I have always maintained that any personal social networking policy should begin and end with one simple instruction.
Don’t be Stupid!
I’ve always felt like that pretty much covers it. If something is too stupid to do in person, don’t do it online. Thus, don’t have too much to drink and interact online, don’t write when you’re angry, don’t discuss confidential matters, don’t complain about your coworkers, or the organization you work for in public, etc. I’ve always felt that if you could master that simple rule, you’d be a lot better off.
In the last week, actually a bit more than a week, I’ve had to remind myself of that rule, and stay away from social networking. Thus, no blog posts, not much from me on Twitter or Facebook, heck I’ve barely even been emailing anyone. The reason for this? I’ve been dealing with a cold/flu/cough. Thus, I don’t feel all that great, I’m not sleeping well and I’m usually fairly medicated. This leads to me being grumpy, tired and not thinking clearly. Thus, my ability to not be stupid when I open my mouth, in real life or virtually, is pretty well diminished.
Since I have been unable to assure myself of my ability to abide by my #1 rule of social networking, I’ve done the next best thing. I’ve stayed away from it, and haven’t managed to say anything online that might be a problem for me either personally or professionally. I pass this career advice along, for your benefit. 😉
Hope to be back to normal, and have some more interesting things to talk about, soon!