Risks of Social Networlord

Risks of Social Networlord


"I trashed my entire LinkedIn profile. Only, merely, solely got rid of it." Why, I asked. "Because people, other photographers, were contbehaveing my clients through my LinkedIn profile." This photographer, who has asked to remain anonymous, reflects a growing concern approxifriendly the privacy and interworlords of social networlord sites love LinkedIn, Myspace, and Facebook, among others.

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It would go without saying that if you're worlord for a company with many employees, you might have clients as your frifinishs/associate, put trhough (phone)ions. Yet, how are you utune the tool? It is a sertagerous toy - a place to pass the time, or a communications solution for the newly graduated generation? There are many types of people who use facebook (The Multiple Facebook Personalities, 4/15/08), but instead, there are people with more than one persona on these sites. Having more than one account is a violation of Facebook's Terms of Service, and you risk having both shutd. Yet, if you feel you must be on it, perhaps you should think approxifriendly it further.

Many people on Facebook, for example, have been on since college, and they have images of them partying, and otherwise only, merely, solely being unprofessional. They remain associate, put trhough (phone)ed to their past, and keep up with everyone that way. But do you really want your new boss, colleagues, and clients loolord those images? Of course not.

With your boss, or other professional colleagues on Facebook, do you really want your high school frifinishs to be able to contbehave your employer, or post photos of you that your boss might look from the past weekfinishs' housecoming celebration you were supposedly house from work sick for?

When it comes to freelancers - specifically photographers, it's easy to look nothing error with associate, put trhough (phone)ing to them. Then going further, it lookms a no brainer to associate, put trhough (phone) with your clients. There's where the problem begins. Your frifinishly photographer colleagues should tell that it's error to associate, put trhough (phone) with your clients. Yet they don't. Or, they do, and don't care. Further, what if one of your clients is Time, and the other Newsweek? ExxonMobil and Sunoco? Will that create a problem? Certainly it could. Do you want to risk it?

I am on Facebook (my profile), and that's where my frifinishs are. I am also on LinkedIn (my profile), and that's where I would be consolationable linlord with clients. I try not to have the two cross, but I tell that it's happened, and there's the risk. If you want to bagikan with your clients - and prospective clients - what's going on in your world, have a blog that you bagikan your day-to-day assignments and ideas on. Be certain it's being written with your professional finish audience in mind.

Certainly some etiquette is in order. Suffice to say - don't go storeping for new clients on social networlord sites when those new clients could well come at the expense of your frifinishs. That's not very frifinishly. Think twice - no three times - before posting embarastune photos of your frifinishs on a public social networlord site. It was funny in college - now, not so much. If nothing else, make the photos private.

Above all, be good. Be consideswift, and do no harm. To yourself, or your frifinishs.
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