What should you consider before posting photos of friends on social media? Prior to connecting with coworkers on Instagram
Billions of people worldwide now regularly turn to social networks to provide friends and strangers alike with snapshots and updates of their daily life and, in turn, see what friends, family, and acquaintances are doing at any given moment.
This should help you keep your "keyboard courage" in check.
Social media platforms are stages for all kinds of behavior -- the good, the bad and the ugly. I'm sure you have seen the nasty behavior, and the disappointing encouragement of it as well, but we will not dwell on those types today. Instead, we will focus on the paragons of excellence, the true alphas of the social media world, and what they are doing so well.
Even if your breakup wasn't messy, and you walked away from one another on a somewhat amicable note (like in my case), it's probably not such a good idea to pry into your past paramour's present life.
For all the shock, outrage and moralizing over the likes of Anthony Weiner, Geraldo and any number of reality show, former child stars and soon-to-be former pop stars, are their digital hijinks really that far removed from what has become commonplace behavior for millions online?
Auditing your online presence every three to four months, then tweaking a handful of profiles and posts as needed, requires no more than some organized strategizing and simple Google searches.
Like it or not, asked for or not, sought after or not, we leave an imprint that is tagged to us -- sewn on like a tail -- and leaves a trail in its wake that at its worst is reminiscent of storm debris.
We all make embarrassing mistakes online. While many warnings have been beaten into us by every cliché article on online etiquette, we have a tendency to recognize errors in other people while remaining blindly unaware of our own faux pas. Don't become another statistic.
What if engaging with new social technology meant you could have a better relationship with your teenager?
As the world is more intimately connected, our generation's digitization should not be berated by columnists as cover for laziness. When we make online birthday cards, our innovative implementation of timeless niceties should be lauded instead of pilloried.
1. Constantly post questionable jokes and tasteless photos. HR directors love pranksters and those with low moral standards.
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For the past 100 years, the Girl Scouts of America have embraced their "scout's honor." Today's Girl Scouts have evolved into more than just selling cookies and collecting badges.
Like many people, I've been irritated by the status updates of my Facebook friends. What a freaking idiot, I've sighed inwardly when I saw someone's sandwich update.
You're in a tricky spot right now, but it was your boss who made the misstep because he broke a simple Facebook rule: don't friend anyone who works for you, because it puts that person in a difficult position (as you're finding out).
I turned to my Facebook author page to see how these rules are evolving and was surprised to find a nearly unanimous bias against disclosing any relationship info at all to your "friends" -- especially among those 30 or older.
In 1968, Andy Warhol said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The future is here, but with the wrong click, that could easily turn into 15 minutes of infamy.
Is changing your Facebook status to "in a relationship" a new step in a couple's evolution?
Knowing who we are, and being able to communicate that online or in the real world, is imperative for the reputation of our personal brand.