It seems that our generation is lacking a crucial filter when outputting their thoughts to the world. The youth today is so used to having instant gratification that even the time spent filtering what may not be appropriate even takes too long. Technology is allowing social media to become more and more intrusive, therefor enabling the many naive individuals to spew their verbal diarrhea across many different platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Tumblr, and others are all having a profound impact on todays youth and how the socialize with their peers. Many young people are essentially creating windows into their personal lives without realizing the repercussions that this may have on their future. Individuals need to hold themselves accountable for their actions and become more aware of how the world perceives them based on their on-line presence. This is why social media policies are becoming more relevant.
Realizing that I have not been managing my social media outlets in a professional way. I find that outlining how I should be using these platforms in a personal social media policy helps to streamline how I choose to connect with people based on the social media outlet that I use.
1.Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect
I agree with this whole-heartedly. If I don’t know you already, and you are choosing to connect with me, I would like to know why you felt the need to connect.
2. Follow, add, friend: You’re my friend?
My policies around “friending” following and adding differ between platforms. For example, if I receive a friend request on Facebook, and I know the person, or have at least met them a few times through friends, chances are that I will accept the request and add them to my acquaintances list. However I will only connect with professionals that i know or have worked with on Linkedin.
3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: VIP only… Are you important enough?
I make a conscious effort to not post things that I would be worried about everyone I know seeing. Keeping that in mind I also feel the need to adjust the privacy settings on my Facebook page in order to limit what kind of information each of my groups can access. I have several groups set up for my own benefit, and have categorized all my friends into groups, (classmates, close friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances).
4. Signal to noise: Hey Everyone, I’m on my period…. oh wait, I posted that already.
I feel like too many people feel they need to post everything. I can’t understand this obsession with chronicling the most mundane and irrelevant details in everyday life, and putting it out there for the world to see. Lets face it I don’t need to know how my “friends” are feeling every second of the day, or what you ate at every meal. Who actually cares about this stuff…. I don’t, and I am beyond irritated when it is always thrown in my face.
Also game updates can get irritating when there are continuous updates in a row… please just don’t do it.
My “too much information” blinders go up the second I read a post about sexual encounters, menstrual cycle, or bodily functions. Yes some people may be comfortable sharing this stuff with the world, but that doesn’t mean that I am peachy when it appears in my news feed.
5. Personal data and sharing: You want my number?
As far as my personal information goes, the world does not need to know my address, my phone number, and other similar information. I find this information more relevant for me on sites like Linkedin where I am connecting with professionals, however for Facebook I find it irrelevant. I am using different social media sites to fulfill different needs therefore the way that I connect on them and the information that I share will vary from platform to platform.
6. My networking needs and uses: Socialize, Network, and be Inspired.
I use Facebook to keep up to date on family and friends that I don’t get to see often, especially those who live out of town. As well as to stay up to date with schoolwork and family events.
Linkedin is how I network professionally, whether it is with industry people or other professionals that I know. I look at this mainly from a future employment opportunity aspect, and therefor treat it as such.
Pinterest (I am not sure if this qualifies, but I am classifying it anyway) is where I find inspiration. I follow friends who I know have similar tastes as me, as well as some that I know are drastically different. I enjoy the variation that this brings to my feed and it aids in the constant search for inspiration. For me Pinterest is simply the things that I like, that inspire me and that make me smile. Simple as that.
In the end I think it is important for everyone to take the time to make their own personal social media policy. It wasn’t until answering these questions that I realized how I could improve my social networking . I strongly encourage taking the time to visit this site publicrelationsmatters.com and do some research of your own and take the time to fill in the questions.