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PostHeaderIcon Phooey on social media privacy

As with most of what I read these days, someone (Denise over at Aday VA actually) posted (tweeted) a link to this article “Social Media Privacy? Get Over It.

It’s interesting and a conversation I’ve had over and over with colleagues and friends. How much is too much information? I’m pretty open, I don’t lock or require authorization to read anything I do on social media. I talk about my kids, my reading habits, links to free Kindle books, review restaurants, complain about a client or two, rave about more than a few clients, retweet articles, I’ve probably even dropped the F-word a time or two.

I figure that at this stage in my life and career, I am who I am. I have a few people I follow that are all business all the time. Those are the ones that I tend to ignore, to be honest. It’s not all that interesting to know that yes, you are looking for clients. Get in line, honey.

So, today, if someone is following me on Twitter or Facebook, they know that my kid is sick (and has made me sick), I’m reading Under The Dome by Stephen King, my other kid had clarinet lessons last night, I have a new client I’m having a hard time getting to let go, and I just celebrated my birthday and 17 years of marriage to my husband.

Do I think you can over-share? You betcha. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find things I’ve said that were inappropriate and maybe not very politically correct. But that’s also kind of how I am in real life. I can throw appropriateness out the door and be very unPC. I’m okay with that. I don’t drunkenly post or post about my late night exploits, but it’s okay to commiserate with a colleague about how her kid won’t sleep or with a client who absolutely loved the most recent movie they watched. I’m not going to hide who I am.

I mentioned above that all business is kinda boring. But I also think that your followers/friends/whatever should know what you do. Every now and then, I think it’s important to remind people “Oh yeah, hey, I’m a real estate agent” – or whatever – by saying you closed a sale or you did this or that. I follow people that forget to do that and I have absolutely no idea what they do unless I follow through to their profile information (which admittedly people don’t do all that often after the initial add). I aim to keep my stuff 80-90% personal. Seems high, but how interesting is bookkeeping – I mean really?

My point? I think it’s okay to be yourself and open about it. Others don’t, but I have yet to find a good defining reason as to why not. People cite crazies finding out where you live or where you are at. Well, frankly, that’s easy enough with public records or just dumb luck. There are so many things to be worried about – social media just isn’t one of them for me.

What is your thoughts on social media? Are we all too open? Too reserved? How do you handle your own privacy issues surrounding social media?

4 Responses to “Phooey on social media privacy”

  • Dy says:

    The main reason I wish I could achieve separation has to do with the economy. Yes, the economy. After 16 years with one employer my husband got laid off and had to job hunt. While I am pretty free and easy on my own behalf, I don’t want someone thinking about hiring him to find ME on the web, read, and decide against him based on something stupid I might have said sometime in the past ten years.

    That said, I think its a lost cause. You’re out there, or you’re not. And if you are not going to be you have to have a plan for it from the get-go; you can’t change your mind later. Well, you can go from private to public, I think, but not the other way around. I know, I tried. Twice.

  • Candy says:

    I guess my point is… if an employer is going to delve that deeply into someone’s stuff as to look back through their wife’s silly twitter account, does he really want to work there? I dunno, I figure it is what it is.

  • Justin says:

    I doubt I have to tell you, but I’m in the “let it all hang out” camp. (Despite vicious rumors of being obsessively private.)

    My feeling is, I am who I am. If you don’t like the things I say – whether it’s about my love of shoes, my quest to ride a skateboard, or celery-based fetishism – then you don’t like me, and if you don’t like me, then I probably don’t want to work with you in the first place! (I will admit, however, that I have the luxury of being self-employed, and a lot less to fear from potential clients than an employer.)

    I generally try to make it pretty clear whether something is personal or professional. If you want to see my professional work, look at my pro site, not my personal blog, and my blog says as much. It’s the same with places like Twitter – if you want to get to know Justin, you follow @JustinRyan. If you’re interested in business and nothing else, you follow @DuckDuckBlue. If you ask me, @JustinRyan is a lot more fun to follow. 😉
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  • Candy says:

    Justin – ah, so you keep separate accounts – how much bleeds over though? Do you think people pay attention to DuckDuckBlue? Or just to JustinRyan? Do you think clients truly only follow one or the other? I do have separate Twitter accounts, one for TexVAL.com and 2minuteswithava.com – I also have OffAssist, but it’s dormant because I can’t figure out if I want to bother with it.

    I dunno, business has changed a lot in the past decade. I want to know WHO I’m working with/for. Those are the people I connect with. Interesting comments, guys!

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