again. Unless you are wiping the memories and copy/paste abilities of everyone with whom you have contact, you never can tell when something you say--or the person to whom you say it--will come back to bite or stab you in the ass.
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